Newsday sports media and business columnist Neil Best proposes an interesting candidate for this year's Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award: The offensive line of the New York Giants.
Best asked Dave Goldberg, one of the AP football writers with intimate knowledge of the process, about the possibility of awarding the MVP award to a team's entire offensive line.
"We do a Player of the Week every week, and a couple of weeks ago we did the Giants' offensive line. We have 50 voters, and it's up to the 50 voters. But I would think there is nothing to prevent it. If X number of people voted for it, and they got the most votes, you'd say, yeah, it's five guys, but we've had ties. We had Brett Favre and Barry Sanders. It's kind of a novel idea. There's no clear-cut winner. You look at Drew Brees, who's going to put up big numbers on a last-place team. Kurt Warner has dropped off.
"Everyone says the key to the Giants' season is their offensive line, and the Giants are the best team in football. As individuals none of them is a superstar offensive lineman. Chris Snee is probably the best. I don't think it's a crazy idea. [Sports Illustrated's] Paul Zimmerman would love it."
Bob Glauber, veteran NFL columnist for Newsday, called Best's proposal an "interesting idea" in a live chat today. But what do you think? Does a group entity like the offensive line ever deserve an honor as prestigious as Most Valuable Player? Or should MVP always be reserved for individuals?