Sat, 6 Jan 2007 06:14:37 -0800 Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman feels he should have been the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year over Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor. "If anybody can honestly say they've performed as well as I have while I've been on the field..." Merriman said. "You even take the four games away and I still outperformed a lot of guys." Merriman missed four games as a result of a positive steroids test. "I don't think it was my suspension that cost me the votes," Merriman added. "I think it's that I didn't play the full 16 games is what the people have something over me."