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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
Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers
Drew Brees Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers Drew Brees Drew Brees
Jared Allen Terrell Suggs Jared Allen Jason Pierre-Paul Jared Allen
Cam Newton Cam Newton Cam Newton Cam Newton Cam Newton
Von Miller Aldon Smith Aldon Smith Von Miller Von Miller
Marvin Lewis Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh Jim Harbaugh
Rob Chudzinski Rob Chudzinski Wade Phillips Wade Phillips Wade Phillips
Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Sproles
Sidney Rice Braylon Edwards Santonio Holmes Ray Edwards Ray Edwards
Steve Smith D'Qwell Jackson Aaron Maybin Matthew Stafford Matthew Stafford
Most Improved
Matthew Stafford Antonio Brown Victor Cruz Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski
Bengals Broncos Broncos Bengals 49ers
Eagles Jets Eagles Eagles Eagles
Rick Smith Rick Smith Rick Smith Martin Mayhew Mike Brown
Garrett for COY Rivers for MVP Rivers for MVP Fins in/Lions out Rams in NFCW

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Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:16 am

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Green Bay went 15-1..It wasnt the awesome running game or unstoppable defense. Brees threw the ball over 150 times MORE..O-line is MUCH better in New Orleans. Packers has been patched together all year long..Brees 46 Tds to 14 picks...Rodgers 45 and 6 picks..Brees 8.3 yrds per catch. Rodgers 9.2....By the record, stats or preformance, Rodgers wins this years MVP.

Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:59 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

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.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:29 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Lets see... what QB broke the single season Record for most passing yard AND isn't easily replaced by a backup... answer is DREW BREES (as Flynn prove he could replace Rogers).  Drew Brees got ripped off as MVP when they gave it to Peyton Manning. (2009).  You may remember that year, the one he won this little thing called the Super Bowl, started 13-0.  And were the number one scoring offense, number one overall offense in the league.

And guess what folks, he did it again (not the going undefeated thing), but all the other stuff.  Drew Brees has never been given the MVP and he has been the most consistant outstanding QB over the last 3 years.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:26 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Glad to see that there are non pats fans that will addmitt that Brady is a great and respect him

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:31 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards


Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:29 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

 Rodgers had a good year but one question, How many records did he break ?
Uh . . . Highest quarterback rating ever!

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:38 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

I'd go with Aaron Rodgers for MVP this season. As for the comments about Brady, I couldn't disagree more. The season Brady was injured, the Pats had one of their easier schedules AND they went 1-5 against playoff teams under Cassel. The previous season, Brady led the team to 16 reg. season wins and was undefeated against playoff teams, setting NFL records along the way. The idea that Brady is just an interchangeable part who can be easily replaced in a 'System" is flat out untrue. By the way, before Brady became the starting QB for the Pats, they had gone 5-13 in the previous 18 games under Belichick. Under Brady, they won the Super Bowl that year and have continued to be a major force in the NFL for the last decade. I'm not even a Patriots fan and it's obvious to me that Tom Brady is one of the greatest QBs of all time.

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:23 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

You got to give MVP to Rodgers. He had evrything locked up in week 15. If your gonna count week 17 performances than the lack of any meaning for the Packers trumps all. Brees deserves the OPOY for breaking records and all. Defensive MVP? There dosn't really seem to be any one guy that stands out above all others. that's why'd I would go out on a limb and give it to London Fletcher. He leads his teams in tackels and has been one of the best and most underrated defensive players year after year. Suggs is the most deserving on their list. Sacks can be one of the most misleading stats to use, but I guess that's why they call it DPOY instead of MVP. 

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:08 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

The years had by Brees and Rodgers are two of the greatest in the history of the NFL. Iny virtually every other season that has ever been played, the loser of this year's MVP would be the unanimous MVP. For that reason, I think it is fair and appropriate to award both MVP a la Steve McNair and Peyton Manning. There have been plenty of years where it was a tough decision, but never where the two players had such phenomenal and historical seasons. 

That being said, if one had to choose one over the other, I would go with Brees based on the eye test. Rodgers is unbelievable no doubt. But he is still not at Brees' level in terms of being a complete QB -- e.g leadership, intellectual grasp of the game. He will get there I'm sure. But Brees is peaking right now at all levels of his game. Rodgers is soaring on his God-given talents.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:06 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Clearly AROD is the NFL MVP. Did Brees have a great year, heck yeah the guy was unbelievable, he would be MVP in any other year besides this year or 2007 when Brady had the year AROD had this year. Well, almost as good as AROD had this year, because AROD had the best QB rating in the history of keeping this statistic which measures a QB's overall performance, not just how many yards the QB passed for, which appears to be what the BREES for MVP people are hanging their hat on. To say Flynn's performance against a team who already made the playoffs and clearly did not want to sell out on defense to avoid injury going into the playoffs actually diminshes what Rodgers did the ENTIRE year is, well, retarded. The Lions did not want to get injured before the most important game of their lives and word is they wanted to play the Saints in a dome rather than the GIants in N.J. on a January day where they may not be able to take advantage of their high powered offense. AROD was coming off a Super Bowl MVP year and every team he played had him and the Packers circled as their game of the year and he still beat every team except one including the Saints. The Packers went 15-1 and AROD threw 6 int's the ENTIRE year. AROD is the clear and undisputed leader of this 15-1 team. His receivers and tight end are about the same level as the Saints and the Saints lost 3 games, not 1. Brees threw for 14 ints, not 6 and Brees QB rating was 110, not the 120 that AROD had. Yes, Brees is a top three QB in the league, but, this years MVP is clearly AROD.  

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