Awards Watch: Week 9
Says Falcons coach Mike Smith: "The biggest thing that stands out about Matt this year is his decision-making. A lot of responsibility has been placed on his shoulders, and he's getting us into the right spots and making the correct reads."
Says an AFC scout: "He's the most disruptive defensive player in the game. He rushes the passer, he drops in coverage, he knocks down balls at the line, he plays the run. There's really nothing he doesn't do."
Says an AFC defensive coordinator: "People questioned if he could be as good as he was before the neck surgeries. S--t! He's been better. There's nothing he hasn't seen. You can't fool him."
Says an NFC scout: "When he's on his game he's the best quarterback in the game, period."
Says an AFC defensive coordinator: "He made some comment about the offense being more dink and dunk, but I don't see it. He's getting the ball out quicker, which is smart because of their issues up front. It not only makes him a more effective player, but the Steelers a better offense."
Says an NFC scout: "He's just a freak, a physical freak. What he's doing is incredible."
Says a Hall of Fame offensive player: "He might be the best I've ever seen at forcing fumbles. It's uncanny how he's able to do it."
Says an NFC coach: "He just quietly goes about his business, but you better account for him or it's going to be a long afternoon."
Says teammate Dwight Freeney: "What I like about him is his accountability. If he makes a mistakes he says, 'It's on me.' That's big because he rarely makes the same mistake twice."
Says an NFC scout: "He can't do it alone, and suspect protection and an inconsistent running game are hurting him."
Says Raiders coach Dennis Allen: "When you miss tackles on him, he takes them for big gains."
Says an AFC scout: "He's going to be a player for years to come. Bill got it right with this one."
Says an NFC personnel exec: "He's not flashy, but he's steady. He's going to help them for a while."
Says an NFC wideout: "He's raw, but you see the ability. The key is for him to stay humble and keep working."