By MyFM’s Jake Archer – On Saturday night, the NFL will end it’s lead up to the Super Bowl with the awards show they now call “The NFL Honors.” All of the yearly awards will be given out and as always, it’ll be fascinating to see which players take home the hardware. I thought I’d give my picks for each award and state a brief case on why they should be the winners. Here goes…
NFL MVP: Tom Brady
Honestly, Tom Brady should probably win this award every single year but like other athletes who are just great all of the time (LeBron James), they get snubbed because people want to pick someone new. If Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had stayed healthy, he would 100% be winning because the voters would have looked past Brady as they always do.
But Wentz got hurt, so the only real competition for Brady in mind is Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley. Sure, there will be votes for Antonio Brown, Case Keenum, Drew Brees and maybe even Gronk, but Gurley is the only one I could see actually getting the support it might take to steal the award. It’ll be a joke if he does, because Brady has once again been the league’s best, but we know the Pats quarterback will only be focused on the accomplishments that can come on Sunday.
Coach of the Year: Sean McVay (Rams)
I’m going to give this to Sean McVay but it is an extremely close call. Doug Marrone and Sean McDermott are both also very deserving. All of these coaches took their teams to the playoffs, and two were in their first year. They had young, inexperienced groups that needed to be guided and they all did the job. The reason I am going to take McVay though is because he turned his franchise quarterback, Jared Goff, into just that. They are going to be very good moving forward.
Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Gurley (Rams RB)
I stiffed Gurley on the MVP award so I’ve gotta go with him as the best offensive player this year. He earned it.
Defensive Player of the Year: Calais Campbell (Jaguars DL)
I’m giving Campbell the nod over guys like Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and Cameron Jordan because I honestly believe Campbell not only played well, but also raised the play of all of his teammates with his leadership. It’s something to go to an organization like the Jaguars and declare that the mentality is going to be different, but it’s a whole other thing to actually accomplish that.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Alvin Kamara (Saints RB)
The field for this award was LOADED. We have guys like Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Cooper Kupp and Deshaun Watson. The one thing I’ll lean on here is that I think Kamara is the guy I’d least like to see on the field for the opposing team. He’s an absolutely unguardable, dynamic player and he’s gotta be the winner here.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore (Saints CB)
This was the easiest award to pick a winner for. Marshon Lattimore runs away with it and solidifies the New Orleans Saints draft class as one of the best they’ve ever had.
Comeback Player of the Year: Keenan Allen (Chargers WR)
This is a tough award to give out because you have to weigh guys that are coming back from an injury or just a terrible season. The field has a lot of great candidates such as Gronk, Todd Gurley and Case Keenum. I’ve got to take my homer hat off though and snub Gronk because Keenan Allen is more deserving. He just had a better season coming off injury in my mind.