Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My NFL Postseason Awards

Hard to disagree with a lot of these choices, so I'll try to keep it short if I agree.

MVP: Peyton Manning, Colts: I'm not disagreeing with this choice; as a Jets fan I saw first-hand what the Colts turn into without Manning. The Saints at least have an experienced backup (ex-Pro Bowler Mark Brunell) behind Drew Brees and as much as I love Philip Rivers, his time will come. Chris Johnson could've made a case if the Titans made the playoffs...

Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Johnson, Titans: Speaking of Johnson, this was an easy choice. An NFL record for yards from scrimmage (2,509) and a 2,000-yard season on the ground will make it that easy. No one else really made a strong case for this one.

Defensive Player of the Year: Darrelle Revis, Jets: Before you jump all over me for being a homer, look at these stats between Revis and Charles Woodson against the NFL's best receivers:

Andre Johnson - 4 catches, 35 yards (7 targets)
Randy Moss (twice) - 9 catches, 58 yards, TD (19 targets)
Marques Colston - 2 catches, 33 yards (6 targets)
Terrell Owens (twice) - 6 catches, 44 yards (17 targets)
Mike Sims-Walker - 3 catches, 49 yards, TD (7 targets)
Steve Smith (CAR) - 1 catch, 5 yards (6 targets)
Roddy White - 4 catches, 33 yards (10 targets)
Reggie Wayne - 3 catches, 33 yards (7 targets)
Chad Ochocinco (twice) - 2 catches, 28 yards (10 targets)

Chad Ochocinco - 4 catches, 91 yards, TD (7 targets)
Sidney Rice (not counting Week 4, when Rice wasn't Minnesota's top option) - 4 catches, 40 yards (5 targets)
Miles Austin - 4 catches, 20 yards (9 targets)
Calvin Johnson - 2 catches, 10 yards (12 targets)
T.J. Houshmandzadeh - 4 catches, 51 yards (8 targets)

Revis faced twice as many top-tier receivers and only one (Johnson) caught more than half of the passes thrown his way. The lone common opponent, Chad Ochocinco, was dominated by Revis in two consecutive weeks with everything on the line while Woodson allow him to top 90 yards. Revis didn't allow more than 50 yards in a game to an opposing receiver all season. Woodson's stats (9 interceptions, 3 touchdowns) may be prettier than Revis' (6 interceptions, 1 touchdown), but he did it against lesser competition and in a less dominant fashion. This award should belong to the league's best corner.

Comeback Player of the Year: Tom Brady, Patriots: Another choice that is difficult to disagree with. Brady's return from a season-ending injury in the first week last season didn't lead to his second 30-touchdown season (yes, he only has one), but he did have an excellent season. Cadillac Williams, who finished just five votes behind Brady, probably would've won the award if he reached 1,000 yards (821 yards on 210 carries) after all the injuries he's battled in his career.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Percy Harvin, Vikings: As if Harvin's impact in the receiving game wasn't enough (790 yards and 6 touchdowns), he also added two scores on special teams. Hollywood inspiration Michael Oher finished second with 35 fewer votes than Harvin, which isn't surprising considering right tackles can't accumulate over 2,000 all-purpose yards. Oher did deserve more than 6 votes for his work this season, but where was Hakeem Nicks? Even Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace got a vote, and Nicks had more receiving yards than both and more receptions than Wallace.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Brian Cushing, Texans: Guess I agree with all of these choices except Woodson...134 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles make this an easy choice though. Jairus Byrd's 9 interceptions were impressive, as were double-digit-sack seasons from Brian Orakpo and Clay Matthews, but Cushing's consistent improvement throughout the season and solid all-around play won him the award.


  1. Good work, Chris. My boy Orakpo had 11 sacks, though. Take care, man.

  2. Should've probably said "double-digit" or "10-plus." I knew he had 11, Matthews had more than exactly 10 too.