After six weeks of games, the 2023 NFL season is nearing its halfway point, with a lot of things starting to shape up in terms of which teams are for real and which players are in serious contention for regular-season awards.
Over the last decade, the NFL MVP award has gone to a quarterback every single year, with other positions in the league having little to no chance to win the award.
However, this year, there haven’t been a lot of quarterbacks that have stuck out amongst the pack, while some other players, namely superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins, have been putting up historic numbers.
On ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith tried to make the MVP case for Hill, who should be in the conversation considering the numbers.
— First Take (@FirstTake) October 17, 2023
Usually, talking-head shows like “First Take” try to come up with some outside-the-box take that will get a lot of attention because it’s such a stretch, but Smith is on to something with this one, especially in a down year for quarterbacks.
However, Tua Tagovailoa, who most of the time is making short passes to Hill that the receiver extends, will likely get more attention for being in contention for the award, and he’s worthy of it.
Tagovailoa got some NFL MVP buzz last year, and it has carried over to this year as he’s been as productive as ever while making use of Hill and Jaylen Waddle downfield.
It’ll be interesting to see where the MVP race stands at the end of the season and if Hill or Tagovailoa gets more attention for the award.NEXT: Stephen A. Smith Has Unusual Take On Latest Cowboys Performance