Forget best players, what we tackle today is which players are the most valuable to the success of the New York Jets in 2016.
When all-time great Jim Brown took home the very first NFL MVP award in 1957 for his Cleveland Browns, a new discussion had just commenced.
The world didn’t yet know it, but it started that season.
Did the NFL MVP essentially mean “best player in the league?”
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Obviously, if you know a thing or two about major professional sports in this country, you understand the easy answer. It does not.
The MVP defines the “most valuable player” and has universally taken on that role in all sports. While it’s a mix of value and overall talent/skill, it’s very rarely simply handed out to the best player.
Today, as we float around in the year 2016, the meaning behind the award holds true. And perhaps in no other sport does this hold truer than in football.
The most important position in all of sports (quarterback) has taken home the award a ridiculous 39 times. Only twice have defenders won.
Aside from ticking off every defensive football player on Earth, the award has, for the most part, held its worth in only being dished out to most valuable pieces on the football field.
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Staying in MVP mode while throwing the New York Jets into the equation provides great entertainment. Not only do the valuable parts not match up with their best talent, but one of their key parts is still lingering out in free agent land.
Nonetheless, the question has been posed and we’re here to rescue things. Here are the most valuable players who are critical in the New York Jets success in 2016: