Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
On Sunday, Miami Dolphins defensive end dominated the Arizona Cardinals, recording 4.5 sacks. Today, the league announced San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler has been named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week, something that NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk disagreed with.
This past weekend, the Miami Dolphins lost to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime 24-21. But, during that game, Miami defensive end Cameron Wake dominated the Cardinals, recording 4.5 sacks and simply harassing Kevin Kolb all day. Today, however, the NFL announced that San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler, with six tackles, a half-sack, and an interception return for a touchdown, had been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk's Evan Silva took exception to that selection, stating, "The best defensive player from the American Football Conference in Week Four was factually Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake."
"Although the name of the weekly award suggests it's an individual honor, the voters apparently decided Butler's team getting the win was more important. And this isn't taking anything away from Butler, who had a very nice game. But Wake was more dominant than him on the football field in Week Four and should have been recognized as defender of the week."
I would like to add my own thoughts on Butler being awarded the recognition over Wake, but I think Silva pretty much summed up the snub to Miami's defensive end.