2011 Packers Yearbook: Most Valuable Player (not named Aaron Rodgers or Clay Matthews))
(Be sure to place your vote in the poll below.)
Adam: Greg Jennings. This one would be more obvious if Jennings didn’t get hurt, but he gets the nod because of how powerful the Packers passing game was.
Al: I can’t pick on anyone on offense besides Rodgers, sooooooo, I’ll go with Ryan Pickett. In the two games that Pickett missed, the Packers gave up 344 rushing yards. Playing the majority of the time in a two-man front, Pickett is just an immovable force on the line of scrimmage. Dom Capers always says his defensive philosophy starts with stopping the run, so that makes Pickett my choice. My second choice would be Desmond Bishop, for similar reasons.
Chad: It’s hard to compare offense to defense, but since the defensive unit was so bad this year, I think I’ll have to go with an offensive player. That being said, I can’t get past the performance that Jordy Nelson had this season. True, Greg Jennings is the better receiver, yet Nelson was putting up numbers all year. I can’t fault Jennings for the injury, but it’s hard to dismiss how well Nelson filled in for him and consistently delivered. And according to ProFootballFocus, Jordy was second only to Victor Cruz in yards per route run among wide receivers.
Kris: Greg Jennings. He’s matured into the leader of a lethal receiving corps with Donald Driver’s role becoming more diminished. Many other teams would have trouble keeping this many talented pass catchers happy, but Jennings (along with Driver I suppose) has helped keep the other receivers’ focus on the ‘we’ not the ‘me.’
Michael: Greg Jennings. I have to agree with Kris and say that Jennings’ growth as a leader were extremely valuable to the team in 2011. Jennings has always done things the right way, but especially during the playoff run in 2010 and the 2011 season, Jennings really grew into a leader. He was extremely consistent on the field and became more and more vocal throughout the year.
Thomas: Desmond Bishop. While the rest of the defense decided to take a step back from a stellar 2010 campaign, Desmond Bishop, perhaps spurned by the by the fact that he didn’t get to see the President, was maybe the only bright spot for the defense in 2011. Bishop became the #2 blitz option behind Clay Matthews but was still able to contain the run and cover. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bishop take on more defensive play calling as well, maybe to start the process of either restructuring AJ Hawk’s contract or trading him if DJ Smith explodes out of the gate.
Zach: Bryan Bulaga. There are cases for Jennings, Bishop, Charles Woodson and Jordy Nelson, but Bulaga was one of the league’s top pass-blocking tackles—in an offense dependent on the pass, no less—while also becoming a much better run-blocker. Whenever the Packers needed tough yards, they went to the right side.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.