Now that the 2017 NFL season is over there are some awards to hand out. This year is particularly difficult to choose an MVP. Carson Wentz was practically running away with the award. He was dominating defense and leading the leagues top team. Then he blew out his knee against the Rams and that opened the race up. Tom Brady defied odds and had one of his best seasons at the age of 40. Todd Gurley was Mr. Everything and helped the Rams turn from a laughing stock of the league to one of the leagues best teams. Antonio Brown had another record setting season for the Steelers until he injured his calf against the Patriots. Offensive Player of the Year features all of the MVP candidates from above, along with a few others. Defensive Player of the Year is another difficult choice. Aaron Donald held out all summer but still put up monster numbers. Chandler Jones and Calais Campbell had huge sack numbers. Offensive Rookie of the Year comes down to two top running backs, the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt and the Saints’ Alvin Kamara. Deshaun Watson looked as if he was the leading candidate despite his limited appearances but a season-ending knee injury took him out of the running. Defensive Rookie of the Year is a runaway. Marshon Lattimore of the Saints deserves to be a unanimous winner due to his play and turning the Saints’ defense into one of the best in the league. Coach of the Year could be won by any from this list: Sean McVay, Doug Pederson, Mike Zimmer, Doug Marrone, Sean McDermott, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton, or a candidate every year, Bill Belichick.
Here are my picks:
MVP: Patriots QB Tom Brady
Brady just edges out Todd Gurley for me. Brady plays the most important position and helped his team to the top seed in the AFC. He led the league in passing (4577 yards) and was third in TD passes with 32. Gurley had a monster season but just falls short in my eyes.
Honorable Mention: Rams RB Todd Gurley, Eagles QB Carson Wentz, Steelers WR Antonio Brown
OPOY: Rams RB Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley deserves some love this year. After last year’s disappointing year, he turned eyes running the ball, receiving the ball, and making plays. Sean McVay led a turnaround that was one for the record books and Gurley was a main reason why.
Honorable Mention: Patriots QB Tom Brady, Eagles QB Carson Wentz, Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell
DPOY: Rams DT Aaron Donald
Aaron Donald clearly showcased that he is the most dominant defensive player in the league. Donald held out all summer, missed the start of the season, and still led the Rams to a dominating season.
Honorable Mention: Saints CB Marshon Lattimore, Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones, Jaguars DE Calais Campbell, Saints DE Cameron Jordan
OROY: Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt and Saints RB Alvin Kamara
This was easily the toughest category. I couldn’t pick just one so I had to pick both of these two. Hunt led the league in rushing and started making a mark from the start of the season. Kamara began to make his mark after Adrian Peterson to Arizona. Both of these two deserve the award equally so why not share it together?
Honorable Mention: Texans QB Deshaun Watson, Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster, Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, Rams WR Cooper Kupp
DROY: Saints CB Marshon Lattimore
Marshon Lattimore arguably was one of the most valuable rookies in the league this year. His stellar play helped the Saints turn their defense from a bottom tier defense to one of the leagues best. His ability to shut down teams’ top targets helped him rise up to one of the leagues top corners.
Honorable Mention: Bills CB Tre’Davious White, Steelers OLB TJ Watt, Cleveland DE Myles Garrett, Jets S Jamal Adams
Coach of the Year: Rams Sean McVay
The LA Rams were one of the leagues worst teams last year as they struggled to score points and many thought that their 2016 top pick, Jared Goff, was a bust in the making. McVay’s innovative offense led the Rams to one of leagues best. NFC West Champions, #3 seed, and one of the NFC’s most complete teams.
Honorable Mention: Eagles Doug Pederson, Vikings Mike Zimmer, Jaguars Doug Marrone, Bills Sean McDermott, Steelers Mike Tomlin, Saints Sean Payton, and Patriots Bill Belichick.