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Lzen
01-07-2005, 08:26 AM
I guess that's what happens when you're on one of the worst defenses in the league. :shake:

January 7th - 8:20 am ET

N.Y. Jets' Jonathan Vilma wins Associated Press 2004 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award

BARRY WILNER
AP Football Writer

New York Jets' Jonathan Vilma is shown during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Dec. 26, 2004. A sensational debut season made Vilma The Associated Press 2004 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

NEW YORK Jonathan Vilma brought exactly what the New York Jets needed on defense with a performance so brilliant he won The Associated Press 2004 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Vilma, the 12th pick in last year's draft, did it with the speed and exuberance that convinced New York to make him the first linebacker chosen. A terror at the University of Miami, Vilma moved into the starting lineup in Game 3 and led a defensive revival that lifted the Jets (10-6) into the playoffs.

No longer did the Jets lack the quickness and aggressiveness so desperately desired at linebacker. Vilma even made those around him better, and not many rookies manage to do that.

"I know our draft class was really loaded with a lot of good talented defensive players, so it would mean a lot to me," Vilma said after earning 21 votes from a national panel of 48 writers and broadcasters who cover pro football. "When I first came here I told a lot of the media that I'd prepare and play as if I'm a starter. When I got my opportunity, I got my chance, so it was just a matter of getting the experience. I didn't have to change any of my ways or my habits."

Lucky for the Jets he didn't. Vilma took over in the middle, an even bigger challenge because he was required to call signals. Coincidentally, this year's top offensive rookie, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, played the most difficult position on that side of the ball.

"It's something that he can cherish a long time," defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson said of Vilma. "He's been with a defense that has allowed him to make some plays, he's capitalized on what we've asked him to do."

The Jets asked Vilma to do just about everything. He began the season behind Sam Cowart, but the veteran was sidelined in the second game by a sprained left knee. That was all the opening Vilma needed as he went from part-timer to star.

Vilma was at his best in a 13-3 victory at Arizona. He had 10 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. The interception came early in the fourth quarter with the Cardinals driving. The fumble recovery came on Arizona's next drive.

He scored on a 38-yard interception return in the finale, giving the Jets a lead they couldn't protect. He was the first Jets rookie to return an interception for a TD since safety Erik McMillan in 1988. McMillan also was Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Vilma had six tackles in that game, giving him 116 for the season. He had two sacks, three interceptions, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

And a huge impact.

"I'm definitely excited about whoever is taking notice of how I play," Vilma said. "Roman Phifer of the Patriots told me he likes the way I play. That means a lot being a rookie. Kevin Faulk came up to me, said he liked the way I played. Whenever veterans come up to you and tell you that, it's always very flattering and makes you feel good. If they say I'm doing good then I must be doing something right."

Houston cornerback Dunta Robinson was second with 12 votes, followed by Denver LB D.J. Williams with seven and Washington safety Sean Taylor with 3. Williams and Taylor also played at Miami.

"Playing next to a guy like that, you know how tough he is and I'm sure he would say likewise," Williams said of Vilma. "I knew when he got to the NFL, he would make an impact."

Kansas City end Jared Allen got two votes.Receiving one each were Arizona LB Karlos Dansby, Chicago tackle Tommie Harris and Seattle safety Michael Boulware.

Vilma is the third Jets player to win the award, following McMillan and end Hugh Douglas (1995). Last year's winner was Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Mile High Mania
01-07-2005, 08:45 AM
Playing in NY put him over the top...

Coach
01-07-2005, 08:47 AM
Hey, I'm happy with Allen getting some recongition. I mean, who in the hell would get any recongition on this piss-poor defense? At least he got some instead of not getting any.

Kudos to Allen. I'm looking towards next year on what this kid can do.

Saulbadguy
01-07-2005, 08:47 AM
I'd pretty much agree with that. I'd trade any of those 4 players for Jared Allen.

donkhater
01-07-2005, 10:16 AM
I'm actually pretty surprised he got some first place votes. I know he led the rookies in sacks, but 5th is nothing to sneeze at.

the Talking Can
01-07-2005, 10:23 AM
3 of the top 5 from Miami

shaneo69
01-07-2005, 10:23 AM
Playing in NY put him over the top...

Crybaby.

:deevee:

Chief Henry
01-07-2005, 10:24 AM
Why should any of our defensive players get any recognition? They suck. The only recognition
they'll get again is when Paul Tagliabu smacks them at the year end NFL banquet like last year. I beleave thats when Trent Green got pissed.

htismaqe
01-07-2005, 10:43 AM
All of the top 5, except Allen, were 1st round picks.

Says alot about Allen IMO.

Skip Towne
01-07-2005, 10:56 AM
Not bad for a guy who only played half the season.

bricks
01-07-2005, 11:21 AM
Not bad for a guy who only played half the season.

True. and, for a guy who played on a piss-poor defense

htismaqe
01-07-2005, 11:59 AM
True. and, for a guy who played on a piss-poor defense

And for a guy that was a late-round draft pick out of 1-AA Idaho State....

The rest of these guys played at Miami and were high 1st-round picks...

bricks
01-07-2005, 12:31 PM
And for a guy that was a late-round draft pick out of 1-AA Idaho State....

The rest of these guys played at Miami and were high 1st-round picks...

Yup very impressed.

SoCalBronco
01-07-2005, 03:44 PM
DJ got robbed.

Mr. Laz
01-07-2005, 03:47 PM
Not bad for a guy who only played half the season.
i would like to know how many snaps Jared Allen played...


i mean with a bad as our defense was, they could of stay on the field so long that Allen actually got a full season worth of plays. :doh!:

BigChiefFan
01-07-2005, 04:09 PM
Allen had a nice season, but no way I can say I'd rather have Allen over Vilma. That's a bit of a stretch. Vilma was a dominating ROOKIE Field general. Mitchell is coming up on year 3. See the difference on how well Vilma played? I think Allen had a nice season, but Vilma had a better rookie debut, IMO.

SECTION11
01-07-2005, 04:09 PM
Darnell Dockett not getting a single look is a crime.
Dude is bad ass.

htismaqe
01-07-2005, 04:11 PM
Allen had a nice season, but no way I can say I'd rather have Allen over Vilma. That's a bit of a stretch. Vilma was a dominating ROOKIE Field general. Mitchell is coming up on year 3. See the difference?

Who said they'd rather have Allen than Vilma?

Saul said he'd trade Allen for ANY OF THEM, let alone Vilma.

I wish we had Sean Taylor myself.

BigChiefFan
01-07-2005, 04:13 PM
Vilma top choice for defensive rookie


NFL.com wire reports

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Jan. 7, 2005) -- Jonathan Vilma finished working out at the University of Miami one day last spring when he spotted fellow Hurricane alum Santana Moss.

Vilma rushed up to Moss and told him how much he wanted to play for the New York Jets. Little did Vilma know, the Jets wanted him, too. So they made him the No. 12 overall pick in the draft. Look at Vilma now.

A sensational debut season made him The Associated Press 2004 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Vilma capped the regular season with a bang, returning an interception for a touchdown in a 32-29 overtime loss to the Rams.

Not bad for a player some skeptics said was too small to play middle linebacker in the NFL. Vilma always knew he would make an impact his first year. So did Moss, coach Herman Edwards and defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson.

"When we first drafted him, we knew we had a guy that had all the characteristics we were looking for," Henderson said. "Leadership, passion for the game, the way he flew around and made plays. Obviously he's stepped up and took on the responsibility, and the opportunity has been good for him."

Vilma, who earned 21 votes from a national panel of 48 writers and broadcasters who cover pro football, came into training camp ready to win a starting job as part of a revamped Jets linebacking corps. Though Henderson penciled in veteran Sam Cowart to start, Vilma competed hard for the job.

In Week 2, Cowart sprained his left knee. Instead of struggling in the middle, one of the toughest positions on the field because the player must make all the calls, Vilma stepped in as if he had been the starter for years.

Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham said Vilma made everything look so easy.

"After watching him play, a lot of people say he is already a vet," Abraham said. "He handled himself like a vet. He was far past his years when he came in here."

That has plenty to do with his college background. Vilma is just the latest in a line of stellar linebackers from Miami, following Dan Morgan, Ray Lewis and Nate Webster, among others. He became a starter his sophomore year, though if it was up to his father, Fritz, Vilma never would have set foot on a football field.

Fritz Vilma always feared his son would get injured. But Jonathan kept nagging until his father finally said he could play in high school. Vilma joined the junior varsity team as a linebacker. In his first game, about 60 people filled the stands.

"It was just different because it was on a Wednesday on the practice field where the varsity practices," Jonathan Vilma recalled. "I just wanted to show the varsity coaches that I could play."

He definitely did that, becoming a starter on the varsity the following year at Coral Gables High, just down the road from Miami. Vilma knew he wanted to become a Hurricane. Moss knew it, too, because he heard plenty about him from Vilma's sister, who was in one of his classes at Miami.

"Everyone talked about him," said Moss, who was a senior when Vilma was a true freshman. "When he came in and made play after play you always thought when he takes over this thing and learns it, he is going to be dominant. It's shown. When he came in I had no doubt in my mind he was going to be that type of player."

Vilma had one of his best games against Arizona in November, making 10 tackles, with an interception and fumble recovery to stop two fourth-quarter drives. He finished the season second on the team with 116 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

He also was the first Jets rookie to return an interception for a touchdown since Erik McMillan in 1988.

"When I first came here I told a lot of the media that I'd prepare and play as if I'm a starter," Vilma said. "When I got my opportunity, I got my chance, so it was just a matter of getting the experience. I didn't have to change any of my ways or my habits."

Houston cornerback Dunta Robinson was second with 12 votes, followed by Denver LB D.J. Williams with seven and Washington safety Sean Taylor with 3. Both Williams and Taylor also played at Miami.

Kansas City end Jared Allen got two votes. Receiving one each were Arizona LB Karlos Dansby, Chicago tackle Tommie Harris and Seattle safety Michael Boulware.

Vilma is the third Jet to win the award, following McMillan and end Hugh Douglas (1995). Last year's winner was Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs.