"You fail that test, I think it's not right, it's against the rules and ultimately I think it's sending the wrong message to the youth in America and the people who look at this game not only as entertainment purposes but also to learn lessons from it, and some of the young kids who are playing football, you really shouldn't be able to fail a test like that and play in this league to begin with. I don't think it's right. But to make the Pro Bowl and all the other awards, I think you're walking a fine line of sending the wrong message."
Despite missing four games because of his suspension, Merriman currently is tied for the NFL lead with Green Bay's Aaron Kampman with 15.5 sacks, and there is no denying what he has done on the field this season.
But it seems likely some voters will disqualify him for Defensive Player of the Year recognition because of the suspension.
Besides, Taylor's credentials -- highlighted by an amazing 10 forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed -- probably will be enough to get him the award anyway.