End of the Year Awards for the NFL
Peyton Manning, QB, Colts
Manning has led his team to a 14-2 year despite having a new head coach, an inexperienced offensive line, and starting WR Anthony Gonzalez out for almost the whole year. The only two losses came at the end of the year when Manning was on the bench fearing injury for the impending playoffs. His team’s performance from when he is on and off the field is drastic and is unparalleled by any other player.
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
Chris Johnson led the NFL in rushing, becoming the fifth player in NFL history to run for 2,000 yards. He set the record for total yards in one season and led a dynamic offense for Tennessee that recovered from an 0-6 start and almost made the playoffs. He may be the best running back in football.
Jared Allen, DE, Vikings
This guy is ridiculous. He was second in the NFL in sacks, forced 5 fumbles, and took one in for a score. He fronts the attack from one of the most ferocious defenses in the NFL.
Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings
This guy returns kicks, receives, and even runs a little bit. He is as explosive as teammate Adrian Peterson was in his rookie year.
Brian Cushing, LB, Texans
This physical freak is all over the field, lead the rookie class with tackles, and he even defended the pass, with five picks and many big pass deflections.
Coach of the Year
Marvin Lewis, Bengals
Two years ago, if someone saw this, they would laugh and burn this paper. But look at Cincy, they won the tough AFC North by sweeping their oppenents in the division. They have also dealt with tradegy, after defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer’s wife died, the team responsed with big victories over their rivals, and then young WR Chris Henry was killed in a domestic dispute after turning his life around for the better.
Fantasy Football MVP
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
This guy was supposed to break out this year for fantasy owners, and he did not disappoint. He ran the ball in 5 times, but also utilized weapons like Donald Driver and Greg Jennings to put himself at not only the top spot at QB, but the top spot overall for fantasy points.
Worst of the Worst
Jamarcus Russell, QB, Raiders
Ryan Leaf even says this guy is terrible, with a completion percentage under 50%, and QB Rating of 47.7, Russell put himself high atop the list of No. 1 pick draft busts. He lost his starting spot to Bruce Gradkowski, yup, Bruce Gradkowksi.
The Browns Organization
Eric Mangini was fired from the Jets. Two days later, he was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns football team. That’s a shame. He has swapped out Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson more times than Pacman Jones has gotten arrested. His actions got his good and friend and GM of the Browns, George Kokinas, fired. He fined a player $1701 for taking a $3 water bottle from a hotel. Hey, it isn’t Mangini’s fault for being a terrible coach, team owner Randy Lerner rushed to hire Mangini right after he was fired… maybe he should thought that one out.
The Browns somehow managed to win their last four games giving hope to the team and also dropping their draft pick down a couple of crucial spots.
Jeff Reid’s Tackling