30 October 2013

2013 NFL Midseason Awards

We have reached the midway point in the 2013 NFL season, so let's hand out some midseason hardware. Here are my midseason awards for the 2013 season thus far.
Preseason Awards

Most Valuable Player - Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
What Manning has been doing this season in Denver has been absolutely ridiculous. He is on pace for 5,838 passing yards (smashing the season record of 5,476), 58 touchdowns (smashing the record of 50) as well as a completion percentage of 71.2%, a passer rating of 119.4 and is leading the best offense in the NFL by a wide margin as well as the best team in the NFL. Need I say more?
Runner-Up: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Offensive Player of the Year - Peyton ManningQBDenver Broncos
Again, need I saw more?
Runner-UpDrew BreesQBNew Orleans Saints

Defensive Player of the Year - Sean Lee, MLB, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys do have the worst defense in the NFL statistically by a nice margin so it does seem unusual that they would feature the Defensive Player of the Year, but even then, Lee has been having a tremendous season. He has been filling up the stat sheet with 81 combined tackles (tied for second most in the league) and four interceptions (tied for the most) and has played a key role in helping the Cowboys look like the best team almost by default in the NFC East.
Runner-Up: Robert Mathis, OLB, Indianapolis Colts

Offensive Rookie of the Year - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
The Packers are third in the NFL in rushing. Where have they ranked in the last eight years? 20th, 27th, 24th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 23rd, 30th. They have not been in the top ten since 2005 and not as high as third since 2004. It has been a while since the Packers have had consistent running games and a big reason why this season has been different is due to this rookie from Alabama. Lacy has not been spectacular by any stretch, averaging four yards a carry on 112 attempts, but he has helped make Green Bay be even more dangerous offensively.
Runner-Up: Gio Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Defensive Rookie of the Year - Kiko Alonso, ILB, Buffalo Bills
In a deep defensive rookie class, Alonso may just take the cake, after all he is tied with Lee for tackles and interceptions this year. The Oregon product has only played football since freshman year of high school but he has shown an excellent nose for the football and has joined a crop of only 15 linebackers that have intercepted four passes in a season, all of which came in September.
Runner-Up: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Comeback Player of the Year - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
Remember when there was serious discussion over whether Rivers was still the franchise quarterback in San Diego after putting together a pair of disappointing seasons the last two years? Now under new coach Mike McCoy, Rivers is well on his way on having the best season of his career. He is projected to have career highs in touchdowns, yards, passer rating, completions and completion percentage. And not just that, the Chargers are in the playoff hunt.
Runner-Up: Robert Griffin, QB, Washington

Coach of the Year - Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
Now let's just be honest about the Chiefs. They are not the best team in the NFL. Kansas City has taken advantage of a weak schedule, the second weakest in the league thus far, and they really have not look that dominant in the weak of that as well. However, nobody foresaw the team with the worst record in the NFL increasing their win total fourfold from their total a year ago in the first eight weeks. And for that, Reid is going to win this award.
Runner-Up: Bill Belichick, New England Patriots