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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: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:35 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

idontno9,  you do indeed make some very good points.  Drew Brees did break the all time record for most passing yards in one season.  However, to say he should win the MVP "Handsdown" shows you may want to do a little more research.  AROD played in only 14 1/2 games this season counting time he was off the field because of late season leads.  That's a full game and a half less then Brees.  AROD actually broke more single season records then did Brees, ie; most games with a passer rating over 120, first QB in NFL history to throw 4 TD passes while rushing for two more in a single game, other records broken as well as numerous Packer franchise single season records.  I don't know for certain, but I am sure AROD through to many more different receivers than did Brees.  Had AROD played all 16 games like Brees did, AROD would have also broken the 5,000 yard season quite easily.  TD's are almost identicle, but AROD had only 6 int's to Drew's 14, AROD finished season with a 122+ passer rating to Drew's 110.6  Listen, you can definetly make an argument for Brees, I can't deney that, but there is no way you can say Brees should win "HANDS DOWN."


Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:17 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

... you can say that just because Brees broke the yards record he is better, he had +150 MORE THROWS than Rodgers, that's why he has the record.  Rodgers yards per pass are actually better, he just didn't have the attempts Brees had.  Not to mention Brees played practically all season in a dome.

Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:12 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Matt Flynn is actually a pretty darn good QB, I think he can put up good numbers as the Saints or Pats QB too.  It is not Rodgers fault that the backup QB for other teams suck!  He is best player in the league, period. 

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:48 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

I am a Saints Fan, But I must agree with you Aldon Smith to me is a player who deserves Rookie of The Year.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:45 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

DREW BREES FOR "MVP".  Rodgers had a good year but one question, How many records did he break ?  If he did break any records he still will fall short of BREES record breaking seasons.  Sorry GB fans but the numbers speaks for it self. Brees broke Marino total yards that stood for 27 years. Brees pergormance this year made other members of the Saints better. Jimmy Graham tight end receiving record for tight ends, Kicker Morstead touch back record, because of how often the Saints scored. Darren Sproles record breaking all purpose yardage. Brees record breaking percentage completion record. Brees completion records was disbursted to every offensive player in position to receive a pass, not a distribution to mainly TWO or Three players on the team, like Rodgers. Is it Rodgers or is it his receivers, Flynn performance against Detriot does create an argument for Rodgers success. As far as Rodger called the plays for Flynn is a weak argument because FLYNN still had to throw the ball, calling plays is one thing completing the pass is a total different argument. I just mention NFL records Brees broke, he also broke of Saints team records and help many of Saints Player break team records.  Brees MVP MVP MVP, hands down.   THE   "RECORDS"  SPEAKS FOR ITSELVES, SORRY THE "BROKEN" RECORDS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:21 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Here's what I find hilarious: Flyn goes off for one game, and people want to start knocking Rogers for being a "system quarterback." But Matt Cassel did it FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON, but Tom Brady is still God? Tom Brady is the ultimate system QB, he missed a whole season, AN ENTIRE SEASON, and his team won 11 games! MVP stands for "Most VAULUABLE Player". There's no way Brady deserves MVP talk, he's a replacable cog in Bill's machine, and therefore not that valuable.

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:25 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Please, Stop using one game by Flynn as an argument against Rodgers.
One game by Flynn who himself will tell you Rodgers coached him up for the game, Called the plays for him, and was giving him pre snap read help throughout.
Rodgers was why Flynn broke the records, and if you don't beleive me look up the story on

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:08 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

I'm not arguing that Brees doesn't deserve to be MVP (frankly, I view it as a complete toss-up between he and Rodgers), but I wouldn't say Brees' supporting cast is inferior to Rodgers's.  Colston, Meachem, Moore, Henderson, Graham and Sproles?  That's a pretty nice array of targets.  

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:36 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

To me, MVP means the player most valuable to his or her team, not the best player in the league. With that being said, when Aaron Rogers sat out the last week, Matt Flynn was able to step in... throw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns... setting two Packer records. This lets me know that these guys could have been an 11 or 12 win team (without) Rogers, not making him the most vaulable player to his team. This whole team is borederline "stacked". He's had a great season, sure, but when we talk about value, Brees is the leader, backbone, and motivation of his entire team (in my opinion). He had some rocky moments with this mass amount of pics he threw, but his is obviously the most valuable player in N.O., and the rest of the league for that matter. Hell, over the last 10 games, I would say Tebow has been more valuable to Denver than Rogers to Green Bay. Denver was at a total stalemate before Tebow stepped up... and Orton just wasen't that bad when compared to Tim. The Packers though, have an outstanding supporting cast... which is what Brees makes up for (in my book) in winning this award. These guys are fairly young, with a whole city on their back. He balances this out with ease it seems. Die hard Raider fan here. Die hard... but this is Brees' year. Much respect to Rogers, but Brees should receive his due.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:03 pm

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

This is regarding Defensive Rookie of the Year...This comment is a fair statement and should only be looked at that way. But I personally thinkalthough Von Miller is no doubt a qualified candidate for DROY this Award seems to be based on Sacks/Tackles V. Miller had 50 tackles/3 forced fumbles/11.5 sacks where as Aldon Smith had 31 tackles/2 F.F./14 sacks.. Now here's the kicker why I feel this Prestigious Award should go to A. Smith and it's simply because he outsacked Miller while only going in for 3rd down plays. Now when you factor that in to where Von Miller had much more downs to work with this is and should be a no brainer.

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