Notice that I didn’t do a First Take/Mike Greenberg style tease with this headline. I didn’t say “Should Xavien Howard be included in DPOY award discussions? The reason is two fold. First, I’m not a hack. Secondly, and I suppose more importantly, there is no question if Xavien Howard should be included when everyone is talking about who should win defensive player of the year. He, unequivocally, belongs in that discussion and there’s a case that he’s the front runner for the award.
The NFL defensive player of the year award gets handed out before the Super Bowl.