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The NFL postseason awards calendar

When it comes to postseason awards, the NFL hands out only three — the Super Bowl MVP, the Pro Bowl MVP, and the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

The bulk of the postseason prizes come from the Associated Press, which uses a 50-person voting precinct to determine seven different honors and the All-Pro team.

With the help of NBC P.R. guru Adam Freifeld, we’ve tracked down the tentative schedule for the unveiling of the awards.

January 6 (morning):  defensive rookie of the year.

January 6 (afternoon):  offensive rookie of the year.

January 7 (morning):  comeback player of the year.

January 10:  MVP.

January 13 (morning):  defensive player of the year.

January 14 (morning):  offensive player of the year.

January 15 (morning):  All-Pro team.

January 17:  coach of the year.

We’ll be sharing the winners with you as soon as they’re announced.  And we’ll offer up criticism and analysis and reaction as justified — especially if any of the voters do something really dumb like vote for a player who went on IR after only seven games.

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  1. Mountaindont says: Jan 4, 2010 9:06 PM

    Clay Mathews for Defensive Rookie of the year and Charles Woodson for defensive player of the year

  2. WilsonFisk says: Jan 4, 2010 9:08 PM

    Bill Sheridan for coach of the year.

  3. Ravensfankiller says: Jan 4, 2010 9:10 PM

    Def ROY = Brian Cushing
    Off ROY = Michael Oher
    Comeback = Vince Young
    MVP = Peyton
    Def POY = My man REVIS
    Off POY = Chris Johnson
    Coach of Year = Mike McCarthy

  4. xebulba says: Jan 4, 2010 9:10 PM

    January 6 (morning): defensive rookie of the year. Brian Cushings
    January 6 (afternoon): offensive rookie of the year. Percy Harvin
    January 7 (morning): comeback player of the year.
    Tom Brady
    January 10: MVP. Manning
    January 13 (morning): defensive player of the year. Revis
    January 14 (morning): offensive player of the year. Chris Johnson
    January 15 (morning): All-Pro team.
    January 17: coach of the year. Caldwell

  5. Majik doesn't know says: Jan 4, 2010 9:29 PM

    Mountaindont says:
    January 4, 2010 9:06 PM
    Clay Mathews for Defensive Rookie of the year and Charles Woodson for defensive player of the year
    Agreed.

  6. CanadianVikingFan says: Jan 4, 2010 9:31 PM

    Defensive ROY: Clay Matthews
    Offensive ROY: Percy Harvin
    Comeback POY: Vince Young
    MVP: Manning/Favre/Brees – I can’t decide, each are valuable
    Defensive POY: Charles Woodson
    Offensive POY: Chris Johnson
    Coach of the year: Marvin Lewis

  7. Treima says: Jan 4, 2010 9:35 PM

    DROY: Brian Cushing
    OROY: Percy Harvin
    CPOY: Vince Young
    MVP: Chris Johnson
    DPOY: Charles Woodson
    OPOY: Peyton Manning
    COY: Norv Turner

  8. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Jan 4, 2010 9:39 PM

    Offensive ROY: Mike Wallace

  9. heysharpshooter says: Jan 4, 2010 9:43 PM

    DROTY: Brian Cushing
    OROTY: Percy Harvin
    Comeback: Tom Brady
    MVP: Peyton Manning
    DPOTY: Charles Woodson
    OPOTY: Philip Rivers(Chris Johnson is deserving, but Rivers team actually won games)
    All Pro Team: I expect will look a lot like the Pro Bol should have looked.
    Coach of the Year: Jim Caldwell

  10. daffy87 says: Jan 4, 2010 9:43 PM

    Percy Harvin should easily win offensive rookie of the year. And Brian Cushing should win defensive rookie of the year in a landslide.

  11. andfitch82 says: Jan 4, 2010 9:55 PM

    Normally I wouldn’t do this type of thing, but with everyone else doing it and not mentioning Cedric Benson…my hand was moved.
    January 6 (morning): defensive rookie of the year: Cushings – Easily.
    January 6 (afternoon): offensive rookie of the year: Someone above me said Oher several times, just because you say it that many times doesn’t mean he’s a sure thing. I admit, he did very well this year, but even with a movie and that first round status, he was snubbed on the Pro-Bowl.
    It will most likely boil down to Knowshon or Harvin.
    January 7 (morning): comeback player of the year: Even with Tom Brady doing well, it has to be Cedric Benson. This man was written off and might have single handedly put The Bengals in the playoffs. Yes the defense has played better, but sometimes a defense playing better is due to a healthier offense which can pace itself. All I am saying is, The Bengals didn’t put that many new cogs in their product.
    January 10: MVP. Manning
    January 13 (morning): defensive player of the year: Revis.
    January 14 (morning): offensive player of the year: Chris Johnson
    January 17: coach of the year: Jim Caldwell is a possibility, but lets face it, he was handed a very good team with a great quarterback on the field. I think people will look past that and choose Rex Ryan. Rookie head coach, rookie quarterback, playoff birth, good line play, tremendous defense this year…

  12. heysharpshooter says: Jan 4, 2010 9:59 PM

    daffy87 says: “Percy Harvin should easily win offensive rookie of the year. And Brian Cushing should win defensive rookie of the year in a landslide. ”
    Clay Mathews and Jarius Byrd will steal some of Cushing votes because Mathews has had more national exposure and Byrd is extremely over-hyped. Also, Percy Harvin will lose votes to Mike Wallace and Mark Sanchez(yes, voters in New York will find some whack ass way to justify voting for him)

  13. Hauschild says: Jan 4, 2010 10:07 PM

    FAVRE = MVP
    For an award decided by sportswriters, he is the obvious, most compelling choice. Not only is he deserving, but his MVP story will have legs that will give sports journalists more and more to write about.

  14. JJCheesehead says: Jan 4, 2010 10:09 PM

    Def. ROTY: Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews
    Off. ROTY: Percy Harvin
    Comeback: Vince Young
    MVP: Manning
    Def. POTY: Charles Woodson
    Off. POTY: Chris Johnson/Peyton Manning
    Coach of the Year: Marvin Lewis

  15. Big_McLargeHuge says: Jan 4, 2010 10:16 PM

    DROY: Brian Cushing
    OROY: Percy Harvin
    CPOY: Vince Young
    MVP: Chris Johnson
    DPOY: Charles Woodson
    OPOY: Peyton Manning
    COY: Sean Payton

  16. WaffleStomp says: Jan 4, 2010 10:29 PM

    Defensive ROY: Clay Matthews
    Offensive ROY: Percy Harvin
    Comeback: Cedric Benson
    MVP: Peyton Manning
    Defensive POY: Charles Woodson
    Offensive POY: Chris Johnson
    Coach o’ the year: Brett Favre ……. ’nuff said.

  17. ben.there says: Jan 4, 2010 10:38 PM

    Are you people serious about Matthews over Cushing? Y’all are joking right?
    Same position, but
    Cushing: 134 Tackles, 5 Sacks, 4 Int, 2 FF, 10 PD, 1 Safety
    Matthews: 50 Tackles, 10 Sacks, 0 Int, 1 FF, 7 PD, 0 Safety
    So… really?

  18. jjared1101 says: Jan 4, 2010 10:42 PM

    I see everyone putting up Vince Young for comeback player of the year. But i would think that comeback player of the year is more reserved for players coming back from injury. I’d rather see Cadillac Williams win the award. And how about some love for Jarius Byrd from Buffalo for DROTY.

  19. CanadianVikingFan says: Jan 4, 2010 11:18 PM

    ben.there
    I’m a Viking fan obviously, but I’m also a realist. Clay Matthews is the better player. He has no one on his team with 3-4 experience, all the Veterans on the pack team were in a sence rookies. And you are only looking at stats, that doesn’t speak the whole story.

  20. ispysomething7 says: Jan 4, 2010 11:34 PM

    COY = Dick Jauron

  21. heysharpshooter says: Jan 4, 2010 11:52 PM

    CanadianVikingsFan says: ” Clay Matthews is the better player(than Brian Cushing)”
    Have you watched a Texans game all year? Brian Cushing was supposed to struggle in the Cover-2 defense because he was “too slow, not athletic enough, etc typical white linebacker nonsense” and yet he was arguably the most dominate linebacker in the AFC as a rookie and was actually better in pass coverage than other aspects of his game. I am a Packers fan, and I love Clay Mathews, but he didn’t even lead all rookies in sacks(Brian Orakpo had 11) or in any area. Yes, he has the look of a beast, and when I saw Mathews stand up Jared Gaithe(who has 6 inches and almost 100 pounds on Mathews) and drive him back into Ray Rice to stop him for a loss I knew the Packers had a special player, but both the stats and the film support Cushing as the best defensive rookie.

  22. ben.there says: Jan 5, 2010 12:07 AM

    All the veterans were rookies? Should we give them all the DROY award? That’s a terrible argument for Matthews, who wasn’t even a starter until game 4. If you are a realist, then you can see that Matthews is far behind Cushing in production. Cushing had a pro-bowl season, potentially an all-pro season. Matthews did what exactly, finished second among rookie LBs in sacks? Hardly the DROY

  23. Majik Bullet says: Jan 5, 2010 12:10 AM

    No matter who wins what, there will be a lot of pissed off fans, as there are many worthy candidates in almost every category.
    MVP Brees, Favre Manning
    OPY same, but throw in CJ
    DPY Woodson, Allen, Willis
    ORY Harvin is quite a bit ahead of Sanchez and Maclin
    DRY Matthews, Byrd, Orakpo, Cushing are all deserving
    Comeback player Brady, Cadillac, Favre, Benson
    Coach Payton, Caldwell, Ryan, Lewis, Turner
    Should be interesting.

  24. CanadianVikingFan says: Jan 5, 2010 12:33 AM

    There you go now, with the stats nonsence. And the whole “not atheletic enough” , just as you said it is nonsence, it doesn’t support the argument. I don’t care anymore, I think what I think.

  25. J.Cannon says: Jan 5, 2010 12:35 AM

    Defensive ROY- Brian Cushing
    Offensive ROY- Percy Harvin
    Comback POY- Tom Brady
    MVP- Brett Favre
    Defensive POY- Charles Woodson
    OffensivePOY- Peyton Manning/ Chris Johnson
    Coach of the year- Sean Payton

  26. this class sucks says: Jan 5, 2010 3:20 AM

    God I hope Michael Oher isn’t rookie of the year. If he is its because of that stupid movie. As much as I hate him should be Harvin. Favre will probably be Comeback but I think Palmer should get it. MVP should probably Brees. OPOY should be Peyton. I can’t think of a runaway coach but Norv Turner is looking pretty good. Patrick Willis for DPOY

  27. Jordiway73 says: Jan 5, 2010 8:07 AM

    January 6 (morning): defensive rookie of the year. Cushing!
    January 6 (afternoon): offensive rookie of the year. Percy Harvin! He’s a big part of that offense
    January 7 (morning): comeback player of the year.
    Brady, Hands down
    January 10: MVP.
    Chris Johnson 2,006 rushing yards
    January 13 (morning): defensive player of the year. Jared Allen or Revis
    January 14 (morning): offensive player of the year. Chris Johnson again, but I’d go with Peyton or brees
    January 15 (morning): All-Pro team.
    Patriots, colts, chargers, and cinn players
    Minny, saints, philly and cowboys players
    January 17: coach of the year.

  28. Mac says: Jan 5, 2010 8:32 AM

    sportsjustice says: January 5, 2010 3:42 AM
    “MVP- Clearly Dree Brees. Do you idiots know that he just set the all time completion % record, along with getting the QB Triple crown of TDs, Yards, Rating.”
    Hate to burst your bubble brainiac, but Brees was 6th in yards this season. Even if he played in week 17, he would have needed nearly 400 yards to pass up Schaub.

  29. Pack83 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:11 AM

    Remind me once again why Farve is this slam dunk, top 2 MVP candidate and Rodgers isn’t in the discussion?
    Rodgers 4,434 yards, 30 TD , 7 INT 103.2 rating
    316 yards rushing (#1 among QB’s), 5 TDs
    Brent 4,202 33 TD, 7 INT 107.2 rating
    Rodgers took GB from 6 to 11 wins from 08. He also put all of his numbers up with the baby swiss O-Line, and led GB to a 7-1 record after a 4-4 start.
    The Burt Bias…continues.

  30. J says: Jan 5, 2010 10:07 AM

    MVP Brett Favre! Check the stats! Manning has WAY to many int’s and so does Brees. I could see Favre and Chris Johnson sharing it though too. They are the only 2 players that should even be in the discussion.

  31. Pack83 says: Jan 5, 2010 10:44 AM

    And one more time…players on 8-8 teams don’t and shouldn’t win MVPs. Not when another candidate has 6 more wins (Peyton). Doesn’t happen in the NFL. Shoot, when Jamal Lewis went over 2000 in 03, he didn’t even win the MVP, even though his team had 10 wins and made the playoffs.

  32. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 10:59 AM

    ben.there says:
    January 4, 2010 10:38 PM
    Are you people serious about Matthews over Cushing? Y’all are joking right?
    Same position, but
    Cushing: 134 Tackles, 5 Sacks, 4 Int, 2 FF, 10 PD, 1 Safety
    Matthews: 50 Tackles, 10 Sacks, 0 Int, 1 FF, 7 PD, 0 Safety
    So… really?
    ——————————
    So a 4-3 outside linebacker is the same position as a 3-4 outside linebacker?
    And for what it’s worth, the LA Times is already reporting that Cushing won DROY in a landslide.
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/football/nfl/wire/sns-ap-fbn-defensive-rookie,0,4523648.story

  33. Ponch77 says: Jan 5, 2010 5:18 PM

    DROY: Brian Cushing
    OROY: Percy Harvin
    CPOY: Vince Young
    MVP: Peyton Manning
    DPOY: Charles Woodson
    OPOY: Chris Johnson
    COY: Norv Turner

  34. TechnoHawk says: Jan 7, 2010 9:08 AM

    Seems these things are being leaked a day early.

  35. greatryry says: Jan 7, 2010 11:23 AM

    January 6 (morning): defensive rookie of the year. Brian Cushing
    January 6 (afternoon): offensive rookie of the year. Michael Oher
    January 7 (morning): comeback player of the year. Vince Young
    January 10: MVP. Manning
    January 13 (morning): defensive player of the year. Charles Woodson
    January 14 (morning): offensive player of the year. Chris Johnson
    January 17: coach of the year. Mike McCarthy

  36. Thegoodman says: Jan 7, 2010 11:47 AM

    Defensive ROY: Jerraud Powers
    Offensive ROY: Austin Collie
    Comeback: Gary Bracket
    MVP: Peyton Manning
    Defensive POY: Dwight Freeney
    Offensive POY: Reggie Wayne
    Coach o’ the year: Jim Caldwell

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