2009 Postseason Awards: Who Should Win Them?
It is about time for Associated Press to give out the NFL post-season awards. I'm going to give my opinion on who I think deserves them.
My opinions my not collaborate with yours in a satisfying manner, because I know the most of you ride bandwagons like there's a terrorist waiting on you to step out.
My views are honest, and from the heart. Before all judgement gets out, I am aware that Bud Adams receiving the Coach of the Year award will never happen (since he is not a coach).
Coach of the Year
It could be very convincingly argued that the 2010 Coach of the Year award should not even go to a Coach at all. The Titans went out to start their season at 0-6 after previously going 13-3.
Kerry Collins was the starter under Jeff Fisher's control, then Bud Adams took action. After his demand for Young to be placed in the starting position, the Titans went 5-1 making the greatest team turn-around in NFL history.
If the right teams win, and the right teams lose, the Titans may be looking at another playoff berth.
Comeback Player of the Year
Is there really any question to who this award should go to? Vince Young finished his 2008-2009 season being booed off of his own field.
He sat on the benches last season watching Collins, learning from him, to get better as a quarterback, and as a leader (unlike a certain Jamarcuss Russell).
He (and Chris Johnson) have made a great comeback, and if anyone says he doesn't deserve it; you are wrong. That is about as blunt as I can be.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
This man has made quite the statement over the past few weeks. Matthews is improving at an ungodly rate.
His sack-tastic game against the ravens led to a complete and total shutdown of the Ravens passing game while missing key players in their secondary.
Who needs a good secondary when you have, Clay Matthews?
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Just as I predicted before he even entered the NFL, he has this award.
Percy Harvin has shown skill in all areas on the field. Returns, Receiving, and Rushing. No matter where he lines up he is a threat, becoming a top receiver in the already elite set that Minnesota has to offer.
Harvin is 2nd on the team in TD receptions behind Shaincoe, 2nd in total receptions and yards behind Sidney Rice, and has 13 rushes for 113 yards (8.7 YPC). Let's not forget he has run two (2) kickoffs to the house.
Congrats Percey! Everyone saw it coming.
Defensive Player of the Year
Time to be realistic on this one. I previously had Troy Polamalu on this slide if you haven't read it yet.
The facts are here. Darren Sharper has 8 Interceptions on the season, 51 tackles, 3 touchdowns, and 355 yards.
Not that New Orleans has really NEEDED a playmaker on defense.
Offensive Player of the Year
This man is in no position to win the MVP award this season; but he is closing in on an NFL record that has been in place for 25 years. That has to account for SOMETHING.
2009 MVP Award
Many would argue that the MVP award should go to Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, or Drew Brees due to their astonishing stats and team records this season (no lower than 10-2).
However; I am looking deeper than stats. I am looking at the situation that this person is in as well. I'm looking at what he has to work with.
Aaron Rodgers has found himself under a dogpile of opposing linemen/backers more than any other quarterback, and is somehow managing to keep enough focus to be 2nd in the league for least Interceptions this season (held by predecessor Favre).
His stats aren't even that far behind Brees, Manning, and Favre. He virtually has top tier stats, and is also overcoming adversity and alienation from the entire Packers' fan base. Max respect to this man. He deserves it.