Withe the regular season in the books and only one game left to play, I figured this would be a good time to discuss the major awards for the 2012 season and who should win them, as well as who will. I’m a defense guy, so I think I’ll kick off this series with the defensive player of the year. First, the candidates.
Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco 49ers
After a stellar season that still has one game left to make an impact, Smith has to be as likely to win this award as any previous suitor. He’s had the biggest impact on that side of the ball for a team playing in the Super Bowl. Any other season, a guy that finishes the regular season with 19.5 sacks, 49 tackles, and interception and 3 forced fumbles would be a slam dunk to win this award.
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
While most pundits expected a sophomore slump for Watt, he actually improved over his already terrific rookie season. To do what Watt did from his position in a 3-4 defense was truly remarkable. With 20.5 sacks, 69 ...