The NFL Insider Who Called Patrick Mahomes' 2018 MVP Explains His Pick for 2019

May 29, 2019 - 2:32 pm

Louis Riddick is not a hot-take artist. The former NFL safety turned analyst is one of the most respected in his industry.

But it is hot-take SZN in the NFL, and on Memorial Day, this tweet made waves:

Riddick joined Joe DeCamara and his former Oakland Raiders teammate Jon Ritchie on Wednesday's 94WIP Midday Show to explain why he believes Carson Wentz will be the NFL MVP this season.

"Everybody is interested in quarterback news, right?" Riddick said. "And this isn't exactly quarterback news, but I will say when I go this hard and this all-in on something, it's usually because I thought about it, talked to people about it, researched it, watched it. And when you talk about context, it's not just about Carson -- it's about everything else that's going on surrounding him, as far as the people that are around him and his team this year."

Riddick points to three reasons why Wentz will win the MVP in 2019: motivation to prove himself, Doug Pederson, and his supporting cast.

"And look, he has got all kinds of stuff to prove this year," Riddick said. "One, he wants to be known as someone other than the guy that Nick Foles took over for and won a Super Bowl. You know that he doesn't want that anymore. Carson was on his way to winning an MVP two years ago, Carson wants to finish that, he's that kind of competitor. Number two, when Doug Pederson was hired here how much crap, for lack of a better word, did he take over not necessarily maybe being the best qualified for this job? Ridiculous. He's one of the best play callers in the NFL, he's one of the best offensive minds in the NFL. He wants to help Carson reach new heights as well, I know this for a fact. Three, they put together a spectacular team around him offensively. This offense line, if it stays healthy, is everything that he needs it to be for him to have ample protection to go ahead and do what he needs to do, as far as distributing the football to what are I think the best set of weapons on the perimeter and in the backfield in totality, as any team in the NFL.

"There's nothing that should stop him, absolutely nothing."

Riddick admits there will be a ton of competition for the MVP in 2019, with great quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson.

"But Carson is right there with them," Riddick said.

By Andrew Porter