Awards For First Quarter of the NFL Season
Sure, they've only played four games, but it's fun to take a look at who has thrived so far and who are potential candidates for awards at the end of the season. Feel free to voice your opinion. Enjoy.
Most Disappointing Team of the First Quarter: 49ers
The 49ers were supposed to be contenders, and even favorites for the NFC West division. One could argue that they still are with the weak competition within the division.
However, San Francisco hasn't won a game yet and it's Week 5. Mike Singletary's job is supposedly safe but that doesn't mean he should rest on his laurels. T
The 49ers need to get their offense going and the defense needs to buckle down. Frank Gore and Patrick Willis are doing their jobs, but the team as a whole needs to get their act together.
Runners up- Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts
Most Surprising Team of the First Quarter: Chiefs
They're 3-0 through thus far. I didn't see it coming. The defense has been a pleasant surprise. The offense hasn't been exactly potent but they have been efficient.
Jamaal Charles is off to a nice start and Matt Cassel has limited his mistakes thus far. I'm not saying the success will continue through the rest of the season, but they've been the most surprising team through the first four weeks of the season.
Runners up- Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys (negatively surprising)
Best Coach of the First Quarter: Todd Haley
The Chiefs are 3-0 and leading the AFC West. The Chiefs have allowed the least amount of points in the AFC so far this season. Of course, they had a bye in Week 4, but that shouldn't take away from the stellar job Haley has done with the defense so far.
The offense hasn't been jaw dropping but they get the job done. It's been a great, overall team effort for the Chiefs 2010.
Runners up- Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rex Ryan, New York Jets
Most Disappointing Player of the First Quarter: Michael Crabtree
One of the reasons the 49ers are the most disappointing team of the first quarter of the season is Crabtree. He has too much talent to be playing the way he is. Frank Gore has almost three times as many receptions as Crabtree.
On top of that, the Texas Tech product doesn't even have a touchdown yet and isn't exactly striking fear into the hearts of opponents so far. Crabtree needs to find a way to get open and help out the offense or his lack of targets will continue.
Runners up- Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings, Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Breakout Player of the First Quarter: Austin Collie
Who would have thought the No.1 receiver for the Colts through the first four weeks of the season would be Austin Collie?. Reggie Wayne is still putting up Reggie Wayne-like numbers, but Collie has taken the NFL by storm this season and is becoming a frequent target of Peyton Manning.
His production is bound to decrease somewhat with the imminent return of Pierre Garcon and possible return of Anthony Gonzalez later this season, but Collie will not go away. Defenses will be making him a part of their game plan every week.
Runners up: Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans, Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns, Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver Broncos
Defensive Rookie of the First Quarter: Nate Allen
Allen is beginning to look like a Brian Dawkins reincarnated. He already has three interceptions, which leads all rookies, and has been a constant force in the Eagles secondary. Allen even has a sack and four passes defensed. It looks like the Eagles have found a fitting replacement for Dawkins.
Runners up- TJ Ward, SS, Cleveland Browns, Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions
Offensive Rookie of the First Quarter: Jahvid Best
Calvin Johnson finally has someone who can take pressure off him. The Lions offense now has two dynamic weapons they can build on for years to come. Best is excelling in his rookie campaign and isn't showing signs of slowing down even with a toe injury.
Expect great things from Best this season and beyond.
Runners up- Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams, CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
Defensive Player of the First Quarter: Clay Matthews
He leads the NFL with seven sacks already. He's a tenacious pass rusher and is always in the area of the ball carrier. He is a relentless, hard working, undervalued leader who has exceeded expectations through the first four weeks.
Runners up- James Anderson, LB, Carolina Panthers, Shaun Phillips, LB San Diego Chargers
Offensive Player of the First Quarter: Arian Foster
Foster leads the NFL in rushing yards and is tied for the lead in rushing touchdowns. Heck, Foster sat out the first quarter against Oakland in Week 4 and still managed 180+ total yards and two touchdowns.
Foster has taken some of the load off Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. The result: A 3-1 start for the Houston Texans, who lead the AFC South through the first four weeks.
Runners up- Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts, Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers, Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts, Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
Most Valuable Player of The First Quarter: Peyton Manning
Yes, the Colts are 2-2, but Manning is definitely doing his part as usual. The four-time MVP leads the league in passer rating, is second in passing yards, first in touchdowns with 11, and only one interception which bounced off Dallas Clark against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Manning is off to one of the best starts of his career. When that's the case you know he's well on his way to his fifth MVP.
Runners up- Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans, Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers, Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets