With only one week left to play, we have a very good idea of who the favorites are for the majority of NFL awards at the end of the 2012 season. There are still two awards that have a number of viable candidates, so hopefully one of them steps up in Week 17 to end the discussion.
In an episode of NBC's Pro Football Talk this week, Mike Florio revealed that the voters for every major NFL award will be casting their votes after the conclusion of the regular season on December 31. The sad part, according to Florio, is that football fans will be forced to wait for 33 days until the NFL announces the winners on February 2, the eve of Super Bowl XLVII.
It seems exceptionally cruel of the NFL to keep everybody in suspense that long. By the time the winners are finally announced, everybody will be focused on all the storylines of the Super Bowl teams and the award winners will be an afterthought.
This is just one more example of how the NFL has handled the 2012 season brutally from a public relations standpoint. After the bounty-scandal suspensions and replacement refs, holding out on announcing the award winners for over a month seems par for the course.
For those that have inquired during the previous weeks of this season-long feature, we will come out and make our final predictions on who will win each major award on the Tuesday after Week 17 games are completed.