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2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:23 am
Edited on: January 4, 2012 1:47 pm
 
Brees and Rodgers could square off three times this year, if you count awards. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

We won't bore you by listing our preseason predictions (you can read those here), but suffice to say, all of mine were correct. Take a peak at the midseason hardware if you want too, but right now we're interested in dishing out the awards for the full season.


Speaking of which, I've already ranted on Drew Brees vs. Aaron Rodgers for the MVP, but I find it fascinating that at midseason, no one even picked Brees for Offensive Player of the Year, much less MVP. I'm not here to knock Brees, I'm just saying the award's for an entire season's worth of work.

Anyway, below are our full season picks. (You can also read Pete's full season picks here and Clark's full season picks here.)

Most are obvious but "BFA" is "Best Free Agent Addition," "WFA" is "Worst Free Agent Addition," and "DOH!" is "Pick I'd Like to Have Back." (Haha, yes I did pick the guy who eventually iced his own kicker to win "Coach of the Year." At least I was driving the Camwagon though.)

Dive in below and leave your gripes and complaints in the comments.

Award Brinson
Wilson
Katzowitz
Prisco
Judge
MVP
Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers
OPOY
Drew Brees Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Drew Brees Drew Brees
DPOY
Jared Allen Terrell Suggs Jared Allen Jason Pierre-Paul Jared Allen
OROY
Cam Newton Cam Newton Cam Newton Cam Newton Cam Newton
DROY
Von Miller Aldon Smith Aldon Smith Von Miller Von Miller
COY
Marvin Lewis Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh
ASST
Rob Chudzinski Rob Chudzinski Wade Phillips Wade Phillips Wade Phillips
BFA
Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Sproles
WFA
Sidney Rice Braylon Edwards Santonio Holmes Ray Edwards Ray Edwards
Comeback
Steve Smith D'Qwell Jackson Aaron Maybin Matthew Stafford Matthew Stafford
Most Improved
Matthew Stafford Antonio Brown Victor Cruz Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski
Surprise
Bengals Broncos Broncos Bengals 49ers
Disappoint
Eagles Jets Eagles Eagles Eagles
Executive
Rick Smith Rick Smith Rick Smith Martin Mayhew Mike Brown
DOH!
Garrett for COY Rivers for MVP Rivers for MVP Fins in/Lions out Rams in NFCW

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Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:44 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

If the MVP is suppose to go to the player that means more wins for his team than lets retroactively award the MVP to PAYTON MANNING for the last ten years!  We all know how much he means to the Colts!



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:50 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Polish Mafia, I agree with everything you said except for the fact that the Saints did have something to play for against the Panthers last week. San Francisco was tied with the Saints at 12-3 and the #2 seed was on the line. The Saints and 49ers both played at 12:00pm and the 49er game was not decided until late in the 4th quarter. Drew Brees exited the game once the 49ers put the game away. Other than that I agree with your analysis.



Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:54 am
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Aldon Smith is definitely Defensive Rookie Of the Year...come on now 14 sacks and he wasn't even the starter, this guy is a pass rushing beast and he still has a lot of room to grow and improve. Von Miller is a beast as well, but Aldon Smith proved day in and day out 16 NFL games, he is most deserving of the reward, in addition to not getting to the pro bowl or even an alternate of the pro bowl....he should at least get this reward.  I understand he wasn't a starter and that's why no pro bowl, but there are a lot of great linebackers in the NFC so that's probably why he didn't get the pro bowl nod.



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:33 am
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Do the Ravens make the playoffs without Ray Rice...maybe, I actually think they have a pretty good shot. They still have a bunch of superstars on the team.

However if you take Brees off of the Saints, Brady off the Pats or even Dalton off the Bengals for that matter, do they have a chance at making the playoffs?? NO WAY

You could play that game with almost every team in the playoffs



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:08 am
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Now I may seem like a homer here but to suggest Rodgers isn't MVP because we have a backup quarterback that can run the offense is laughable.  Think about it, now this is only for those that argue that Brees should get it for this reason.  What you are saying is....Flynn is too good so Rodgers can't be MVP?  I like both Brees and Rodgers (Rodgers more of course), and think they are both deserving.  Just don't tell me Rodgers should not get it for that reason.  Tell me Brees or Brady played better, put up better numbers, whatever but for this season Rodgers outperformed the competition.  If he and McCarthy wanted to run up stats think about if Flynn's stats were put up by Rodgers that last game (no reason they couldn't have been), Rodgers would be sharing another record.  One can argue that Rodgers sat out the last game thereby keeping the record rating safe, BUT one could also argue that Brees played unneccessarily the last game for almost no other reason than to put up stats to get MVP.  I prefer to think of Rodgers sitting out as the logical decision.  There was nothing tangible to gain!  The goal is the Ring and everything else is secondary.  I believe the Saints as a team had nothing to gain as far as playoff seeding so for the starters to play any longer than maybe the first half was risky at best.  For what it's worth that is my take. 



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:04 am
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Rogers beat brees this season.  Rogers layed one egg this season, brees layed two.  MVP is for the whole seasone not one half.



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:27 am
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

 if only because their backups are weaker than Flynn.  If you limit yourself to QBs, as you guys seem to, I'd opt for Brees, because in addition to his weak backup, his receiving corps is spottier than either the Packers' or Patriots'.

Who says there back ups are weaker than Flynn, You, because of one game.  LOL 


Brees has many options at reciever, Jimmy Graham, Colston, Sproles, Devery Hendersen, Lance Moore and Robert Meacham, come on now, that is one of the better groups in the entire NFL. 

All those guys have atleast 500 yds recieving and you have a RB with over 700.


The Patriots have 2 guys over 1,000 yds like the saints in Welker and Gronk but they only have 2 other guys with over 500, and there 5th best as far as recieving yards is OCHO cinco with less than 300. The patriots best recieving RB is Maroney with 169,


The Saints WR core is one of if not the best in the NFL.



Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:51 am
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Where's the love for David Akers?? He single handedly kicked San Fran into the playoffs...



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:32 am
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Bruinboy said:

"Brees consistant?  He has been good, but last year he threw 22 INTERCEPTIONS and led the league for most of the season.  Not to mention he was terrible in the playoffs, unlike Rodgers whose playoff exit two years ago was a 45 point effort in Arizona."



Response:

In last year's playoff loss to Seattle, Brees threw for 402 yards on 65% completion percentage, 2 TD, 0 int, and a 95.6 QBR. Needless to say, your calling that performance "terrible" brings your credibility into question.



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:27 am
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Why Rodgers for MVP, unanimously, no less?  If you measure MVP as the guy whose absence subtracts the most victories for his team, both Brees and Brady are more valuable, if only because their backups are weaker than Flynn.  If you limit yourself to QBs, as you guys seem to, I'd opt for Brees, because in addition to his weak backup, his receiving corps is spottier than either the Packers' or Patriots'.

But why limit yourself to QBs?  My nominee for MVP is Ray Rice.  Do the Ravens even make the playoffs without him?  He's most of their offense, rushing and receiving.  Who makes up the difference?  Flacco?  Ricky Williams?  Boldin? And after them there's, well, give me a minute..........


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