It surely has been a great season in the NFL. The playoffs were very exciting, and now we wait to see a Super Bowl champion crowned on Sunday. As we look forward to the Patriots vs. Seahawks game, let’s not forget the many standout performances during the regular season. To celebrate the many players who showcased their skills and talent, here are my picks to win this year’s NFL awards:
MVP: RB, DeMarco Murray (Cowboys)
The Cowboys have gone 8-8 in the last few seasons, until this one, where the running back broke loose, helping lead the Cowboys to 12 wins, while rushing for 1845 yards and 13 touchdowns, which led the league. The Cowboys much improved offensive line contributed greatly to those big numbers, but with his progress and production, Murray was the real reason the Cowboys thrived this season. Tony Romo was able to create big plays, only with the help of the rushing attack. As for Aaron Rodgers, he played phenomenally well, however he had a few blunders on the road and was too close in numbers to Romo, which is why DeMarco Murray deserves the MVP award.
Offensive Player of the Year: QB, Aaron Rodgers (Packers)
The superstar quarterback threw for 4831 yards, along with 38 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. As the Packers struggled in the beginning of the season, Rodgers continued to find ways to lead his team to victory, and to go undefeated at home. Another fantastic season for Rodgers, who in my opinion should win the Offensive Player of the Year award.
Defensive Player of the Year: DE, JJ Watt (Texans)
Without a doubt, this was the best season of this young man’s career, with many more to come after he signed a mega contract with the Texans for over $100 million. With 20.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 5 touchdowns (3 offensive), he proved to be the best defensive player in the NFL by a long shot. Unfortunately, Watt doesn’t play offense, although he had three touchdowns, and he can’t play quarterback either which is why the Texans missed the playoffs. Easy!
Coach of the Year: HC, Bruce Arians (Cardinals)
In his second year as head coach for the Cardinals, Arians led the team to an astounding 9-1 record, leading the NFC West. Carson Palmer tore his ACL and was marked out for the season, which certainly contributed to the 11-5 record. However, the Cardinals were disciplined on defense. Injuries to their two top quarterbacks and starting running back really hurt them moving forward, but still, Arians deserves a lot of credit for the team’s success.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: WR, Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants)
The 1st round pick out of LSU was an assassin on the receiving end of the ball this season, recording 91 receptions, 1305 yards and 12 touchdowns—oh yeah, in only 12 games played. As he shattered many Giants’ records, he made the season watchable, including having the catch of the year against the Giants archrival Cowboys where he caught the ball with three fingers.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: DT, Aaron Donald (Rams)
Although the Rams did not make the playoffs, this 1st round defensive tackle out of Pittsburgh solidified the Rams defensive line and complemented star defensive end Robert Quinn. With 9 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, he slightly outplayed runner up C.J. Mosley, the Ravens rookie linebacker from Alabama.
Comeback Player of the Year: TE, Rob Gronkowski (Patriots)
After undergoing major surgeries and being in and out of the lineup last year and early this year, Gronkowski has proven that he is still the league’s best tight end. With 82 catches, 1124 yards and 12 touchdowns, he has been the difference maker and has helped the Patriots become the team they are today.
Here are a few made-up awards that I believe these respective players would deserve.
WR, Antonio Brown (Steelers)
LB, Justin Houston (Chiefs)
QB, Tony Romo (Cowboys)
Best Free Agent Signings
CB, Darelle Revis (Patriots)
WR, Golden Tate (Lions)
WR, Steve Smith (Ravens)
LB, Jadeveon Clowney (Texans)
QB, Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
RB, Trent Richardson (Colts)
What’s your opinion?
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