The AP has announced its rookies of the year, and Lavonte David and Doug Martin both got snubbed.
Robert Griffin III and Luke Kuechly have won the AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year respectively. RG3 was the obvious choice in the matter, as he was an electric presence on the field. But while RG3 walked away with the award with 29 votes, Doug Martin didn't get a single one. That despite the fact that he led all rookies in yards from scrimmage, and was third in the league in that category.
Other awards were handed out, too. Surprisingly, Adrian Peterson won both the Offensive Player of the Year and the League MVP awards, while Peyton Manning was left with the Comeback Player of the Year Award. J.J. Watt won the Defensive Player of the Year award. In addition, general manager Mark Dominik missed out on the Salute to Service Award, which honors those who have shown special appreciation for the military. Charles Tillman took that award home.
The worse snub was that of Lavonte David, though. The rookie was explosive and everpresent in the Tampa Bay defense and a big reason why the Bucs ended up with the best run defense in the league -- and he gathered only two votes. Bobby Wagner, Casey Haward, Janoris Jenkins and winner Luke Kuechly all gathered more votes than David -- and that is ridiculous. David was third in the NFL in tackles for loss with 20, trailing only J.J. Watt and Von Miller -- both strong Defensive Player of the Year candidates. He had two sacks, five passes defensed and 112 solo tackles to go with those statistics. He was an every-down starter from the very start, missing only a few plays the entire season.
Now compare that to Luke Kuechly and Bobby Wagner, the two linebackers who got more votes. Kuechly managed just 103 solo tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions and eight passes defensed. Bobby Wagner had just 86 solo tackles, 9 tackles for loss, two sacks and four passes defensed. Neither player made as big of an impact on the field. It even showed up in the snap counts, with Lavonte David taking 1,153 snaps (98% of all snaps) to Kuechly's 1,004 (88%) and Wagner's 935 (85%). The fact that Kuechly won it over David, and the fact that Wagner even managed more votes is ridiculous. Lavonte David should have won that award, and he got robbed.