Late Season Awards
MVP: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson
Runner-ups: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Texans QB Deshaun Watson, Panthers RB Christian
McCaffery, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook
Lamar Jackson has transformed the Ravens Organization with his tremendous play and great
energy. He’s on pace to beat Mike Vick’s single season rushing record for quarterbacks by a
country mile. Jackson will be a force in this league for a long time as long as the Ravens keep investing their resources in him. There is still time in the season for QB’s Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson to step up and surpass Jackson, but at the rate Jackson is going, that will be unlikely.
Offensive Player of the Year: Saints WR Michael Thomas
Runner-ups: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, Panthers RB Christian McCaffery, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook
This award could easily go to Jackson again but for the sake of parody I decided to go with a wild-card. Thomas is a phenomenal talent who has broken out from just a Drew Brees product in some eyes to a true elite receiver. He was big in helping Teddy Bridgewater during his spell of games, and is a matchup nightmare for opposing teams every week. Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffery have been the most consistent running backs in football this season and are in the mix for the award themselves, but with McCaffery on a struggling team and Cook’s buzz fizzling out, Thomas looks like he’s with Jackson as the front runners for this award.
Defensive Player of the Year: Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore
Runner-ups: 49ers DE Nick Bosa, Chargers DE Joey Bosa, Rams IL Aaron Donald, Steelers EDGE TJ Watt, Steelers S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cardinals EDGE Chandler Jones There are a lot of contenders for DPOY, and nothing is locked in yet, but as of now I’m giving it to the best Cornerback in football, Stephon Gilmore. QB’s have a 39.5 passer rating throwing towards him, hehas allowed zero touchdowns his way, and has four interceptions on the season. He along with players like Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy are a big part in shaping the number 1 ranked Pats Defense.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray
Runner-ups: Raiders RB Josh Jacobs, Ravens WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Seahawks WR DK
Metcalf, Redskins WR Terry Mclaurin This award is a two-man race at this point between QB Kyler Murray and RB Josh Jacobs. Jacobs has been one of the biggest reasons for the Raiders surprise season and has a running style that punishes defenses. I will give the edge to Kyler Murray for now however because of how drastic of a change he has made to the Cardinals offense and future prospects. He has the mobility for the modern game but also has shown his ability to make throws in tight windows with both touch and velocity. For that I will give it to Murray, but Jacobs is right there with him. Shout-out to the receivers of the rookie class as well as Brown, Metcalf, and Mclaurin have steeped up for their teams this season.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: 49ers DE Nick Bosa
Runner-ups: Steelers LB Devin Bush, Jaguars DE Josh Allen, Panthers EDGE Brian Burns
If Nick Bosa is in consideration for the Defensive Player of the Year outright, then it’s not a question that he at the very least will win the rookie title. He is in the forefront of the Niners pass rush that has put fear into opposing quarterbacks. Bosa will continue terrorizing Quarterbacks with a 10-1 record and a chance at a Lombardi Trophy in February.
Coach of the Year: Ravens HC John Harbaugh
Runner-ups: 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan, Colts HC Frank Reich, Saints HC Sean Payton, Bills HC Sean McDermott, Raiders HC John Gruden John Harbaugh has always been a fine coach, but was questioned if his time was winding down in Baltimore as Joe Flacco was way beyond the years of Super Bowl Glory. When drafting Lamar Jackson late in the first round, Harbaugh made a conscious effort to play to Jacksons strengths rather then molding him to something that he’s not. The result is a 9-2 record and a cheat code as the quarterback.
Harbaugh has shown his ability to adapt and deserves a Coach of the Year award for that. Kyle Shanahan has been great for the niners as well as he has built a Championship contender as well, but Harbaugh has led the most dominant team in Football.