Who is the best defensive player in the NFL? It’s a common debate that generates an endless stream of opinions.
Many argue in favor of players who have consistently produced great numbers over the past few seasons—guys like Houston Texans end J.J. Watt, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, Denver Broncos end Von Miller and Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Many people would agree with at least one name on that list, but not New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Arguably the best quarterback in football, he has a questionable candidate for the best defensive player in the NFL. His choice? Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.
Brady told reporters earlier this week before his team’s game against Seattle that Bennett is the best defender in the league right now. Per fieldgulls.com: “[Martellus] and his brother Michael [Bennett], I know he’s not playing this week, but if he’s not the best defensive player in the league, I don’t know who is. He’s right up there at the top, so they’ve got good genes in that family, I know that.”
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound D-end is a monster. His 10 sacks and 33 tackles earned him his first Pro Bowl selection last season, but this season is a different story. Bennett only has three sacks and 16 tackles. He’s been sidelined by a knee injury that he suffered a few weeks ago.
Maybe the four-time Super Bowl champion QB is using reverse psychology. Either that or he knows something we don’t.