"In 2006, former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was dominating games, seemingly reaching the quarterback every play while totaling 13.5 sacks (a high season total back in the day) batting down eight passes, intercepting two passes and forcing an astounding nine fumbles.
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Over in Denver, cornerback Champ Bailey was having a remarkable season of his own, recording 85 tackles, breaking up 11 passes and intercepting 10 passes while gaining respect as one of the league's top tackling cornerbacks against the run.
At the conclusion of the 2006 season, Taylor was named the Defensive Player of the Year, despite the fact that Bailey tied for the league lead in interceptions and proved to be extremely effective against the run. Voters have always overlooked cornerbacks in favor of pass rushers, and that trend will likely continue in 2013—unjust as that may be."