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League MVP: Aaron Rodgers.
I'm getting bored of this.
Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers.
Is it wrong that I want to give this one to Tim Tebow just to shake things up?
Defensive Player of the Year: Jared Allen.
This award has become notorious recently for picking the wrong winner. The past three winners (Charles Woodson, Troy Polamalu and Terrell Suggs) all should have lost (to Darrelle Revis, Clay Matthews and Justin Smith, respectively).
They can't get it wrong four years in a row, right? Allen is going to lead the league in sacks and finally get the recognition he deserves. If Allen is close, the media might give him the edge just because of last year's snub. Of course, the same could be said for Smith.
The difference is Smith is going to be 33 during the season. Allen is 30. Age isn't an exact science, but Allen should be more likely to maintain his level of performance. If he does, he's got a real shot to win this award.
Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning.
If Peyton plays all 16 games, he'll win this one by default. In fact, if he plays in 12 games, he'll win this one by default. While he doesn't look 100 percent healthy yet, he does look healthy enough to play. It would take another neck injury to keep Peyton from winning this award.
Most Improved Player: Eric Decker.
This isn't technically a real award, but it should be, so I'm awarding it. Decker was made to play with Peyton Manning. His stats should see a massive bump, and if Denver makes the playoffs, he'll be in the national spotlight as Manning's top receiver.
Realistically there will probably be another Victor Cruz-type player who would win this award, but I'm not gonna try to predict that. Decker gets the predictable version.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III.
This one is realistically going to come down to the quarterbacks. Weeden and Tannehill are already out because of their terrible supporting casts (and the fact that they're Brandon Weeden and Ryan Tannehill).
That leaves Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. We don't even know if Wilson has the job permanently, so he's too risky.
That leaves Luck and Griffin, which basically comes down to personal preference. I prefer Griffin, so he gets the award.
Defense Rookie of the Year: Mark Barron.
This award usually goes to a pass-rusher or a tackling-machine, but there isn't an obvious candidate in either category except for maybe Luke Kuechly.
Barron's effect on Tampa's defense should be evident all year. If he's as good as he seems, he can absolutely win this award.
Coach of the Year: Greg Schiano.
New coaches tend to monopolize this award, and Schiano is the best of that group. He's really in a perfect situation: if he wins right away, he's hailed as a god (a la Jim Harbaugh), if he doesn't, nobody can blame him because of the mess Raheem Morris left behind.
I'm one of the few who thinks Tampa Bay can make the playoffs. If they do, he'll win this award.