The NFL Honors befell on Thursday night time, celebrating the person accomplishments of gamers throughout the league. In simply his second season, CB DaRon Bland attended the occasion as a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award. He was joined by his teammate Micah Parsons, who was a finalist for the third-straight 12 months. Bland’s season for the Cowboys was the other of bland. In truth, it was historic for a defensive again. In his first season taking part in on the skin, Bland had a league-leading 9 interceptions. Five of his interceptions had been returned for a landing, breaking the NFL single-season document for many in a season.
Not solely was he an excellent ball-hawk for the Cowboys, however he was persistently a shutdown nook for the workforce all through the season. According to PFF, Bland allowed simply 725 yards and three touchdowns all through the season. This is a median of simply 42.6 receiving yards per recreation. He additionally solely allowed 48 receptions on 89 targets all through the season.
Despite his record-breaking season, Bland acquired the least quantity of votes out of the 5 finalists for the award. Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett took the award, with Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt ending because the runner up. Parsons completed third in voting, after being the runner-up for the award the earlier two seasons. Las Vegas Raiders Maxx Crosby acquired the fourth most votes, leaving Bland in final among the many finalists.
Voting for AP Defensive Player of the Year:
Myles Garrett 23-13-11=165
TJ Watt 19-11-12=140
Micah Parsons 7-16-6=89
Maxx Crosby 0-5-6=21
DaRon Bland 1-2-3=14
Antoine Winfield, Fred Warner, Roquan Smith, Khalil Mack, Justin Madubuike and Dexter Lawrence additionally bought votes.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 9, 2024
All of the finalists had unbelievable seasons, all deserving of reward for his or her sensational performances. However, not one of the candidates had a extra historic season than Bland. The final cornerback to win the award was CB Stephon Gilmore, who took dwelling the award in 2019. When evaluating their seasons, they’re very related.
Daron Bland “Boom or Bust”:
3 TDs and 725 yards allowed 9 INTs 5 decide sixes (NFL Record) 48 receptions on 89 targets
Stephon Gilmore 2019 DPOY season:
0 TDs and 599 yards allowed 6 INTs 2 def TDs 47 receptions on 96 targets
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— Micah Parsons Fan (@demcowboysfan) February 9, 2024
Bland’s ultimate recreation this season left a bitter style in lots of followers mouth, because the workforce allowed 48 factors to the Green Bay Packers of their wild card loss within the playoffs. However, Bland had the most effective statistical season for a cornerback within the 2023 season, and to have such a historic season neglected is unlucky.