Northcutt Named BerniesInsiders.com 2002 MVP

BerniesInsiders.com announces today that visitors to the web site have named Dennis Northcutt the Browns 2002 Most Valuable Player. The result is based on emails sent to the site's "Gameballs and Goats" feature, which is tabulated weekly during the regular season. Find out more about how the award is determined and the complete and final 2002 season results!

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
1 Dennis Northcutt 43 2 41
2 Jamel White 29 0 29
3 William Green 40 18 22
4 Phil Dawson 29 14 15
5 Defense 25 12 13
6 Kelly Holcomb 19 6 13
7 Mark Word 13 0 13
8 Quincy Morgan 34 21 13
9 Tim Couch 49 37 12
10 Earl Holmes 13 2 11
11 Corey Fuller 10 0 10
12 Andre Davis 10 1 9
13 Orpheus Roye 8 0 8
14 Courtney Brown 17 10 7
15 Andra Davis 6 0 6
16 Kevin Johnson 10 4 6
17 Gerard Warren 5 0 5
18 Al Lerner 4 0 4
19 Earl Little 4 0 4
20 Mark Campbell 4 0 4
21 Kenard Lang 3 0 3
22 Kevin Bentley 3 0 3
23 Melvin Fowler 3 0 3
24 New York Jets 3 0 3
25 WR Corps 3 0 3
26 Browns Fans 11 9 2
27 Dave Wohlabaugh 1 0 1
28 Houston Texans 1 0 1
29 Robert Griffith 1 0 1
30 Aaron Shea 0 1 -1
31 First Half Play 0 1 -1
32 Wide Receivers 0 2 -2
33 Anthony Henry 5 8 -3
34 Defensive Line 0 3 -3
35 Dwayne Rudd 4 7 -3
36 Lewis Sanders 0 4 -4
37 Running Game 0 4 -4
38 Miami Dolphins 0 5 -5
39 Roger Chanoine 0 6 -6
40 Ryan Tucker 0 6 -6
41 Bengals 0 7 -7
42 Run Defense 0 7 -7
43 Ross Verba 0 9 -9
44 Chris Gardocki 0 10 -10
45 Coaching Staff 0 11 -11
46 Officials 0 11 -11
47 Defensive Backs 0 12 -12
48 Special Teams 3 17 -14
49 Offensive Line 14 35 -21
50 Foge Fazio 0 26 -26
51 Butch Davis 0 33 -33
52 Bruce Arians 5 41 -36

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.


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