JFF Fall 2014 Mid-Season League DEFENSIVE MVP

 

 

 

TYRANN MATHIEU

FREE SAFETY

 

Comment: He goes by the catchy nickname, “The Honey Badger.” Arguably the best Free Safety in the league, he has contributed to the JFF Arizona Cardinals having an undefeated record (8-0-0) as well as the stingiest defense in the league (The JFF Cardinals have only allowed an average of 10.6 points per game, and they have also allowed an average of 199.4 total yards of offense from their opponents). In his first eight games of the season, Mathieu has accumulated 23 tackles, 1 sack, and 6 interceptions.

 

Best game to date: 2 tackles and 2 interceptions in Arizona’s 24-0 victory over Denver (Week 5)

 

JFF Fall 2014 Mid-Season League DEFENSIVE MVP – 1st Runner-Up

 

 

 

JOE HADEN

CORNERBACK

 

Comment: Cleveland has so many star defensive players, that quite honestly, it is extremely challenging to single out one. For example, Outside Linebacker Barkevious Mingo has 14 sacks, Outside Linebacker Jabaal Sheard has 19 tackles for a loss of yardage and 2 forced fumbles, and Inside Linebacker Karlos Dansby leads the team with 40 tackles. Sacks and tackles are definitely momentum killers, but stealing an opposing quarterback’s pass is even sweeter. Cornerback Joe Haden has 4 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery in 8 games.

 

Best game to date: 6 tackles (including 1 for a loss of yardage) and 1 interception in Cleveland’s 34-28 victory over Tampa Bay (Week 9)

 

JFF Fall 2014 Mid-Season League DEFENSIVE MVP – 2nd Runner-Up

 

 

 

MARK BARRON

STRONG SAFETY

 

Comment: The JFF Carolina Panthers averaged 36.1 points per game in seven of their nine games, but in their first game of the Regular Season, Carolina’s powerful offense was held to just 13 points by the defensive-minded JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For most of the season, the JFF Bucs have been one of the Top 10 teams in the league in total offensive yards allowed per game, and they have been one of the Top 3 teams in the league in least rushing yards allowed per game. The performance of Strong Safety Mark Barron is a big reason why.

 

Best game to date: 8 tackles and 2 interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) in Tampa Bay's 24-12 victory over New Orleans (Week 5)

 

 

JFF Fall 2014 Mid-Season League DEFENSIVE MVP – 3rd Runner-Up

 

 

 

PATRICK WILLIS

INSIDE LINEBACKER

 

Comment: Everyone in the league knows that Inside Linebacker Patrick Willis is a 'beast' on the defensive side of the ball. Not too many linebackers have the combination of strength, speed, and awareness that Willis has. He is the heart of the JFF San Francisco 49er defense, and particularly their run defense. As of Week Nine, Willis has accumulated 59 tackles (including 7 for a loss of yardage), 3 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.

 

Best game to date: 9 tackles (including 3 for a loss of yardage), 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble in San Francisco’s 24-7 victory over Chicago (Week 2)

 

 

 

JFF Fall 2014 Mid-Season League DEFENSIVE MVP – 4th Runner-Up

 

 

 

CASEY HAYWARD

CORNERBACK

 

Comment: As of Week Nine, only two defensive players in the league have as many as six interceptions, and Cornerback Casey Hayward is one of those two. The JFF Green Bay Packers are currently fifth in the league in total team interceptions, and Hayward has undoubtedly been the team's most talented pass thief. Hayward also has 21 tackles for the season (including 1 for a loss of yardage).

 

Best game to date: 4 tackles and 2 interceptions in Green Bay’s 34-20 victory over Detroit (Week 3)

 

 

 

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