BerniesInsiders.com announced today that visitors to the web site have named Dennis Northcutt the 2002 Bernie's Insiders Most Valuable Player. The result is based on emails sent to the site's weekly "Gameballs and Goats" feature, which is tabulated weekly during the season.
Northcutt, the Browns second round draft choice in 2000, quickly established himself as a key element of the Browns offensive attack in his third season. Northcutt made crucial plays to key several Browns wins, and made the most of scoring opportunities both receiving and returning the ball.
Jamel White, a consistent contributor throughout the year, finished second in the voting, and William Green made an amazing comeback in the latter half of the season to finish third. Early in the season, Green found himself in last place as he struggled to establish himself following a lengthy holdout and difficult adjustments to pro football. Tim Couch received the most gameballs of any player, but also received numerous goats as he remained a focal point for both praise and criticism throughout the season. Several weeks, Couch was awarded both gameballs and goathorns by site visitors, demonstrating the wide differences of opinions among fans regarding his performance.
Bernie's Insiders is also announced today that it will NOT single out any player or unit for the David Modell Uselessness Award, given yearly to whomever is voted the most goathorns on a weekly basis. The site made the decision based on the team's overall improvement from the previous year, and their entry into the playoffs. Fans did not single out any particular player or unit consistently during the course of the year, although the team's coaching staff would often receive goathorn votes after a loss.
|Rank / Player||GBs||Goats||Total|
|24||New York Jets||3||0||3|
|31||First Half Play||0||1||-1|
Weekly Gameball and Goat Leaders
|Week / Opponent||GB Votes||Goat Votes|
|1||Chiefs||Kelly Holcomb||Dwayne Rudd|
|2||Bengals||Mark Word||Run Defense|
|3||Titans||Dennis Northcutt||William Green|
|4||Steelers||Jamel White||Butch Davis|
|5||Ravens||Dennis Northcutt||Butch Davis|
|6||Buccaneers||Phil Dawson||Butch Davis|
|7||Texans||Andre Davis||Defensive Backs|
|8||Jets||Tim Couch||Special Teams|
|9||Steelers||Courtney Brown||Offensive Line|
|10||Bengals||William Green||Phil Dawson|
|11||Saints||William Green||Cin. Bengals|
|12||Panthers||William Green||Tim Couch|
|13||Jaguars||William Green||Tim Couch|
|14||Colts||Quincy Morgan||Foge Fazio|
|15||Ravens||Tim Couch||Foge Fazio|
|16||Falcons||William Green||Quincy Morgan|
How the results are tabulated:
Berniesinsiders.com tabulates the yearly finish based on adding up each week's results throughout the year. The top gameball vote getter each week is awarded 7 MVP points, second place gets six points, and so forth. The top "goat" vote getter is awarded 7 "Goat" points which are subtracted away from their total. Second place in the goat voting gets 6 points, and so forth. So, if a player finished second in gameball voting one week, they would be given 6 MVP points. But if they finished first in goat voting the next week, they would get 7 Goat points, and would have a year-to-date total of -1.
Each week's results are added up to come up with the final total. As a result, the final totals reflect fans' views on performance over the course of the season, and are not tilted for or against players whose performance may be stronger or weaker at the end of the season.