2011 NFL Season: Predicting Who Will Win the Season's Major Awards
The NFL preseason is well under way, and the regular season is extremely close. Fans and coaches alike are pumped up for some football, as they want to see the best teams and the best players in action. Football's most talented and explosive players are sure to be under the microscope, with every play determining greatness. Some players are in for tremendous seasons, and they are primed to take home a major award.
NFL MVP: Drew Brees
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Drew Brees is one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL today, but this season, he will reach even another level. The former Super Bowl MVP seems like a lock for 4000 yards and 30 touchdowns every season. Although his interceptions were unusually high last year, the Saints superstar still managed to put up terrific numbers. This season should be a banner year for Brees, as he finally has a ground game to work with since New Orleans drafted former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram with the franchise's first round pick. The running game will take pressure off Brees, and he will finally be able to reach his receiving weapons at ease. The Saints should make the postseason easily for a third consecutive season, and Brees should explode for a 4,500 yard-35 TD-10 INT year and win the NFL MVP for the first time in his illustrious career.
Offensive Player of the Year: Jamaal Charles
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Last season, Jamaal Charles emerged as one of the premier running backs in the NFL. The Chiefs star exploded for 1467 yards on just 230 carries, while also being a major factor in the passing game. The 25 year old used his blistering speed to light up opposing defenses and was unstoppable in most games. This season, Charles will be the feature back and should get close to 300 carries. If he can perform at the level he did last year, the Texas alumni will be in for a huge season with close to 2,000 yards on the ground, while establishing himself as one of the most talented and explosive players in football.
Comeback Player of the Year: Dallas Clark
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In 2009, Dallas Clark established himself as one of the elite tight ends in the National Football League, as he exploded for 100 receptions, 1106 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2010, Clark was well on his way to another banner year before suffering a season ending injury. However, Clark is still one of the premier players in football at his position, and he should be back with a vengeance this season. With his terrific hands and dominating power, Clark will have another terrific year that goes for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. It also doesn't hurt that he has Peyton Manning throwing him the ball.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: AJ Green
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AJ Green dominated opposing cornerbacks last season as the top wide receiver at Georgia, and it led him to be selected 4th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. The 21 year old is already the top offensive weapon in Cincinnati, and he should emerge as one of the best receivers to hit the NFL since Randy Moss. The young superstar has great hands, superb leaping ability, and blistering speed, and he should be a tough task for any opposing corner to defend. Despite not having a great quarterback throwing him the ball, Green should explode for nearly 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Von Miller
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The Defensive Rookie of the Year should be a great award chase, with superstar talents Von Miller, Marcel Dareus, and Patrick Peterson all vying for the honor. Eventually, Miller will claim the award, as he has the ability to be an elite linebacker in the league. The No. 2 draft pick possesses terrific speed, superb tackling ability, and great pass defense skills. The Broncos rookie is full of unlimited potential, and he should show the football world that he is the next great defensive player in the league.
Defensive Player of the Year: DeMarcus Ware
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Since he was drafted with the 11th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, DeMarcus Ware has been the best linebacker in all of football. The Troy graduate has exploded for 80 sacks in just 6 seasons, including 20 alone in 2008. Ware is a 5 time Pro Bowler and 2 time NFL sack leader, and his amazing pass rush ability is well recognized. The Cowboys superstar is yet to claim a Defensive Player of the Year, but this will all change in 2011. The 29-year-old will explode into a level no one has reached this decade, as he could easily reach 25 sacks and make a bid for the season record in sacks. Ware will reach 100 sacks for his career this season, and will establish himself as one of the all-time defensive greats.
Coach of the Year: Jason Garrett
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Jason Garrett did a terrific job as interim head coach for the Cowboys last season, as he led them to a 5-3 record and back to respectability. With superstar quarterback Tony Romo, along with other key additions back in the lineup, the Cowboys could be in for a terrific season. Garrett has shown the ability to be an elite coach in the NFL, and he could lead Dallas to a postseason appearance and claim one of the elite awards in coaching.