If a Seattle player was going to win a major award this year, it figured to be for Defensive Player of the Year.
One of the first major organizations to announce its choice, however, went a different direction, as the Pro Football Writers of America today announced that Robert Quinn of the Rams is its Defensive Player of the Year.
Here is the release, stating: “St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn, who led the NFC with 19 sacks and led the NFL in sack yards (145), was selected as the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.”
That may end up being the problem for the two leading Seattle candidates — cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas.
Sherman did lead the NFL in interceptions with eight, but as I’ve noted earlier, guys with lots of sacks tend to have an easier time winning this award than cornerbacks, regardless of how many picks they get — only two CBs have won the award since 1992 compared to what is now seven defensive ends.
Just another chip on the shoulders of the Seattle defense.