Jun. 30, 2014
Midseason NFL Awards
With it being the midpoint of the NFL season, today is a good time to do the midseason NFL awards.
MVP: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots. I think Brady is the runaway MVP at this point. Brady has aged very well as he is playing the best Football of his career. He is PFF's only QB that is above a 90 in their QB ratings and he has just been great. His downfield accuracy has been an impressive surprise as he has struggled with that in the past. Brady has also used his legs to extend plays outside of the pocket which is unlike him. The only argument against Brady is that his team went 3-1 in the stretch without him. Well, they barely beat an Arizona Cardinals team that we don't even know if they are good or not, the Texans, and the Dolphins. Brady has a chance to cement his MVP legitimacy if he can take down the Legion of Boom at home on SNF.
Offensive Player of The Year: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots. If Brady wins MVP he has to win OPOY, right?
Defensive Player of The Year: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams. Donald is the best DT in football by far. He commands double and sometimes triple teams because of his dominance. He isn't big like Vince Wilfork, but his quickness and use of his hands is what allows him to quickly emerge in the backfield. PFF has even rated him as their best pass rusher through 8 weeks.
Offensive Rookie of The Year: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys. This one is easy. I predicted Elliott to win this award as soon as he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Elliott is a really complete RB in the mold of Le'veon Bell. You add his great talent to the best O-line in football and you have a recipe for success. Through 8 weeks Elliott has shown great patience when waiting for blocks to open up, and great vision. The only other contender for this award is Zeke's teammate, Dak Prescott, but even he hasn't had the same impact like Zeke.
Defensive Rookie of The Year: Joey Bosa,DE, San Diego Chargers: Even though he missed the entire training camp and preseason with a contract holdout, Bosa has been impressive among his return. Bosa was often compared to J.J. Watt because of his number and race, but he plays completely different than Watt. Bosa doesn't possess Watt's athleticism, but he makes up for it with his technique. Bosa's competition for this award will most likely be Jags CB, Jalen Ramsey. For a CB to win it, however, would take for a bunch of highlight plays that Ramsey hasn't had yet.
Coach of The Year: Dan Quinn, Falcons: Maybe a bit of a shock to most of you, but I have liked what Quinn has done with the Atlanta Falcons so far. Quinn has gotten the most out of a Defense with a minimal pass rush and an okay secondary. His team can very well go far in the playoffs if they keep up the pace they have been going on.
Comeback Player of The Year: Andrew Luck, QB, Colts. As a big Luck fan, I am happy that he has bounced back in the best of ways. He still has those plays where he turns it over even though he could just throw it away, his pension for the big play overshadows it. Luck has been a smarter runner so far. Instead of just absorbing the big hits, he slides or just goes out of bounds.
Hope you enjoyed, Kyle out, peace.