The Jacksonville Jaguars lead the league in sacks, are on a franchise-record pace when it comes to turnovers, have nearly outscored the offense multiple times this year, and boast young playmakers at every position group along the defense.
So, who should get the credit for midseason MVP?
Calais Campbell and his 10 sacks leads the league.
Jalen Ramsey is an All-Pro shutdown cornerback in the making.
Telvin Smith is playing some of the best football of any linebacker in the league.
And while all three of these players deserve a crack at the midseason MVP award, I’m going to give it to defensive coordinator Todd Wash who week in and week out helps to mold this defense into one of the top-performing units in the NFL.
Wash has done this year what good coaches do — focus on what your team does well, tailor your schemes to what you have on the roster, and let the strengths outweigh the weaknesses. The Jaguars haven’t been able to stop the run (yet) but it’s not affecting the team’s ability to win because Wash has a defensive line that knows how to rush the passer. He’d rather see them bend but not break, giving up first downs on the ground until the other team makes a mistake in the passing game.
This defense has Pro Bowl players all over the place. Credit to Wash for being able to wrangle it all together into a unit that is going to wreak some havoc in January.