In 1984-85, Larry Bird won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award. The New York Knicks Small Forward, Bernard King, averaged 32.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. I still haven’t gotten over King being snubbed. These awards are given to cause controversy and debates, so… Bring it
Coach of the Year:
Seattle Seahawks, Pete Carroll.
The Seahawks started the season 0-2, and they looked like a team that was in full on, rebuild mode. Seattle changed their identity. They are ranked 1st in rushing and their defense has gotten better as the season has gone along. They are ranked 10th, giving up 21.5 points per game. This may be Carroll’s best coaching job.
Chicago Bears, Matt Nagy. The Bears have clinched their first division title since 2010.
Defensive Player of the Year:
LA Rams, Aaron Donald .
Despite being double teamed on almost every play, Donald has 55 tackles, 4 forced fumbles and 19.5 sacks on the year. He has been a 1 man wrecking crew for the Rams.
Runner-Up.Chicago Bears, Khalil Mack. The former Oakland Raiders linebacker has been everything the Bears hoped for. He has bought a confidence and arrogance to the Chicago defense. Despite fighting through injuries, he has 37 tackles, 12.5 sacks and has forced 6 fumbles.
Rookie of the Year:
Cleveland Browns, Baker Mayfield:
The Browns and Mayfield have gotten better every week. They have won 4 out of their last 5 games and 3 in a row. Mayfield was just named offensive player of the week. He has thrown for 3,349 yards, completed 64.6% of his passes, has 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Like LeBron James, Mayfield is bringing a winning mentality to Cleveland.
Runner-Up: New York Giants, Shaquon Barkley. Over the past two games, Barkley has rushed for 31 and 43 yards. He has faded the 2nd half of the season.
New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees:
The Saints are 13-2 and their quarterback has been the best player in the NFL from week 1 until week 16. Brees is about to break his old record, completing 74.4% of his passes. He has 35 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and 3,992 yards. The Saints will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs and are on the inside track to make it back to the Super Bowl.
Runner-Up.. Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has put up video-game like numbers. He has 4816 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Teams will eventually adjust and adapt to Mahomes, but he looks like a franchise quarterback for the next 10 years.
Comeback Player of the Year:
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers.
There has never been a player in the history of the NFL who has carried his team more than Rodgers. Despite missing most of last season with an injury, Rodgers did not miss a beat. He threw for 4,416 yards, 25 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. If the Packers land a good coach, Rodgers could be Super Bowl bound next season.
Runner-Up. Houston Texans, J.J. Watt. After battling injuries over the past few years, Watt has been sensational. He has 44 sacks, 14.5 sacks and has forced 6 fumbles.