06 January 2017

2016 NFL Awards

(AP)
As we wrap up the regular season and crank up the playoffs this weekend, let's look back and hand out some hardware. Here are the B-Flo 360 NFL Awards for 2016.

Midseason Awards

MVP - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons (1990 - 2002)Even as Tom Brady had himself a brilliant season as he set the record for touchdown-interception ratio, I have decided to mix up this pick from midseason and to go with Ryan. Arguably, Ryan had more pressure on his back considering that Atlanta's defense is a mess and he responsided big league this season with the finest season of his career. He led the league in quarterback rating and yards-per-attempt, finished second in passing yardage and had a sterling 38-7 touchdown to interception ratio. Atlanta was a pleasant surprise this season en route to getting a bye in the playoffs and Ryan is the reason why.
Runner-up - Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Offensive Player of the Year - Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys (1964 - Pres)Running behind the best offensive line in football certainly doesn't hurt as well as sharing a backfield with another standout rookie, Dak Prescott, but nobody could or should discount the impact that Elliott has had on this team and their 13-3 record. Not only that, Elliott blew everybody away in the rushing yardage race as he had over 300 more rushing yards than second place and a 132.9 yards-per-scrimmage average per-game was impressive no matter which way you look at it.
Runner-up - David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

Defensive Player of the Year - Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders (1995 - Pres)Mack may not have the gaudiest sack numbers with 11 for the season after having only one in the first four games but he has made his defensive impact elsewhere as the key cog defensively for the 11-5 Raiders. He forced five fumbles this season, not more important than the game-sealing strip sacks against the Panthers and the Bills earlier in the season and had 96 pressures on opposing quarterbacks this season, much more than anybody else at his position.
Runner-up - Von Miller, Denver Broncos

Offensive Rookie of the Year - Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys (1964 - Pres)If Elliott is winning the Offensive Player of the Year award, you can be damn sure that he would be the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Elliott was the early and overwhelming favorite to win this award going back to the offseason and it is safe to say that he exceeded the expectations of most as he won the rushing title and played a key part in a resurgent Dallas franchise. Yes, Prescott had himself a very nice rookie campaign in his own right and Tyreek Hill was a revelation in Kansas City but this isn't close.
Runner-up - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Defensive Rookie of the Year - Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers (2007 - Pres)The fact that Bosa put tallied 10.5 sacks in 12 games is impressive in a vaccuum but when you factor in that Bosa put up that performance not only after a hamstring injury but also having seen his offseason basically wiped out thanks to a lengthy holdout and contract negotiation is made even more impressive. Bosa showed some really nice pass rushing ability from a position that he was not used to playing (3-4 outside linebacker) and who knows what could have happened for the Chargers had he been healthy all season.
Runner-up - Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars

New England Patriots (1993 - 1999)Coach of the Year - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
Seemingly every year, there are good cases to be made about a number of coaches and that is no different this year. And besides, how fun is it to pick the coach that only wins every year? I still will go with Belichick and the reason why is that they went 14-2 in a season in which they only played four games with both Tom Brady (suspension) and Rob Gronkowski (injury). And even with some key departures to their defense, they led the league in points allowed per-game. Mix that all together and that's why Belichick should win this award.
Runner-up - Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

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