And the Awards go to….

February 7, 2012 at 4:20 am 1 comment

So the NFL Award Ceremony came and went. And I do not believe we were left with any jaw dropping or head scratching results. Drew Brees won the Offensive Player of the Year, which typically goes to the statistical beast of the year. Brees shattered Marino’s yardage in a season record and absolutely lit  up scoreboards with his 48 touchdowns and breaking his own record of 70.6% completion percentage, now at 71.6%. Brees excited fans with his overpowering offense, but came up shy of the MVP because his influence wasn’t the same on a game as Rodgers who could take control and manage the game better.

This leads me to the over-deserving MVP of the league … Mr. Discount Double-check himself, Aaron Rodgers. The man was cold and cool every single game, he could roll out of the pocket and throw a better ball than most quarterbacks can throw while stepping up. It was over a year before the guy lost a fricken’ game. His forty-five to six touchdown to interception ratio was the best since Brady’s fifty to eight in the 2007 Season. His team still finished 15-1 regardless of the overall outcome of the season, the Super Bowl still went through Lambeau. Rodgers was the front runner for MVP at the beginning of the year and never lost his steam, rightfully so.

Defensive player of the year is an underrated and under-appreciated player in Terrell Suggs, who plays little brother to Ray Lewis on an always stout defense. He finished with 70 tackles and 14 sacks and was a torment every down. Suggs finally got the respect he needed by being handed this award. Staying on this side of the ball, Von Miller took home the Defensive Rookie of the Year, although the case could’ve been made for Aldon Smith. Both rookies had stellar years and either one was very deserving of the award. Miller tallied 64 tackles and 11.5 sacks and helped anchor a defense that helped turn  a 2-5 team into a playoff contender as they took down a playoff juggernaut in the Steelers.

Now, we have Offensive Rookie of the Year in a “no duh” moment as Cam Newton took home the award. The guy proved the naysayers wrong and scored touchdowns in a new and exciting fashion that the Panthers drafted him for. Cam should only get better as his career progresses. Finally, we have Coach of the Year, which was presented to Jim Harbaugh who definitely deserved it. Took an overachieving 49ers team to within a fumble of reaching the Super Bowl. This team, offensively was not worthy of 13-3, but its defense was one of the best in the league with a beastly front seven. The only coach that could have had an argument was Tom Coughlin, but most of his merit was based on a rebounding perspective and the Giants 2011-2012 resume in the playoffs and clearly their Super Bowl victory. Harbaugh as a rookie head coach achieved more than most would even dream of in their first year. There’s no argument here for the 2011-2012 AP NFL Awards.

Those are my two cents … cash them in if you wish!


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