The 2011 SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year tournament is ready to find our second finalist. Matthew Stafford defeated Calvin Johnson to emerge from the offensive/special teams side of the bracket while Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril remain on the defensive side.
You can see the bracket here.
Who will be our second player through to the finals? You decide, the poll remains open until midnight on the west coast.
(1 seed) Cliff Avril
First Round: bye
Second Round: def Bobby Carpenter
Third Round: def Justin Durant
Fourth Round: def Stephen Tulloch
Coming off a nine sack season might make some think that Cliff Avril couldn’t improve his sack total for a fourth consecutive year but he did just that. Beyond the 11 sacks, Avril made his presence felt with six forced fumbles and interception and two touchdowns.
(1 seed) Ndamukong Suh
First Round: bye
Second Round: def Lawrence Jackson
Third Round: def Chris Houston
Fourth Round: Kyle Vanden Bosch
Ndamukong Suh’s second season doesn’t compare well to his first when looking at statistics on paper but he established himself as a presence opposing teams scheme around. His sack and tackle numbers were noticeably lower in 2011 but, as pointed out on The Lions in Winter, Suh actually had a sack, pressure or hit on the quarterback more frequently in 2011 than he did as a rookie in 2010. Ndamukong Suh’s workload was partially decreased by design and partially as a result of his two game suspension but he made his presence known, even if it didn’t show up on the stat sheet.
Who should advance to the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament Final?
- Cliff Avril (68%, 75 Votes)
- Ndamukong Suh (32%, 35 Votes)
Total Voters: 110