In a recent poll ran by the New Orleans Saints team website, the fans have voted cornerback Delvin Breaux as the defensive MVP of the year.
Delvin Breaux is most definitely deserving of such an honor, as his first professional season saw him play and start in all 16 games for the black and gold. Breaux finished with 45 combined tackles, three interceptions, and 22 passes defended (good for sixth in the NFL). He graded out as Pro Football Focus’ eleventh highest cornerback with a +11.9 overall.
Opposing quarterbacks only completed 48.8 percent of their passes against Breaux, which put him as the fifth highest in that group behind the likes of Darrelle Revis, Leodis McKelvin, Patrick Peterson, and Richard Sherman. In a recent breakdown of Breaux’s year in review, managing co-editor Andrew Schuster talked at length about Breaux’s impressive journey. Breaux was targeted a total of 82 times, and opposing receivers hauled in 40 receptions for 565 yards.
"Everybody kind of just said “Oh, cool. A guy from New Orleans is playing for the Saints.” At least that’s what was on my mind at the time — I knew nothing about the guy. But from the start of minicamp on throughout the preseason, Delvin Breaux was playing just as good as anybody on the team. And that momentum followed him into the regular season."
Breaux received 45 percent of Who Dat Nation’s vote, while defensive end Cam Jordan took in 26 percent of voting, and rookie linebacker Stephone Anthony tallied 24 percent of votes.
In a separate poll, Drew Brees took down the offensive MVP of the year.