02 November 2011

2011 NFL Midseason Awards

Well is it about midseason of the 2011 NFL season and it feels like it just started. But it's been exciting thus far no doubt and so who are the award winners of the season thus far? Here's my take.

Most Valuable Player - Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
You know, Rodgers has been making a case that he has been the best quarterback in the NFL right now. He has been seemingly flawless all season, showcasing tremendous accuracy and a knack for not throwing interceptions. And not to mention, he's the focal reason why this club is still undefeated. He's got my vote for MVP.
Runner-Up: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Offensive Player of the Year - Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions
The man they refer to as "Megatron" has just been beastly thus far in 2011, forming a lethal combination with Matthew Stafford and leading this offense thus far. Johnson has been facing double teams on almost every play this season but it hasn't meant jack as he is putting up tremendous numbers, including an absurd 11 touchdowns thus far, which is double second place.
Runner-Up: Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills

Defensive Player of the Year - Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets
Now while Revis does not put up tremendous numbers, they do not throw at him for a reason, he has been a hugely important cog in the Jets thus far and is their most valuable player on the season as of right now. He also has been hugely important for their moribund offense, having returned two interceptions for touchdowns on the year.
Runner-Up: Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Rookie of the Year - Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Surprised not to see Cam Newton here? Let me explain myself before you pelt my dorm with rotten tomatoes. While Newton's numbers are very impressive in the air and on the ground, he has not been winning games while Dalton has put up effective numbers and his club is in playoff contention right now. It is easy to pile up numbers when the game is in doubt so while Newton's numbers certainly raise eyebrows, I like how Dalton has won games in a tough place to win as well as form a potentially powerful combo with fellow rookie A.J. Green.
Runner-Up: Newton

Defensive Rookie of the Year - Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos
Miller has proven to be a sack master that the Broncos were looking for when they drafted him at number two overall. And not only has been effective at getting to the quarterback, critical for this bad defense, he also has been solid in coverage and against the run. He is making me look dumb for not giving him an A in my draft grades.
Runner-Up: Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco 49ers

Coach of the Year - Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers
This was a very tough decision between Harbaugh and Marvin Lewis, who has turned a club that nobody gave any chance to be a serious playoff contender in the AFC. But not has Harbaugh have these 49ers atop the NFC Worst, he has them in a position to get a bye in the playoffs. And don't be downing on them due to their easy division, this club is legitimate. And he's got Alex Smith to look like an NFL quarterback, which was thought to be impossible.
Runner-Up: Lewis

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