Defensive Player of the Year?

by Kyle Williams | Dec 1, 2023 | General | 0 comments

(FROM LEFT: TJ Watt, Myles Garrett, and Micah Parsons)
So far there has been alot of captivating performances during this NFL season, and none more than the defensive linemen that take center stage. Now when I say ‘defensive linemen’ I don’t mean exclusively Defensive Ends and Edge rushers, but also Linebackers, Safeties, and Cornerbacks. Normally Defensive Player Of the Year would go to the player with the most sacks/tackles, but this season it would only be fair to give it to the person with the most “Pick-Sixes”.

DaRon Bland set a new NFL record for most pick-sixes in a single season (5) with only 11 games gone and it would be a travesty if he doesn’t win the award. Bland, 24, a fifth round pick in 2022 by the Dallas Cowboys was more-or-less in the shadows of teammate Trevon Diggs, who himself had a huge year for interceptions.

(DaRon Bland [left] with QB Dak Prescott)
This season with Diggs’ injury, Bland has had to step up in his absence, and so he did. Setting the record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown in the Thanksgiving game in Arlington, TX against division rivals Washington Commanders, it is almost nailed on for him to be up there in the DPOY conversation. Bland has also made 102 tackles which shows he does have that physical side to him as well.

With the league leading seven interceptions and five returned for a touchdown, only CeeDee Lamb (7) has more TD receptions than his defensive partner. That’s mad! There have been calls for the DPOY to be either Myles Garrett, T.J Watt, and even DaRon’s teammate Micah Parsons, but for once, the DPOY should be someone who not just makes tackles, but turns over possession for the offence to strive.

(Bland is the best Defensive back in the league this season)
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