Tom Brady and the 2010-11 NFL End of the Year Awards
It's that time of year again. The football season is just about over, and it's time to choose the best players in the league and most deserving of these awards.
I have included most disappointing team of the year, most surprising team of the year, coach of the year, most disappointing player of the year, breakout player of the year, defensive rookie of the year, offensive rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, offensive player of the year and, of course, MVP.
Most Disappointing Team of the Year: Dallas Cowboys
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"America's Team" earned this award about five games into the season. The hype at the start of the season was vanquished about as quickly as it began. Dallas ended its pitiful season with a 6-10 record and almost irreparable pride.
Everyone thought they had the tools to make it to their stadium for the big game. Unfortunately, those tools were rusty.
It has been announced that Jason Garrett will be taking the reins in Dallas. It's going to be a long offseason for Jerry Jones as he contemplates what exactly went wrong.
Runners-up: Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers
Most Surprising Team of the Year: Kansas City Chiefs
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The Chiefs are on their way to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 after four seasons of the division rival San Diego Chargers winning the AFC West.
Kansas City's offense, especially the passing game, really took a step forward this season. Jamaal Charles had a career year, and Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe built one of the best connections in the NFL.
Their defense took great strides this season as they finished 12th in total defense. Defensive end/outside linebacker Tamba Hali and rookie safety Eric Berry anchored an impressive defense that could cause trouble for Joe Flacco and the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs.
Runners-up: Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams
Coach of the Year: Todd Haley, Kansas City Chiefs
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In his second season of coaching in Kansas City Todd Haley is already a division winner and in the playoffs.
With a nice blend of offense and defense (12th in total offense and total defense) and a talented, young core playing for him, Haley has some promising seasons ahead of him.
Runners-up: Bill Belichick, New England Patriots; Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears
Most Disappointing Player of the Year: Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings
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Even before the injuries and scandalous rumors, it was time for Favre to retire. He should have listened to his body and called it quits after last year's heartbreaking postseason loss.
Unfortunately for Brett, his career has ended with him watching on the sideline—definitely not what he deserved after all those successful seasons.
Even with one of the most disappointing seasons of his career, he's still one of the greatest ever.
Runners-up: Randy Moss, WR, Tennessee Titans; Donovan McNabb, QB, Washington Redskins
Breakout Player of the Year: Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
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Foster lit up opposing defenses this season, starting in Week 1 against the Colts with a 230-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance. He ended up leading the league in rushing yards with 1,616 and touchdowns with 16.
He was the only running back to average 100 yards per game and was a threat in the passing game as well. If the Texans had made the playoffs, he may have been the front runner for NFL MVP.
Runners-up: Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts; Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Danny Woodhead, RB/WR, New England Patriots
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions
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Suh was tied for sixth in the league in sacks with 10 and was sixth among defensive tackles in tackles. Detroit still didn't have a defense to be crazy about, but with Suh anchoring the defensive line, at least there's some potential to be somewhat decent in future seasons.
Runners-up: Devin McCourty, CB, New England Patriots; Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
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Bradford exceeded almost everyone's expectations this season as a rookie quarterback.
The Rams were one of the worst teams in football before the ex-Sooner came to town. Not only did he put the Rams in contention to win the NFC West, he threw for more than 3,500 yards and more touchdowns than interceptions as well—pretty impressive for a rookie quarterback.
Bradford and Rams receiver Danny Amendola have built a solid rapport with one another that could cause headaches for opposing secondaries for years to come, not to mention his connection with wide receiver Mark Clayton and veteran running back Steven Jackson.
Runners-up: LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions
Defensive Player of the Year: Julius Peppers, DE, Chicago Bears
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Peppers was haunting opposing quarterbacks all season long. He didn't necessarily have the individual statistics, with 54 tackles and eight sacks, to scream about, but he did lead the NFL in causing quarterback fear and discomfort.
He was one of the biggest reasons for Chicago's success this season and was well worth the money Chicago promised him during the offseason.
Runners-up: Vince Wilfork, DT, New England Patriots; John Abraham, DE, Atlanta Falcons
Offensive Player of the Year: Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
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*See "Breakout Player of the Year" slide
Runners-up: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots; Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Most Valuable Player of the Year: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
This may sound weird, but Tom Brady had one of the best seasons of his career in 2010, including breaking the record for most passes thrown without an interception. He threw four on the season—yes, four.
Brady ended up throwing for 3,900 yards and 36 touchdowns with a rating of 111.0, leading all quarterbacks by far.
New England's defense was nothing to write home about this season and gave Tom all the opportunities he needed to put up some nice statistics. With no big names on offense either, Brady was definitely the most valuable player this season, even if he claims that the award doesn't make sense.
Did I mention he threw 36 touchdowns and four interceptions?
Runners-up: Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles; Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons; Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans