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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: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:48 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

You make some good points but here's something to also consider.  I've watched the Packers all year because I live in Wisconsin (and no I'm not a Packers fan) but Green Bay's defense has been seriously deficient as far as stopping the run and pass all year.  They do create a lot of turnovers without a doubt but they gave up a ton of yards.  Flynn showed against Detroit (I'm a Lions fan) that he is a very capable passer but if I had my pick I'd still take Rodgers over Flynn.  Rodgers stats are for 15 games while Flynn's were for 1 complete game and some clean up time in other games.  Rodgers is more accurate and his 45 TD passes to 6 Interceptions is outstanding.  I think that Green Bay would not be the #1 seed in the NFC without him, plus he did beat Brees in a shootout earlier in the year.  I will say either Brees or Rodgers would be very deserving (maybe a tie reminiscent of Barry Sanders and Brett Favre would be the fair outcome).  I'd say Brady and Stafford would be darkhorses.  Both passed for over 5000 yds also.  I guarantee the Lions would not have made the playoffs without Stafford and that's why I mention him here also. He engineered some big comebacks over the course of the season.  I think this MVP race is a two horse race, Brees and Rodgers.  May it end up tied.



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 4:14 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

I guess I think of MVP as what it literally stands for - most valuable player. As in, who makes the most difference to their team. By that definition, Brady or Brees are the difference between a superbowl contender and a non-playoff team. Green bay has much better receivers and a defense that leads the league in takeaways (not even close) putting Rodgers in the red zone with first-rate targets. It has been shown they can not only win without him, but his backup was actually an improvement if that isn't ridiculous enough. As in EVER. How again do you consider Rodgers the most important player? No question the Packers are the best TEAM but I prefer to think of MVP as recognition of the guy who is most indespensable to his team.




Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:24 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

I find it funny that most sportwriters awarded Aaron Rodgers the MVP award by midseason, making the eventual winner almost a forgone conclusion.  Personally, I think Drew Brees deserves the award over Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.  But since the press decided Rodgers would win the award weeks ago (largely due I think to the Pack's then-undefeated status), I would be surprised if someone else wins it at this point.  I think Brady's also more deserving of the MVP award than Rodgers due to the Pats' lousy defense and poor running game.  Rodgers, though great, is probably 3rd most valuable in my mind.  Matt Flynn had a darn good game last week for GB.  Sure, he's no Aaron Rodgers, but then again, I suspect the Packers would have made the playoffs with Flynn as their QB.  I don't think anyone could make that argument for NO or NE without Brees/Brady in their team's lineup.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:22 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Why is it a no-brainer?  Brees had better stats and less of a supporting cast (see Matt Flynn game).  I would think its a no-brainer for Brees, but some folks vote on team record rather than statistics.  They always have and they always will, I have no problem with that, but Brees is better.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:03 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

I am not a fan boy of Arron, Drew, or Tom but if I had a vote I would have to give it to Drew Brees. I believe that he is the most valuable to his team. I do not think the Saints make the playoffs without him and we can argue that the Packers would of with Matt Flynn. Drew's numbers are better than Arron's in most categories, even if Arron hypothetically plays week seventeen against Detroit. If Arron wins the award the it will be the final thing he needs to escape Brett Favre's shadow so congratulations to him since he is the probable winner. Whoever wins the award will be deserving I just hope that whoever wins the award isn't taking any herpes medication.(Sorry Ryan, we still love you here in Wisconsin.)Embarassed




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:54 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Not a fan of any of the  mentioned quarterbacks but if I had a vote I would have to give it to Brees. I understand that the MVP will allow Aaron to be able to escape Brett Favre's shadow but I believe without Drew the Saints do not make the playoffs and we can argue that the Packers would of with Flynn that is my main argument for Brees being the most valuable to his team. His numbers are better than Arron's in most categories even with Arron hypothetically playing week seventeen against the Lions. Either way this goes down both players are deserving to win the award. I just hope whoever wins the award isn't taking herpes medication. lol (Sorry Ryan, We still love you in Wisconsin.)Laughing



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:13 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

"Brady doesn't have the weapons of either Brees or Rodgers"

Gronkowski, Hernandez, Welker...yeah those guys suck.



Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:11 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

Brady doesn't have the weapons of either Brees or Rodgers. I'd argue that New Orleans and Green Bay have comparable supporting casts, with New Orleans maybe even getting the nod for the stronger running game. On the flip side is all three defenses being relatively porous.  All three were pretty astounding 



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:03 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

No brainers for MVP?? I can see Rodgers getting the votes, 15-1 is great, but look at the weapons he has compared to Brady and Brees! Brady had to overcome a terrible defense and Brees, I think was just better than all of them. My vote would be for Brees, he is the MVP for the team and helped his team win more games! Rodgers is a great QB, but Brees to me deserves the MVP this year!



Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:47 pm
 

2012 NFL Postseason Awards

What about Johnathan Joseph for BFA? Not even one vote?


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