The regular season ended 20 days ago, and all key coaching and G.M. jobs are now filled. So before the Final Four whittles to the teams that will end up on all of the Super Bowl 50 merchandise, it’s a good time to recognize the best of the best from the 2015 regular season.
It also makes sense to do it before my roof caves in under 20-plus inches of snow and knocks out my Internet, along with my existence.
In past years, we’ve milked the cow gradually, posting one award per day until they were all done. This year, I’m going with the quick Band-Aid removal technique, pulling the sheet from all the awards at once. If you agree or disagree with any of them, make your thoughts known in the comments below.
The awards were determined by input from the PFT staff, but ultimately I
put the names in a hat spent hours of careful deliberation determining the winner and one runner-up in each category.
Offensive rookie of the year: Rams running back Todd Gurley. (Runner-up: Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.)
Defensive rookie of the year: Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters. (Runner-up: Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams.)
Offensive player of the year: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. (Runner-up: Falcons receiver Julio Jones.)
Defensive player of the year: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. (Runner-up: Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.)
Comeback player of the year: Chiefs safety Eric Berry. (Runner-up: Saints running back Tim Hightower.)
Coach of the year: Panthers coach Ron Rivera. (Runner-up: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak.)
Executive of the year: Seahawks G.M. John Schneider. (Runner-up: Panthers G.M. Dave Gettleman.)
MVP: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. (Runner-up: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.)
And that’s that. No dinner, no prize, no press release, no plaque. Just the satisfaction from knowing that a group of dude’s in their mom’s basements know greatness when they see it.