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PFT’s offensive player of the year

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Some of the postseason awards require a little thought.  Some require none.

Two years removed from a season lost due to multiple neck surgeries (he’s had four in all), Peyton Manning put together the greatest season for any quarterback in league history.  He set a record for touchdown passes with 55, beating the past record by 10 percent.  Manning also broke Drew Brees‘ two-year-old single-season passing yardage record, besting a mark that previously stood for 28 years.

In all, Manning completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 5,477 yards, 55 scores, and a passer rating north of 115.0.  He also ran for a touchdown on a once-per-half-decade naked bootleg against the Cowboys.

The other finalists, albeit distant, for the award included Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who became the team’s first NFL rushing champ since the days of Steve Van Buren with 1,607 yards and nine touchdowns.  McCoy added 539 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, pushing his yards from scrimmage above 2,100.

Browns receiver Josh Gordon generated the most receiving yardage in the league with 1,646, despite missing two games due to a suspension and dealing with a revolving door at quarterback.

Other finalists were Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (1,287 rushing yards, 693 receiving yards, 19 total touchdowns), Saints quarterback Drew Brees (5,162 passing yards, 39 touchdowns, 68.6 completion percentage), and Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (110 catches for 1,499 yards, nine total touchdowns).

Cast a ballot below for your favorite, and elaborate in the comments.

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79 Responses to “PFT’s offensive player of the year”
  1. oriolesvsravens says: Jan 2, 2014 9:41 PM

    Who else other than Pey Pey

  2. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 2, 2014 9:42 PM

    Antonio Brown hands down. If you watched the Steelers every week you would understand.

  3. socalskinsfan21 says: Jan 2, 2014 9:45 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 2, 2014 9:45 PM

    Viking fans want to know how can they give it to Peyton when Adrian Peterson broke Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record.

  5. bigbaldpapahawk says: Jan 2, 2014 9:45 PM

    What Manning did this season is hands-down the best performance in football this season, if not the best season performance by anyone ever. Any mention of any other names in this race is just a professional courtesy.

  6. pensacolavolfan says: Jan 2, 2014 9:49 PM

    Peyton Freaking Manning GOAT

  7. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: Jan 2, 2014 9:50 PM

    If you voted for anyone other than Peyton Manning, you’re just a hater.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 2, 2014 9:50 PM

    Well I picked Peyton, but the field is getting a lot of votes due to the instruction to just pick the favorite player. Peyton’s vote stats are going to take a hit versus saying pick who you truly think was the best offensive player regardless if they are your favorite. This isn’t fair for Peyton’s shot at getting the PFT all-time voting percent record!

  9. MCxShow says: Jan 2, 2014 9:51 PM

    If you think about it, if Josh Gordon doesn’t miss the first two games and has a decently competent quarterback throwing him the ball, it’s not too farfetched to believe he could’ve challenged Megatron’s single-season record of 1,964 yards.

  10. snoqualmieterry says: Jan 2, 2014 9:52 PM

    This is a no brainier

  11. stoopidfool says: Jan 2, 2014 9:59 PM

    *cough* Tom Brady is 4-0 against this bunch *cough*

  12. the8man says: Jan 2, 2014 9:59 PM

    Tom Brady. Because he lost almost everything from last year, had nothing to work with and still engineered his team to 12 wins and defeat of the Broncos.

    ‘Nuff said.

  13. eagleseagleseagles says: Jan 2, 2014 10:00 PM

    Peyton Manning should win MVP because he is the most valuable to his team. I think the offensive player of the year should go to someone who dominated on the ground since it’s harder to run and easier to pass in the league these days. This said, I think it should be McCoy or Charles.

  14. patriotsdefense says: Jan 2, 2014 10:00 PM

    Write-In Vote:

    Tom Brady

    (Played with less talent around him than ’06. Vereen, Vollmer, Solder, Mankins, Gronk, Connolly, Cannon, Amendola, Dobson, Thompkins, have all had major injuries. And that’s just the offensive side of the ball. And Brady probably semi broke his hand that month it was ballooned sized for some reason. And Riddley lead all NFL RB’s in fumbles. 12-4, with the Panthers blown call and the Jets only time in league history 56 yard OT attempt call.)

  15. MichaelEdits says: Jan 2, 2014 10:01 PM

    I might vote for Drew Brees if the award was limited to home games.

  16. boltandthunder says: Jan 2, 2014 10:04 PM

    Peyton Manning is obviously the right choice. No question about it. The guy just had an incredible year at the QB position. However, Philip Rivers deserves to be in the conversation as well. AN honorable mention at least. I guess Florio is still upset that his Steelers were “robbed” of another championship run.

  17. fearthehoody says: Jan 2, 2014 10:05 PM

    Slurp.

  18. eglsfan says: Jan 2, 2014 10:05 PM

    I am so over Peyton Love……Jesus I live in Denver & have to hear it…….he had a great year….but prove it next week …#gag

  19. capspats says: Jan 2, 2014 10:09 PM

    Peyton definitely was the best this year, but I wouldn’t say it was the best year ever. I’m more impressed by Marino’s ’84 year, when he set records that weren’t broken for 20-25 years

  20. rj88888 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:12 PM

    Here is a ballot cast for Manning. He is a wide receiver coach/offensive coordinator/top tier quarterback, all at the same time.

  21. deezenucks says: Jan 2, 2014 10:12 PM

    Shady!

  22. packerman1968 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:14 PM

    Not a brain drain on that one. He might have had the best regular season in the history of the NFL.

  23. tolan04 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:17 PM

    Wow josh freeman got snubbed

  24. 858fb says: Jan 2, 2014 10:18 PM

    Everyone on this list deserves to be there, but I’m surprised Philip Rivers was left out considering all he’s done this year.

  25. gerard33 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:19 PM

    Jamaal 2nd only to Peyton… which is why he had to get that autograph I guess!

  26. dabears2485 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:21 PM

    I’d give it to Gordon. Manning is expected to be great, and had the perfect offensive cast to make it happen. Gordon did something special while playing with the likes of Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.

  27. tmb333 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:23 PM

    I figured Incognito was the most offensive this year.

  28. cookenbauer says: Jan 2, 2014 10:30 PM

    No brainer this year. Sucks to be shady or jamaal…they could have easily won it any other year.

    But of course…this will all mean nothing to all the pundits if manning doesn’t win it all. By far the most scrutinized and criticized player of all time.

  29. bassetlounge says: Jan 2, 2014 10:34 PM

    Cut that meat!!

    Cut that meat!!

  30. bugorfeature says: Jan 2, 2014 10:38 PM

    No brainer, since he’ll also be NFL MVP.

  31. jimr10 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:40 PM

    Let the Manning haters begin their hate.. can’t win the big one….great regular season…. blah, blah…

  32. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Jan 2, 2014 10:42 PM

    Is Eli in the running for defensive player of the year after all those ints?

  33. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 2, 2014 10:50 PM

    #goat

    The next three Lombardi trophies are coming to Denver

  34. keiselsbeard says: Jan 2, 2014 10:54 PM

    Of course it’s Peyton. Why don’t U just have the voting to determine #2?

  35. 7pints says: Jan 2, 2014 10:55 PM

    No brainer.

  36. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 2, 2014 10:57 PM

    As a Pat’s fan, I have always loved the Brady/Manning rivalry, and have always respected Manning as the DiMaggio to Brady’s Williams.

    I thought Irsay screwed Manning by cutting him loose, and I always hoped Manning would reach this level and stick it up Irsay’s azz.

    How’s your Luck running these days, Irsay????

  37. wunsa says: Jan 2, 2014 11:02 PM

    Come on Mike….Manning did not break Brees’ record, and that is a hard fact. It was gifted to him by a league office that consistently demonstrates challenges with integrity.

  38. siggtacular says: Jan 2, 2014 11:03 PM

    Manning (Eli) HAHA

  39. micknangold says: Jan 2, 2014 11:09 PM

    How could you put McCoy ahead of Charles? That’s just silly.

  40. madasbuc says: Jan 2, 2014 11:11 PM

    No Josh Freeman?

    What other player could get two head coaches AND a GM fired in 1 season?!? That’s REAL talent!

  41. wunsasaint says: Jan 2, 2014 11:13 PM

    Come on Mike….Manning did not break Brees’ record, and that is a cold hard fact. The league office, who’s continuously challenged with integrity issues, gifted the record to him. The record was stolen, not broken.

  42. jaltreality says: Jan 2, 2014 11:20 PM

    Saints fan here. Manning deserves it by far. Just amazing what he’s done this year. I hope he continues his success in the playoffs just up until the Super Bowl.

  43. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 2, 2014 11:22 PM

    This year the vote should be unanimous. It’s easily A. Brown.

  44. johninthewest says: Jan 2, 2014 11:22 PM

    Say what you want to say all you haters! (Megahead/Dome, playoff choker, etc..)…
    PFM had the best year of his NFL career, broke numerous records, and ultimately wins football games. A true class act, a winner, a humble man, and an undoubtedly unselfish TEAM player. We will never will see a QB do what he did on the field for decades to come! Well deserved Peyton! ALL NFL fans cherish this moment!

    Go ahead haters, type away!

  45. alskdh says: Jan 2, 2014 11:24 PM

    Brady then = MVP
    We won!

  46. boblablaw1246 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:27 PM

    Master of the dink-and dunk. Three-to-five yard passes turn into big gains and he’s the offensive player of the year. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz……..

  47. boldgreenandgold says: Jan 2, 2014 11:29 PM

    Even though I’m almost already tired of the praise Manning has drawn, it is well deserved. The guy went against all odds after four neck surgeries and put together the greatest regular season by a QB in the history of the NFL. Very easy choice for this honor, very easy choice for MVP. Football fans have been in awe all year, this should be no competition.

  48. 4thqtrsaint says: Jan 2, 2014 11:29 PM

    This is all Manning. Great year.

  49. chicagogiantsfan says: Jan 2, 2014 11:36 PM

    Not ELI Manning?

  50. briscocountyjr says: Jan 2, 2014 11:47 PM

    Hands down, Manning. I’m really amazed with what he’s done, it’s historic. Although rules have favored offenses in this era, defenses have also evolved in an attempt to stop them. Of course, we’re talking about a guy that suffered nerve damage and had to relearn how to throw. I just don’t know who can compete with this honor this year, and there’s some good ones. Also, I’ll still find it difficult to get my head around all the attacks by “football fans” that can’t help but troll this guy’s articles.

  51. gavriloprincip33 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:47 PM

    Congrats Frankenstein!

  52. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Jan 3, 2014 12:11 AM

    I thought Peyton ran for his td against Philly.

  53. filthymcnastyog says: Jan 3, 2014 12:14 AM

    as usual the media and the public will vote for their darling Manning. you know why everyone loves Manning? because he is a threat to nobody’s team…

  54. jacobk621 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:26 AM

    Ok Denver fans ,,, Who would you really want quarterbacking your team ?? Peyton Manning or Tim Tebow ??

  55. smartestpackerfan says: Jan 3, 2014 12:35 AM

    How is not Aaron Rodgers or Eddie Lacy! They are the two greatest players of all time! I bought the $250 “stock” telling me so.

    GO PACK GO

  56. polegojim says: Jan 3, 2014 1:02 AM

    All that is wonderful… deserved… warm and fuzzy…
    But I’ll say it now… he needs to do his part to FINISH the year.

    FINISH the playoffs with the same type numbers.

    FINISH drives with touch downs.

    FINISH tight games with winning drives.

    FINISH the Super Bowl with a Victory.

  57. patsarethegoat says: Jan 3, 2014 1:22 AM

    T Brady
    4200 Yds with a bunch of nobodies

  58. guitarfreak21 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:37 AM

    Lets be real here, it’s Peyton, and it’s not even close.

  59. zinn22 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:54 AM

    How could anyone not vote for Manning? The Yardage and TD record. It is the greatest season ever by a QB. Well the greatest until someone else breaks it. But just like as it was impossible not to vote for Brees when he broke the ydg record and Brady when he got 50 TDs one cannot vote for anyone but Manning.

    55 TDs it might be 20 years until that is broken.

  60. stafftobush says: Jan 3, 2014 4:14 AM

    Hey, hey..lets not forget about Jay Cutler

  61. footballfan58 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:17 AM

    Peyton Manning, hands down! This coming from a loyal Patriot’s fan!

  62. nfceastisbeast says: Jan 3, 2014 6:21 AM

    Manning is the ultimate stat-padder. He calls all plays, how many times did he throw over 50 passes and call less than 20 runs? How many TD’s did he throw of 5 yards or less when they could have easily pounded it in on the ground? Guarantee he will not win SB.

  63. sociosquatch says: Jan 3, 2014 7:19 AM

    i vote jordy nelson.

  64. kayakattack says: Jan 3, 2014 7:58 AM

    We all know how this ends… Broncos lose 20-3 with Peyton Sitting on his ass in the cold snow while pouting and wondering how he lost to a 5 seed

  65. hakunamangata says: Jan 3, 2014 8:15 AM

    As a ravens fan I hate Peyton, but all of these other players are cogs in an offensive machine…Peyton is the machine and if you think otherwise you’re kidding yourself.

  66. dcpatfan says: Jan 3, 2014 8:23 AM

    U can call it hate or any other name u wish.
    But the fact is it’s another regular season accolade for the greatest regular season QB. Until he matches the reg season with the playoff season and brings home some bacon, he’s a choke.

  67. sb44champs says: Jan 3, 2014 8:24 AM

    Drew Brees has been putting up similar numbers for the last 6 years and doing it 5 inches shorter…. “FIVE INCHES”…. Just think of what Drew would do if he had another 5 inches of height like Frankinstein has lol..

  68. sb44champs says: Jan 3, 2014 8:26 AM

    Actually Drew has been putting up these #’s for last 8 years lol..

  69. fnf417 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:32 AM

    I would have picked McCoy not taking anything away from manning but McCoy had to work harder for his and I think he’s more deserving of it

  70. jimmyt says: Jan 3, 2014 8:48 AM

    The people who always complain about “the dink and dunk” are those whose teams cannot defend it.

  71. jerruhjones says: Jan 3, 2014 8:49 AM

    Anyone who can make Brandon Weeden look good deserves to win…

    Josh Gordon!

  72. rockieschef says: Jan 3, 2014 8:57 AM

    ah, Mannings “pass” to Decker wasclearly a lateral which makes it a running play. Brees should still hold the regular season record.

  73. vicvinegar00 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:00 AM

    Josh Gordon was definitely my fantasy MVP. Picked up off the waiver wire too.

  74. strungout91 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:26 AM

    Manning for MVP, Charles for Offensive Player Of The Year

  75. realkelevra says: Jan 3, 2014 10:40 AM

    “Beat The TD Record By 10%” What An Unusual Way To Describe The Fallen Record.

  76. nfceastisbeast says: Jan 3, 2014 2:45 PM

    Yeah and he beat the yardage record by 1 fraudulent yard. What a mockery, everyone knows that was a lateral to Decker. But all Hail Sir Payton Manning, the media darling.

  77. racyman57 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:02 PM

    I have to go with J. Charles. I doubt that there is any player who is more valuable to their team than Charles. He leads the team in both rushing and passing yards. The Chiefs whole offense revolves around Charles and even when he doesn’t have the ball, he demands so much attention that it opens up plays for Alex Smith, in the passing game. As the Chiefs defense began to falter, around mid-season, the Chiefs stepped their offense up and were one of the most prolific offenses in the league, the last half of the season. Charles is the main reason they were able to turn more to their offense and to be able to go toe to toe with teams like Denver and San Diego, offensively and score over 100 points, in the 2 games against the Redskins and the Raiders. The Chiefs aren’t in the playoffs without Charles and teams fear him as much as any player in the league.

  78. filthymcnastyog says: Jan 3, 2014 6:44 PM

    so the media and the fans all vote for their darling Manning. you know why Manning is so beloved? because he is a threat to nobody’s team…

  79. frostymugobeer says: Jan 3, 2014 7:16 PM

    Larry ?…….Larry?……have you seen Larry?…………………………….LARRY ? !

    oh and yes Manning is the obvious choice

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