was not great, but is there nobody else out there that can host?
Anyways, the major awards will be announced this Saturday evening on the aforementioned NFL Honors. With that, here are my awards for the 2013 NFL season.
Most Valuable Player - Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
Let's be honest, this award is going to go to Manning and it is not even a discussion. The guy's 37 and puts up perhaps the greatest quarterbacking season of all time, setting records for touchdown passes and passing yardage. All the while he's leading the Broncos to a tie for the best record and the most points and touchdowns in a season for any NFL team. Any questions?
Runner-up - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Offensive Player of the Year - Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
Again, any questions?
Runner-up - LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive Player of the Year - Robert Mathis, OLB, Indianapolis Colts
A lot of good candidates for this award, but Mathis makes a strong case. After all, he was the Colts' pass rush in 2013, his league leading 19.5 sacks were most than the rest of the team combined. Beyond the excellent sack totals, he forced eight fumbles. He was a huge part of the Colts defense and if he was not in the mix, that defense would have been a disaster.
Runner-up - Luke Kuechly, MLB, Carolina Panthers
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
This is a tough award as both Allen and Eddie Lacy are both excellent choices to win. Lacy helped to give the Packers a running game the likes of which they have not had in years, and helped to carry the Green Bay offense when they were without Aaron Rodgers. Allen was sensational for the Chargers and played a major role in their offensive resurgence. I barely lean toward Allen because I think he has a little more to do with San Diego making the playoffs than Lacy did for Green Bay, by a hair.
Runner-up - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Sheldon Richardson, DT, New York Jets
The defensive rookie award has a crowded field this year with a bunch of qualified candidates but I would give it to a guy that may not get the credit that he does at what is not a glamorous position defensively. Richardson came right in from CoMo (I hear that's what they call Columbia, Missouri but I can never tell), and was awesome stuffing the run for an excellent run defense, particularly in a 3-4. I mean, how much love do run stuffers get, but it's a field that does not get the love it should.
Runner-up - Tyrann Mathieu, S, Arizona Cardinals
Comeback Player of the Year - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Generally this award is given to somebody coming back from injury (just look at my runner-up, who returned from tearing his Achilles to having an excellent 2013), but I want to mix up the tradition. After 2012, there were legitimate questions over whether Rivers could still be the guy in San Diego, and this was going to be a key year for him with a new coach running the show. Rivers responded with one of his best years ever and led the Chargers to their first playoff berth in four years by rallying hard down the stretch.
Runner-up - Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins
Coach of the Year - Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
Given all the struggles the team had at receiver and the like, and with the worst supporting cast that Tom Brady has had in years, Bill Belichick is a very legitimate choice for this move. But I still have to go with Reid. It's not easy to take a 2-14 club to 11-5 and solidly in the playoffs, especially in his first year on the job after the burning out in Philadelphia. But he did, and helped Alex Smith rejuvenate his career of sorts as a starter.
Runner-up - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots