No MVP? Jacoby Jones Wuz Robbed!
The extremely disappointing ending to the Houston Texans' season, which saw them toss away games and play poorly after an impressive start to 2012, triggered some extreme reactions in fans.
Jacoby Jones in Battle Red: What might have been
Some -- pushing for changes in the front office and head-coaching positions -- no doubt would have liked to have seen Jacoby Jones win the Super Bowl MVP last night. Jones was unceremoniously dumped by the Texans after the 2011 season, and his winning the MVP award would have allowed fans to further wail and scream about how the team can't recognize or nurture talent.
(Of course, many of those same fans were screaming for Jones' head after a crucial playoff fumble, but that's just how fandom goes. It's a phenomenon that doesn't stand up to close scrutiny of its logic.)
Jones ended up with the Baltimore Ravens, who asked him to do two things -- score touchdowns on offense and on kick returns. He did both on Sunday, but they gave the MVP award to (yawn) the quarterback, something MVP voters all-but-automatically do each season.
Jones started the second half with a 108-yard kick return (it was counted as a record 109 yards until some anal NFL official went back, examined the tape, and somehow from an impossible angle determined that Jones caught the kick eight yards in the end zone, not nine.)
Late in the first half, Jones caught a 56-yard touchdown pass.
Was all that enough to convince voters to give him the MVP nod? No.
It could not be determined by press time just how many votes Texans coach Gary Kubiak and GM Rick Smith had, but we're guessing it was a lot.
Yeah, yeah, Ravens QB Joe Flacco went 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and threw three first-half touchdowns, but he was never dropped by the Texans, so his MVP win Sunday did little to keep the heat on at Reliant Stadium.
Oh well, we're sure Kubiak and Smith will provide disgruntled fans more fodder this upcoming season.