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vikings.com Poll: Defensive MVP

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 9, 2010 – 3:28 pm

The current poll on vikings.com asks fans to vote for a defensive MVP (not including DE Jared Allen). Allen is excluded from the voting because including him would’ve likely resulted in lopsided numbers.

So, before you go to the home page to cast your vote, let’s take a look at the options and see each player’s credentials.

LB Chad Greenway: In his 4th NFL season, Greenway led the Vikings in tackles with 127 and stepped up his game when middle LB E.J. Henderson was lost for the season. Greenway is a 3-down LB because of his athleticism and versatility, meaning he’s on the field regardless of down and distance. An instinctive defender with a nose for the football, Greenway led all NFL LBs with 6 takeaways in 2009 – 3 INTs and 3 fumble recoveries.

CB Cedric Griffin: A physical and hard-hitting CB, Griffin tallied 71 tackles in 2009 and also added 2 forced fumbles. In addition to performing well on defense, Griffin also registered 4 special teams tackles and did a nice job holding the edge on the kickoff return unit. But the reason Griffin is a candidate for Defensive MVP is because he stepped up his game when fellow starting CB Antoine Winfield went down for 6 games. Griffin tallied a career-high 4 INTs in 2009 and was the leader of the secondary with Winfield out of the lineup.

LB E.J. Henderson: The defense still played with plenty of heart and soul when Henderson was lost for the season in Week 12, but there’s no denying Leslie Frazier’s unit suffered a big blow when the starting middle LB hurt his leg. Though he missed the last 4 games of the regular season (plus 2 playoff games), Henderson still finished 2nd on the team in tackles with 100 and he also tallied 5 passes defensed, 4 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. Henderson either led or tied for the lead in tackles in 8 of the 12 games he played in this year. He is the quiet leader of the Vikings defense and was clearly missed when he was forced out of the lineup with an injury.

DT Kevin Williams: Perhaps the Vikings best defensive player, Williams had another solid campaign in 2009. He’s constantly double-teamed and remains a player opposing teams must game plan around every week. Not since John Randle have the Vikings had an interior defensive lineman with this much pass rushing ability, yet Williams is justifiably more known for his ability to stop the run. He tied for 1st among NFL DTs this season with 6.0 sacks and he also tallied 55 tackles, 6 passes defensed, 6 tackles for a loss, 1 FF, 1 FR and 36 QB hurries.

CB Antoine Winfield: Although he missed 6 games this season due to injury, Winfield is an option in the poll because it was clear the Vikings defense was missing a big piece when he was out of the lineup. Winfield finished with 58 tackles, 9 passes defensed, 2 tackles for a loss, 1.0 sack, 1 INT and 1 FF in just 10 games. In his return from injury in Week 14 against Cincinnati, Winfield made an immediate impact by recording 10 tackles (9 solo). In a sign of the respect he’s earned across the league, Winfield was named to the Pro Bowl even though he missed those 6 games.


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16 Responses to “vikings.com Poll: Defensive MVP”

  1. By Derek on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    I voted for Greenway, I really like how he plays. The INT against the Giants was a great one!

  2. By TW VIKE on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    #93 Kevin Williams.

  3. By m. andre on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    Ditto Derek.

  4. By hank on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    GREENWAY

  5. By jbork88 on Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

    i wanted to vote for pat williams, BUT I COULDN’T

  6. By Hornedhelm on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    I love Greenway, he is a great addition. I wish that some how we could land AJ Hawk from Greenbay. I know he is not a star over there but in the right system (ours) the kid will shine bright.

  7. By frye on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    Where the heck do I vote?!
    I wanna vote for them all!

  8. By Robin S. on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    I voted for Henderson because I could see that he was very much missed when he got hurt. But, I like all of them and could have voted for any of them. Winfield came back too soon. Hopefully all of them will be healthy for the next season and Brett comes back and we can go to the Super Bowl. We love you guys! Come back Brett!

  9. By Robin S. on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    I voted for Henderson because he was so good and was very much missed after he got hurt. But, I think you are all winners and I hope you all come back this year healthy and hungry for a Super Bowl.

  10. By SkolVikings on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    I’m going to be different and say Ray Edwards. I think his silent pressure from the weak side really made a difference for the entire front four, setting the table for the defense.

  11. By Chaz on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    Cedric Griffin.

  12. By greenbayhater on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    greenway

  13. By TW VIKE on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    I have changed my mind , the Vikings offense, when you score a lot of points it takes a lot of pressure of your defense !

  14. By vike4ever on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    it has to be greenway! once henderson got knocked out he was the leader and he kept the defense together

  15. By TW VIKE on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    #42 Darren Sharper, thats right we let him go ! We need help in our secondary.

  16. By Tom on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    #93 Kevin Williams

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