Boomer Esiason has an MVP vote, and he isn’t afraid to say who he voted for.
“I voted for Matt Ryan,” the CBS NFL analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I voted for him because he had 16 great regular-season games. The numbers are off the charts. He certainly deserves it. I know that Aaron Rodgers had a late-season run. The second half of the season for Aaron was about as good as anybody had. And certainly Tom Brady in the 12 games that he played put up great numbers, especially only two interceptions. But the nice thing for Matt, what he has done, the last two playoff games have been off the charts as well. So he’s in the midst of one of the great postseason runs of all time for a quarterback in terms of statistics, they’ve blown out Seattle and Green Bay in back-to-back weeks, and now they have one more hill to climb – and that truly is going to be a hill. It’s going to be a mountain because Matt Patricia will come up with a great defensive game plan, and we’ll see if Matty Ice can be the same player that he’s been for the previous 18 weeks.”
Atlanta will play New England in Super Bowl LI this Sunday.
Esiason said that he is “100 percent” sure that Ryan, who threw for 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season, will be named MVP.
“He’s the All-Pro quarterback,” Esiason said. “I can’t imagine anybody else on that All-Pro team being the MVP. Maybe Ezekiel Elliott was there for a while, but even he kind of tailed off toward the end of the season. But Matt Ryan was just absolutely fantastic through 16 games in the regular season, and that’s what we vote on.”
Esiason also weighed on the Patriots. Specifically, he was asked who has been more important to their success over the last 16 years: Tom Brady or Bill Belichick?
“I would think it would definitely be Bill Belichick,” Esiason said. “He’s the guy that sets the course for everything. He’s the guy that makes all the decisions in regard to these players. He was the one that decided to draft Tom Brady and ultimately made the decision to go with Tom Brady over a healthy Drew Bledsoe when Drew came back. So there’s so many decisions at the beginning of this big run that they’ve been on that go back to the decisions that he’s made – and it’s not just about the quarterback position. They’ve jettisoned players in the middle of seasons, much like they did this year with Jamie Collins. Thy jettisoned Chandler Jones last year in the offseason. This has been like of like a recurring theme for them for 16 years, and the only guy that can pull it off is Bill Belichick – and this is all under the guise of Spygate, Deflategate, Aaron Hernandez killing a couple people. You think about all the potential distractions that could have derailed this franchise that didn’t – there’s really only one reason for that, and that’s Bill Belichick.”