It's the middle of the season, which means it's time hand out the major awards.
Most Valuable Player: Matt Ryan -- Quarterback -- Atlanta Falcons
History tells us that the MVP goes to the best player on the best team in the league. Makes sense, and there's no argument against that logic. Well, with that logic, let's look at the best team in the league: the Falcons. Who's the best player on that team and the guy that makes everything go? Matt Ryan, their star quarterback.
His numbers aren't the best in the league, but he's up there in every category, and most importantly he's clutch and smart. He rarely makes bad decisions.
You can take away one player from the Falcons, whether it be Julio or Roddy or Abraham, and they'll survive. You can't take away Ryan, or they'll finish the season 2-5, if they're lucky. He's like Peyton Manning entering his prime.
Offensive Player of the Year: Arian Foster -- Running Back -- Houston Texans
There hasn't been that one guy that's having the over the top monster season, but Foster is having a good one, and with nothing special from the quarterbacks, he gets the award.
He's on pace for 1500 yards, but the most important part is he's on pace for 24 rushing touchdowns and 27 total touchdowns. Those are crazy numbers. He's helped the Texans offense out in a lot of games, most recently the Jets game. He's a consistent back who always gets the job done.
Defensive Player of the Year: JJ Watt -- Defensive End -- Houston Texans
What can I say about this wilderbeast? The man is not only winning the sack battle, but he's dominating the pass knockdown race, on top of having tons of tackles and pressures. He's a beast!!!
He's the best player on the Houston defense, and without him, they wouldn't be as good. He's so good this year, that many are calling him the MVP of the NFL, and I really had to think about it. He could be the MVP, he's that good.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III -- Quarterback -- Washington Redskins
RG3 is taking the nation by storm. The guy doesn't have a great supporting cast around him, but somehow he manages to get in the top 6 for a lot of the major star categories. He's accurate, but the part that impresses me the most is how he extends play. He has to be the most athletic player in the NFL right now.
His team isn't great, but he definitely is. It's looking like those 3 first round picks were worth it. If his receiving core could wake up, they would have a better record. RG3 and that offense has shown a lot of potential, as they've scored 28 or more points, 4 times this year.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Casey Heyward -- Cornerback -- Green Bay Packers
Heyward has 4 picks this year, and has slowed down a lot of the better in the league. He's only a rookie, but he's already becoming a guy to throw away from. To think that I bad talked him earlier this year. Big mistake on my part.
He's also on a team that has a great secondary, which makes things more impressive. He has to face tough competition just to get on the field. He's a great player, and he's becoming a ballhawk. Throw away from him!
Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning -- Quarterback -- Denver Broncos
Do I really need to explain this one? He was arguably the best player in the league when he was injured, and now he's back and performing like his Colts days. He's arguably the best QB in football right now. To say that he had neck surgery one year ago makes the accomplishments he's achieving this year that much more impressive. He's a fantastic player that is making every player around him better. There is no question to who the comeback player of the year is.
Coach of the Year: Joe Philbin -- Miami Dolphins
Mike Smith could be the other guy to go with, but I chose Philbin because he came into a tougher situation. He took over the Dolphins team, who had started last season 0-7, and finished 6-10. They were just introducing a raw rookie quarterback, he had the Ocho show on the team causing problems. He had more problems that pretty much every coach in the league. No problem for him though...
He takes that team and now they are legit contenders for the playoffs. That offense is balanced and playing beautifully, but the defense... WOW! They not only shut down Arian Foster, but they've shut down almost every running back they've gone against, and their pass defense is good too. They are becoming a top 7 defense.
This whole team is better this year under his leadership and it's not a fluke.
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