Volin: Hard to ignore Manning in MVP race

Volin: Hard to ignore Manning in MVP race
December 3, 2013, 12:15 am
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The numbers won't exactly back it up, but Tom Brady has had a great season for the Patriots, and is once again one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

But is he the best? Is he this season's MVP? Probably not, thanks to a rough first half of the season.

Gary Tanguay, Mike Felger, and the Boston Globe's Ben Volin and Kevin Paul Dupont discuss.

"First half is kind of hard to ignore," Felger said. "He's a second-half MVP, I'll give him the second-half NFL MVP. But that first half, too many clunkers in there for him and the whole offense."

Volin says what everybody is thinking: The award is probably going to Peyton Manning.

"It's going to be hard to ignore Peyton Manning, especially because he's done it through the whole year not just one half," Volin said. "Five touchdowns again against the Kansas City Chiefs. His numbers at the end of the season are going to be phenominal. He's going to approach Brady's touchdown record. It's going to be hard for voters to ignore Peyton Manning."

Volin mentions that Rob Gronkowski may actually be more valuable than Brady, since the team's offense has improved significantly upon his return, but Dupont and the guys don't think he'll actually get votes due to his lack of stats.

"No, I don't," Dupont said when asked if Gronkowski wold get votes. "I think it's a great point but it's quarterback league and that's what it's all about. So it's going to go to a quarterback, and again, I just think those Manning numbers are so far out there I don't know how he can get denied."