Our best commenter, Michael, has again requested a post. That was two weeks ago, so it’s about time I put it up. It won’t be as in depth as I had originally intended, but this is it. Here is a list of the major awards given out on a yearly basis in the NFL with my picks for who should win each for the 2008 season:
League MVP: Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts – Bouncing back from two offseason knee surgeries, Peyton put this team on his back. With a basically non existent defense that was ranked 22nd in yards per game, and 24th in rushing yards per game, and a rushing offense that ranked dead last in the league in yards per carry, second to last in yards per game, and only had 5 runs of 20+ yards all year and none of 40+, both are also stats that they rank last in the league in. The Colts started out 3-4, Peyton led the team on a nine game winning streak to finish 12-4 without a running game that would help keep defenses honest, and without a reliable defense.
Offensive Player of the Year: Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts – He’s good.
Defensive Player of the Year: Albert Haynesworth, DT, Tennessee Titans or James Harrison, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers – I really can’t decide between these two. Haynesworth is arguably the most dominant individual in all of football, but Harrison is a sack machine, setting a franchise record with 16. It’ll be interesting to see who actually wins it. Both are certainly deserving.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons – He already won it.
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Jerod Mayo, ILB, New England Patriots – His 128 tackles, 100 of which were solo, puts him miles ahead of all other rookies, and his 100 solo tackles is the fifth most in the league among all players, not just rookies. (Update: Jerod Mayo did end up winning this award.)
Comeback Player of the Year: Kurt Warner, QB, Arizona Cardinals – Warner threw for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns to go along with his 67.1 completions percentage and 96.9 passer rating. He hasn’t thrown for 4,000+ yards, 30+ TDs, 67+ completion percentage or a 90+ passer rating since his 2001 year with the Rams, when he was a part of one of the best offenses in NFL history. (Update: Chad Pennington, QB, Miami Dolphins won the Comeback Player of the Year Award.)
Coach of the Year - Tony Sparano, Miami Dolphins – He took the Dolphins from being a 1-15 team last year to an 11-5, AFC East winning, 3rd seed in the playoffs team.
These aren’t all of the awards, but they are the main ones and yes, I realize that Matt Ryan has already won offensive rookie of the year in a land slide. If you have any questions or thoughts, feel free to leave a comment.
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