Monday, January 7, 2008

Bob Sanders earns Defensive Player of the Year

Bob "The Zombie" Sanders has garnered the AP's highest honor for a defensive player in the NFL. We always said that the Colts needed more balance. We always said the Colts had too few defensive stars to match Manning and Harrison. The Colts allowed the fewest points in the league this year. This award is another feather in Indy's cap.

Sanders is the first Colts player to win the award. His back-from-the-dead performance in the playoffs last year earned him national acclaim. The new found notoriety is ironic considering Sanders is one of the most enigmatic players in the league. According to Wikipedia: "Sanders claims to have been born in Erie, Pennsylvania in February of 1981. However, there is another school of thought that says Sanders is the latest in a line of humanoid, completely autonomous robots, originally conceived as a practically indestructible soldier and assassin, as well as an infiltrator. This sharply contrasts with reports from opposing players that suggest that Sanders was reanimated by a Voodoo curse. "

23 comments:

Ian said...

That's awesome! Bob-zilla rules.

Joel said...

All hail the Zombie! Now go out there and eat some Tomlinson-flavored brains.

JC said...

Wow - Bob Sanders doesn't rank in the top ten in one single major defensive category??? I must have heard that wrong.


Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie are totally ripping him right now on WEEI.

96 tackles, 3.5 sacks, ZERO forced fumbles, 2 INT's and a bunch of highlight reel hits.

Based on the hype he gets I thought he'd have better numbers than that.

Jacob Burch said...

based on the hype tom brady got pre-2007 i thought he'd have better numbers than that.

two no name boston hack-jobs may say what they wish, but defensive merit should hardly be considered by numbers and by a sheer witness to his effect on games.

zac said...

The greatest stat would be to rank the Colts' D with and without him. Other than that...simply watch a game and see the impact he makes, the plays he blows up, and how impossible it is to block him for 60 minutes.

jc said...

Jake:

Fred and Steve are both former NFL stars, one of whom should be in the HOF.

And "sheer witness to his effect on games" is pretty much what built Brady his hype. It certainly wasn't his numbers.

Bob M. said...

Okay, who checked wikipedia just to be sure....?

Daay 43 of my "Still Pissed Gary Brackett Is Not Receiving More Recognition" Tour. Coming soon to a bitter, resentful city near you.

So what was the Zombie's official speech/statement and how close was it to the voting results on this site? Placeholder on the mantel for (what should no doubt be Brackett's) SB MVP award? Brains...? The terminator line about reason and pity?

Jacob Burch said...

And "sheer witness to his effect on games" is pretty much what built Brady his hype. It certainly wasn't his numbers.

and you have made my point. i think tom brady deserves all the hype he gets (unless it's a silly thing like asserting he is sure-fire better than peyton manning), as i think our zombie does as well.

and former players do not a good journalist or commenter make. say hello to your nfl career rushing yards leader.

Anonymous said...

Well if two guys from Boston say he doesn't deserve it, then of course he doesn't.

*rolls eyes so hard, your eyes bgin to ache in sympathy.*

Deshawn Zombie said...

Let's just say we'll remember moments like this when years from now the same guys say that Brady was more than just about stats.

The problem is that we'll never know if the Pats could have won with a different QB (we know they could have in '01 since they won the AFC championship game without him), but we DO know how big a difference Sanders made to this defense. The before (32nd against the run and historically bad YPC) and the after (#1 scoring D)is pretty amazing.

Smerlas and DeOssie can gripe all they want; it all makes them look stupid. You can't win in their world. Freeney puts up double digit sack numbers, and they say he doesn't play the run. Sanders does a little bit of everything, and they bitch about him not having huge numbers. That's just stupid.

Demond Sanders said...

The Colts are missing SIX, count them, SIX starters off their Super Bowl D. Someone must be playing amazingly well. The media decided it must be Bob Sanders. I think they are right.

Big Dave said...

Bobzilla is a monster! He deserves this award above all others and will prove it against the Chargers this weekend. He's already the highest-payed safety in the league and now this. He's definitely having a good couple weeks. Let's extend that to three and beyond, shall we?

JC said...

True, Brady is about more than stats.

And believe me, I wasn't making a point about Brady.

I didn't even mention him. You guys did.

But I'll make my final point that I think the intangibles of the game are more frequently exhibited by a player that touches the ball on every single offensive snap, rather than a safety.

Don't get me wrong I think Sanders is a total freak - I just thought his numbers would be better than what they were.

Deshawn Zombie said...

And that's fair. Just understand why it would rankle us when anyone from Boston would want to see more stats.

jc said...

Oh Deshawn:

Not to go back to this because it's painful for me, but did you WATCH the Bledsoe game against Pittsburgh?

He hit his first three passes, then played the classic Drew Bledsoe big game with bad sacks, poor decisions, wasted timeouts, and fall-away jumpers that hit linebackers right in their chests.

I think he went 3 for his next 18 or something gross like that. I was ready to kill him midway through the 3rd quarter.

And we scored two DST TD's in spite of Bledsoe, the only potential hall of famer to lose his job three times.

Bob M. said...

The question now is, for those of you at the games, do you bring your big white "D" + "fence" props, or one that just says "D-P O Y" and instead of chanting "Dee-fense!" chant "Dee-Poy!"

DS/DZ, you find out anything about the cap pro-rating issue related to signing Bob S this year instead of during the offseason? I'd love to push whatever we can into the past (07 payroll year) but my guess is there wasn't any room available anyway.

So... do I now get my wife, who hates the Colts (mainly jealousy), a Bob Sanders jersey? I'm thinking Valentines Day.

Deshawn Zombie said...

I have asked the question several places, and everyone seems to tell me the same thing, "huh, I don't really know, I'll get back to you". I'm still waiting hear back. I've researched it as best I can, and can't seem to find any clear answer. I suppose the best way to find out would be to call the Bill Polian show.

Deshawn Zombie said...

If Bledsoe was that bad, and the Pats still won, why do people praise Brady for winning that Super Bowl? Sounds to me like that team was freaking great regardless of who was playing QB.

jc said...

More like the luckiest team ever.

Anonymous said...

ANSWER: None of the above

http://cache.colts.com/sub.cfm?page=article7&news_id=b9675013-c493-4ba7-9c90-ec7dc195db54

Ian said...

People are forgetting that he led the league in downfield blocks after an interception, and telling his teammates to lateral to him as he runs behind them. He's got the "Ed Reed lateral disease."

colts girl said...

Nice. Gotta love Bobzilla.

Anonymous said...

https://gmcnfl.com/

Above is the vote for the GMC Defensive Player of the Year. (Obviously, one should vote for Bob.) :-)