NFL’s Most Valuable Players Nominees Sparks Fierce Debate—’C’mon Now’

The finalists for the 2022 NFL awards have been announced, including the five players who are in contention to be crowned the Most Valuable Player (MVP).

A new voting system has been used this time around which has seen people having the chance for their five picks for MVP, while the top three can be voted on the other awards.

The 12th annual NFL Honors ceremony will be aired live on February 9, and once again the selection has prompted a furious debate on social media as to who deserves to take the top awards.

The MVP sees four quarterbacks and a wide receiver in the final five, with Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen, Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow, Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts, Minnesota Vikings’ Justin Jefferson and Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes all in the hunt.

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the New York Giants during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2023
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AP Most Valuable Player

  • Josh Allen, Bills QB
  • Joe Burrow, Bengals QB
  • Jalen Hurts, Eagles QB
  • Justin Jefferson, Vikings WR
  • Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs QB

There has been plenty of debate on social media about the various qualities these players bring to their teams and to the NFL, with no one player seemingly to be

unanimously backed to win.

One person makes a case for Bengals star Burrows, tweeting: “None of these guys have done more for their franchise than Burrow. Just three years ago, we were on pace to continue a 30-year mediocre streak.

“Joe Burrow changed that culture. He beats Mahomes a 4th time in a row and it’s case closed.”

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This got plenty of replies, with one commenting back: “Change the culture, huh? The Chiefs hadn’t won a Superbowl in 50 years prior to Mahomes. The Bengals are still waiting for their Superbowl win.”

A third pointed out on Twitter: “Unfortunate that Hurts and Burrow and Allen did not play full seasons and Mahomes was gifted the one seed to get one of the easiest MVPs of all time. Brady had better statistics last year and a better offense and lost.”

While another believes it should be a done deal, tweeting: “Do the right thing and give it to Burrow. He turned the entire Bengals organization around in three years. Give this man some credit.”

Vikings wide receiver, Jefferson, was getting some love on social media, with many pointing out that he got on the list without the help of an offensive line protecting him.

One person tweeted: “Justin Jefferson single handedly won the Vikings games. He was the most valuable player on one of the best teams in the league.”

Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Highmark Stadium on January 22, 2023
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Other awards go to Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, among others.

The top coach award will be fought out between the Giants’ Brian Daboll, Bills’ Sean McDermott, Jaguars’ Doug Pederson, 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan and the Eagles’ Nick Sirianni.

Here are the other award nominees:

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Nick Bosa, 49ers DE
  • Chris Jones, Chiefs DT
  • Micah Parsons, Cowboys LB

Offensive Player of the Year

  • Tyreek Hill, Dolphins WR
  • Jalen Hurts, Eagles QB
  • Justin Jefferson, Vikings WR
  • Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs QB

Offensive Rookie of the Year

  • Brock Purdy, 49ers QB
  • Kenneth Walker III, Seahawks RB
  • Garrett Wilson, Jets WR
Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings runs after a catch during the first quarter against the New York Giants in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 15, 2023
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Defensive Rookie of the Year

  • Sauce Gardner, Jets CB
  • Aidan Hutchinson, Lions DE
  • Tariq Woolen, Seahawks CB

Comeback Player of the Year

  • Saquon Barkley, Giants RB
  • Christian McCaffrey, 49ers RB
  • Geno Smith, Seahawks QB

Coach of the Year

  • Brian Daboll, Giants
  • Sean McDermott, Bills
  • Doug Pederson, Jaguars
  • Kyle Shanahan, 49ers
  • Nick Sirianni, Eagles

Assistant Coach of the Year

  • Ben Johnson, Lions OC
  • DeMeco Ryans, 49ers DC
  • Shane Steichen, Eagles OC

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