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The Sporting News Names Jared Allen Defensive Player Of The Year

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 25, 2012 – 1:44 pm

The post-season awards continue to roll in for Jared Allen following the best season of his career and a season in which he set a new Vikings single-season record with 22.0 sacks. His latest honor is a significant one, as the fine folks at The Sporting News have named Allen their Defensive Player of the Year.

This is not the “big” defensive player of the year award – that is the AP’s version of the award – but this is still a signiciant award because The Sporting News collects votes from players, coaches and executives in doling out post-season honors. Here is part of what The Sporting News wrote about Allen in making the announcement:

“With 22.0 sacks, the Vikings end was just one shy of breaking Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5, and a panel of 632 NFL players, coaches and executives chose him as Sporting News’ defensive player of the year by two votes (113-111) over second-place DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys.”

We’ve made the case in the past here on the vikings.com Blog that Allen should be named the AP’s Defensive Player of the Year, but we won’t find out if the AP’s voters correctly voted him as such. Other players across the League certainly had standout seasons, but I continue to think that no NFL defender played consistently at a higher level than Allen in 2011. There were only 3 games this season in which Allen did not register a sack, and he also had 6 multi-sack games and 3 games with 3+ sacks. Adding to his impressive season is the fact that Allen also had 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and 1 INT. He was consistently the Vikings best player all season, and opponents had a hard time stopping him even though it was their #1 priority coming into the game.

The Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year award is just the latest post-season award to come Allen’s way. He was named a Pro Bowler and is currently in Hawaii preparing for that game, he was named to the AP’s All-Pro team and he earned another defensive player of the year honor from the prestigious 101 Awards.

Another interesting aspect of The Sporting News’ announcement that Allen was named Defensive Player of the Year is that the publication shared comments they’ve gathered from players around the League regarding the season Allen had. Here are a few of them:

Bryan Bulaga, RT, Packers: “If you just watch him—his motor and effort and the way he plays—it’s intense. It’s hard to say anything bad about the guy because he does everything well. He plays the run well; he has a good motor against the run. His whole game is built on his intensity and motor. And he’s deceivingly quick. He’s got good hands, so in the pass rush he’s able to get around guys by continually working his hands and doing that kind of stuff.

“Obviously, he’s one of the best pass rushers in the game. If you look at what he ended up with—what, 20 (sacks)?—he just missed (the record). Wow. That kind of just shows you the type of guy he is. He’s a great player. I think he plays the game properly. He plays hard, he’s intense, doesn’t give up on plays. When his team is down, that’s the last guy you’re going to see giving up on a play. As a coach, those are the type of guys you want. No matter what the situation, he’ll continue to work and work and work. That’s what he does.”

Dominic Raiola, C, Lions: “He’s a relentless competitor. There’s no secret why he’s so good and why he gets paid that money and why he’s been around for so long. He’s somebody you’ve got to account for. You’ve got to include him in the game plan just because he does get after the quarterback. … He’s relentless. When you’re relentless, you’re going to get to the quarterback.”

Tyler Clutts, FB, Bears: “Jared Allen is a motor guy who just goes and goes and goes and goes. He’s a guy who you can’t ever not account for—even when the play looks like it’s done. You have to always get help on him. He’s just a slippery defensive end, which makes him dangerous to every quarterback.”


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72 Responses to “The Sporting News Names Jared Allen Defensive Player Of The Year”

  1. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Not bad, eh Spence?

  2. By DeerTracks on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, Spence(r) is hidoing under the bed…He knows he will get it on here….

    Incert Smily here…

  3. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations Jared Allen. At times you were simply the best. Hopefully you can continue piling up sacks next season as well. Once again, Congrats.

  4. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Dear, Mike Wobschall

    Can we get an update on Chris Cook?You seem to be ignoring that topic. When will we find out if he goes to prison? Will it be before the draft? If he manages to avoid any and all jail time, will he start week 1? These are the questions we need to know.

    Take Care

    Spencer

  5. By Frederick Jones on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings61…

    had one of the most inspiring posts I have seen on Vikings.blog, when he talked about the need for dominant offensive and defensive lines.

    I’m very tempted to follow that line of thinking except:

    Our defensive line is an average NFL Line because of Jared Allen’s dominance.
    Sure it would be great to get a similar type DT. But at what cost?

    A reasonable defensive secondary would automatically result in an improved defensive line. AND OUR D-BACKING IS BAD, BAD, BAD!!!

    In addition we are going no where with our OL. All of the first three picks should be spent on OLs or DBs. Crazy? Yes, but the Vikings are in dire straits.

    The remaining money for trades and free agents should be spent on OLs, and DBs.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I spent a lot of time researching claims about the St. L. Rams which proved to be bogus.

    Unfortunately we are thinking a little bit too much like Spielman. That kind of thinking makes the Vikings 6-10, 3-13, repeat for 20 years.

    Football is played in the trenches, and that truth will never change!

    Rick “Hollywood” Spielman has said absolutely nothing (to my knowledge) to indicate he will take care of our OL and DB weaknesses.

    Apparently Frazier thinks drafting a WR is more of a priority than taking an OL or DB. This thinking, coming from the HC, is VERY DANGEROUS.

    But if Spielman and Frazier make those kind of mistakes, we won’t have to deal with them much longer.

    NFL stands for NOT FOR LONG when you make those kind of mistakes!!!

  7. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, just stop. Youre trolling…

  8. By Frederick Jones on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    @Spence,

    HEY It’s good to read so much about the Vikings need for an OFFENSIVE LINE and DEFENSIVE BACKS.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE…REMEMBER TO PRESS (YES, P R E S S)
    SPIELMAN IN LATE APRIL ABOUT DRAFTING OLs and DBs high in the draft!!!

    This is reminder #28

    “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser period.”
    Harry Peter “Bud” Grant

  9. By Frederick Jones on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    @Spielman,

    Instead of Rudolph and Gerhart, the Vikings should have selected
    Offensive Tackles and Defensive Backs.

    I estimate that about 40% of the bloggers, had they been the GM, would have taken OLs and DBs.

    Joe Webb should be the QB with a veteran as the backup. We announced all that before the 2010 draft

  10. By Frederick Jones on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    By Rocksalt on Jan 15, 2012 | Reply

    Coaches needed……….Dbacks needed, Oline needed…Stadium needed……….all your other personnel/personal quibbles are not significant

    Also on January 15, Rocksalt had a very long post about Coaches that everyone should read.

    Rocksalt…You are very salty on this one!!! :)

  11. By Sir Greasy Panda on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    i am really hoping the vikings make a huge free agent acquisition. There is sooo much depth at WR that it would definitely give our WR corp a boost. I hope Kalil is available at #3 and we can shift the line around a bit. I cant help but believe that a deep threat WR like reggie wayne, dwayne bowe, marques colston will open up huge holes and 1 on1 match ups for Percy and Kyle Rudolph.
    I really hoped last season we wouldve gone after jonathan joseph but there are good free agent CBs. I dont want to be like the redskins and give away draft picks and sign aging players but Ladarius Webb is a free agent and he is good.
    Lets land a big free agent. a definitely impact player that makes players around them better.

  12. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Is Frederick Jones a real person?

  13. By DRS on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Well there is one thing that will be good with the Dome site, while they are building the thing the Vikings will be playing in the TCF field and in the open air for the next 3 years, maybe they can get a SB win during that time

  14. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    With that be this year, DRS?

  15. By DRS on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe if they start playing in it this year, who knows.

  16. By DRS on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings would have a home field advantage over the domed teams.

  17. By DRS on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    That is if they fix their O-Line and the Defense.

  18. By DRS on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I would be tempted to go to MN to see the Vikings play in an open air stadium once more, like I did in the old met.

    Old Met = 4 SB’s

    Dome = 0 SB’s

  19. By DRS on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers proved that you need a good to great Defense to win in the play-offs. to many team win most of their games just to lose in the play offs, is that not right spencer? So I hope the Vikings take the time to fix the Defense and O-line this year and play great outdoor football.

  20. By DRS on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Have to run now so have fun everyone, Bye.

  21. By Sir Greasy Panda on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    lets go giants!!! i want the NFC to continue to dominate. Im sick of the AFC snobs that believe they are better. the NFC is much deeper and far more interesting to watch. The AFC is so boring and CBS’s announcers are so lame.

  22. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Plus you can land a helicopter on Howie Long’s head.

  23. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    But it’s hard in a dome.

  24. By DRS on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    NovaScotiaVike, do you think that would help? See you all later, bye.

  25. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    They couldn’t land on Jimmy Johnson’s head. His hair would break.

  26. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nova- Do you believe Cedric Griffin is a good cornerback in the league?

  27. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, If the league is the Arena Football League.

  28. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    We don’t have any good corners.

  29. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Lol. Now try tellin Shawn that.

  30. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    A circle has better corners than we do.

  31. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I think Shawn believes as I do, that being there and trying your best beats sitting in a jail cell on game day.

  32. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook is a good cornerback….

  33. By Saddy on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats Jared. Now add Mike Martin DT Senior Bowl North Roster – 5 th round pick to our defense line and cut Remi Ayodele.

    Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Mike Martin, Brian Robison would be lethal

    There is a link of his highlights, Mike Martin has impressed at Senior Bowl Practice with his speed and able to stop the run almost every play

  34. By Swedish Viking on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations Jared on a very successful season, you deserve all of your accolades.

  35. By Saddy on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Please draft this guy, Green Bay are already eyeing him Mike Martin DT in 5th round

    http://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/green-bay-packers-touch-base-with-mike-martin-at-senior-bowl

  36. By Swedish Viking on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I hope the Vikings keep Cook, and he proves to everyone he is a good CB and a better person who is forgiven. I hope this incident with his woman was a wake up call, in one way or another. I believe in second chances, but he has to prove alot.

  37. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    If you took Roger Goodell, gave him red hair and got him to twist his head like a beagle with vertigo, he would look just like that D!CK on CSI, David Caruso.

  38. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    He should trim his eyebrows too, even if it means leaving a couple of squirrel families homeless.

  39. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to Jared, but ” Player of the Century” has to go to Hugh Hefner.

  40. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to be his agent.

  41. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Oh For F— Sake, another new blog?

  42. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    ” A Beagle With Vertigo” would be a GREAT name for a rock band !!!!!!!!!!

  43. By Rocksalt on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    thanks for the props, Fred.
    I hope the vikes can stay in mn.and I hope that the middle class can rise up and demand a 15% tax rate like the upper 10% of th4e population. I would vote for that!
    PS kudos to Jared!

  44. By Rocksalt on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Fred= I looked back.that obervation was an article that I copied and pasted from MPLS STAR TRIB Jim Souhan, who I credited at bottom of blog…….wasn;t my wrtinig, but I thought he vmade some very good points….

  45. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    ” A Beagle With Vertigo”…with their smash hit…..” Who Let the Dogs Up”??????

  46. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    i know that a lot of you are wondering ” But Nova, this is a FOOTBALL BLOG” !. …….That’s OK, I used to have a beagle (before Sonja) that LOVED chasing a football.

  47. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    And now, back to our regularly scheduled program……….

  48. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I used to play football with Sonja when she was a pup, but when she got bigger she would have the laces torn out before I could get it away from her.

  49. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    And if we don’t do something about our OL, Ponder is going to get his laces ripped out.

  50. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    AND NOW, back to our regularly scheduled program………..

  51. By Bigfan1 on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Fantastic.

  52. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Cool story bro.

  53. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    While watching Steven Tyler “sing” the U.S. National Anthem the other day, I couldn’t help but think……If you had two kids, and one looked like Steven Tyler and the other looked like Keith Richards, which one would you feed to the wolverines first??????

  54. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    The correct answer is (c)…….Lady Gaga.

  55. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, are you high right now?

  56. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    If you answered ” Justin Bieber”…go to the head of the class.

  57. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Spence, I think ” outside the box “. This blog drags after a while.

  58. By Spencer on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Yea today is pretty boring….Wobbs is makin new blogs every hour.

  59. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I know that there are Vike fans in Australia……Happy Australia Day !

  60. By Parody on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    There’s an Australia day? How do they celebrate? Boxing match between a Kangaroo and a Koala, both named Bruce, with Michael Baldwin commentating and drinking a Corona?

  61. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, yeah. Kind of like our ” Canada Day” and your “4th of July”…..Only Corona is made in Mexico.

  62. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    A “Foster’s ” would be more fitting.

  63. By BC LionsBacker on Jan 26, 2012 | Reply

    On the linebacking front, just wait ’til you guys in Minny get a first-hand look at Soloman Elimimian. Cameron Wake was the beast that got away, but this guy’s the jackhammer that’s gonna just pound the living #$%& out of anything you aim him at. You’re linebacking corps just got a whole lot stronger.

  64. By Parody on Jan 26, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry BC, but I’ll hold reservations. Arceneaux was the best receiver in Canada, and he had trouble making the active roster of a losing team that was desperate for productive WRs. I think that shows just how big of a difference there is between the NFL and CFL. For the most part, players would rather be on an NFL practice squad than be a star starter in the CFL. So we’ll just have to wait and see if he can step up his play to produce at this level.

  65. By BC LionsBacker on Jan 26, 2012 | Reply

    “Best receiver in the CFL” LOL!!

  66. By Old School on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook……..I told everyone months ago that the guy was S#$% on and off the field!

    J. Allen……..you my friend are the only reason to watch this team right now!!

    R. Morris turns down the Def. C. job to stay with the Redskins……LOL…who wouldn’t….you take one look at this D…except for Allen….You look at the D-Backfield………He says to himself, “I already got canned in Tampa…I’m not going to take over this D and get blammed for their performance”!

    And leave it to this team do offer the job to him a week or so after he already to the Skins job…..

    THIS TEAM SUCKS!

  67. By Old School on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    2012……..

    READ IT HERE FIRST…………………………

    5-11!

    LAST IN THE NFC NORTH!

    AND FOR YOU WHO DON’T KNOW…..I HIT LAST YEARS TOTAL RIGHT ON THE HEAD!

  68. By snafu on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    SAD TO SAY BUT THAT WOULD BE A BETTER SEASON

  69. By peever on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    Jarred Allen is True sack leader at 22…Strahan haD 21-1/2…the farve lay down was not a true earned sack and was a joke and should be stricken from the records

  70. By Troutdaddy on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    Jared Allen is the man. Good to see him playing in the Pro-bowl yesterday. Cam Newton was terrible… I know that this game is just for kicks, but Cam looked like a high-schooler… I was especially glad to hear that AP is ahead of schedule and working like a mad-man to heal and rehab. Can’t wait to see stuff iron out this year. Mike W, what is your take on Peterson’s rehab and our other players who are still healing? I would like a health update…

  71. By snafu on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    IF ALLEN COULD COVER RECIEVERS WHILE RUSHING THE QUARTERBACK WE’D BE AWESOME

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