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PFT’s 2015 awards

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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.

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  1. obesedude says: Jan 23, 2016 3:01 PM

    I would be curious to see the breakdown of the results and who voted for whom.

  2. jetsclaps says: Jan 23, 2016 3:01 PM

    What did Scneider do that was so good? Jimmy Graham trade?

  3. bleck5 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:02 PM

    Russell Wilson for runner up?

    What kind of joke?

  4. thekyle1591 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:05 PM

    John Schneider?? Mcloughan and the Jets GM both deserve it more. The Seahawks got worse from last year while both the Redskins and Jets got much much better.

  5. kylexitron says: Jan 23, 2016 3:05 PM

    Good to see at least someone recognize Schneider. How many draft steals and undrafted free agent success stories does a guy gotta have before he gets some recognition?

  6. seatownballers says: Jan 23, 2016 3:07 PM

    Last line is a classic.
    Us arm chair general managers play favorites and always comment in hindsight

  7. mjd08501 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:09 PM

    Ronald Darby was rated by Pro Football Focus as the 4th ranked CB (and their DROY) in the entire NFL and Peters was ranked 48th (and also gave up more yards and TDS than almost any corner in the league) but you must’ve spent like less than 5 minutes deciding on this because you only looked at the interception totals. It’s easier to make a lot of interceptions when you’re getting thrown at all the time because you’re not great in coverage

  8. myteamscoredmore says: Jan 23, 2016 3:09 PM

    Wilson as runner up? Feel life that’s gotta be brady or palmer. I don’t think newton can be disputed though

  9. petedutcherjr says: Jan 23, 2016 3:09 PM

    Jameis should have gotten ORotY.

  10. jerrytown says: Jan 23, 2016 3:11 PM

    I’d put Aaron Donald over JJ Watt. Dude is a beast. Only a matter of time before he’s a household name.

  11. pats777 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:13 PM

    Pats are playing in their 5th straight AFC Championship game and have not had a single coach, executive or MVP award in that span. Truly the black sheep of the league.

  12. Kapodaco says: Jan 23, 2016 3:15 PM

    Tim Hightower? I mean sure, he did well filling in, but it’s not like he did much this season. What about NaVorro Bowman? Sat out the entire year in 2014 and came back and made First team All-Pro.

    Not to say he should be above Eric Berry, as his situation was a lot more dire, but he should certainly be considered above Tim freakin’ Hightower.

    Also, am I the only person here tired of seeing Todd Gurley? I realize the offensive rookie talent was a little thin this year, but Todd Gurley had really big games in stretches with really forgettable games in stretches as well. I’d personally put Amari Cooper on the list at least as a runner-up, but I realize he’s had some bad games this year, too.

  13. mremeet says: Jan 23, 2016 3:16 PM

    Did Schneider win because he only paid Cary Williams $7 Mill., and eventually got rid of him after he tried to ruin the season?

  14. vikingjack73 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:17 PM

    The Vikings improved from 7-9 to 11-5 & SHOCKED everyone by beating Green Bay to win the NFC North & you don’t even give coach Mike Zimmer a runner-up nod??

    Hmmmm

    Kubiak did well as a coach for about five games when Osweiler had to QB. But there’s no doubt that going into the season the Broncos were a serious SB contender. They didn’t play above their heads, and only received the #1 seed because the Pats took a 2 week vaca to end the regular season

  15. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 23, 2016 3:18 PM

    Pats are playing in their 5th straight AFC Championship game and have not had a single coach, executive or MVP award in that span. Truly the black sheep of the league.

    Well said….I couldnt agree more!!!!!

  16. radrntn says: Jan 23, 2016 3:19 PM

    Mack Attack

  17. redeemerac says: Jan 23, 2016 3:21 PM

    I thought Dave Gettleman ran away and hid for GM of the year. Evenly the most optimistic Panthers fan thought at best they’d be 10-6…likely 7-9. Almost all their new additions were off the trasheap….I thought 15-1 would make that obvious…tells me how much I know.

  18. robaloconmosca says: Jan 23, 2016 3:22 PM

    Gettleman has to be executive of year. Oher, Coleman, Tillman, Allen. Locks up Cam and Luke to long term deals. Keep pounding!

  19. piratefreedom says: Jan 23, 2016 3:23 PM

    pats777 says:
    Jan 23, 2016 3:13 PM

    Pats are playing in their 5th straight AFC Championship game and have not had a single coach, executive or MVP award in that span. Truly the black sheep of the league.

    —————–

    The league needs a Most Valuable Cheater award for Ernie Adams to win every year.
    Just ask any of the crybabies who pout every time the Patriots show up, yet again … sigh, in the championship game:)

  20. skimbell says: Jan 23, 2016 3:24 PM

    Nice pic of Newton doing his obama impression.

  21. kegowhisky says: Jan 23, 2016 3:24 PM

    Hard to see why Scot McCloughan from the Redskins was overlooked in the Executive category. He put a team back on the map beset with a meddlesome owner and a self-glorified QB without the required skills, and turned in a playoff year performance. That selection is worthy of a do-over.

  22. damcmp says: Jan 23, 2016 3:24 PM

    JJ Watt what a joke!

  23. cross300 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:24 PM

    Good to see at least someone recognize Schneider. How many draft steals and undrafted free agent success stories does a guy gotta have before he gets some recognition?
    ____________________________________________
    That’s true what a great trade that was for Jimmy Graham. He was a perfect fit for the team. How about Bill Belichick for pulling guys off the scrap heap and Making it to the championship game. He should win best coach and best GM.

  24. madderstork says: Jan 23, 2016 3:26 PM

    You overlooked Mack, 15 sacks AND arguably the most dominating edge defender against the run too. There’s a reason he’s All Pro at two positions.

  25. One for the thumb says: Jan 23, 2016 3:27 PM

    Bruce Ariens deserved to be runner up more than Kubiak. Kubiak cheated the injury report and left an injured Manning out there to suck just based on his name.

    Seahawks GM? Really? Based on that Lynch contract alone he should have been disqualified. I wish I had 10 million dollars to piss down a drain.

    Wilson has the runner up QB is also hilarious. Definitely should have been Palmer or Brady.

  26. cross300 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:28 PM

    These awards are more a recognition of most surprisng than best of. Enjoy these imaginary awards while the best team wins Championships. Go pats.

  27. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 23, 2016 3:28 PM

    John Schneider was not the best gm of the year. His good move was Tyler Lockett, still not sold on graham.

  28. scmems07 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:31 PM

    Wilson is the runner up huh,

    You mean the guy who got swept by the rams and finished 3-3 in his division

    The guy who’s team was 4-5 through 9 games and had as many turnovers as he did TD’s

    The guy who’s 6 of the teams 10 wins were against 2nd and 3rd string qb’s

    The guy who went on a winning streak against the worst teams and defenses in the league

    You mean that guy is runner up for MVP… Yeah OK.

    No bias whatsoever

  29. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 23, 2016 3:31 PM

    Cam Newton>Russel Jesus Juice Wilson

  30. pinkmist4 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:31 PM

    Schneider was executive of the year about 3 years ago, better late than never I guess?

    If any Seahawk deserved recognition for THIS year, it was Tyler Lockett.

  31. trpguy says: Jan 23, 2016 3:33 PM

    pats777 says:
    Jan 23, 2016 3:13 PM

    Pats are playing in their 5th straight AFC Championship game and have not had a single coach, executive or MVP award in that span. Truly the black sheep of the league.
    ___________________

    They don’t need recognition or awards, they’re just doing their jobs.

  32. chubbyboy93 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:35 PM

    They cant give any credit to the Redskins. How didn’t Scot win GM of the year. This team was projected by this site to win only 4-6 games win their division due to key midseason moves. Smdh.

  33. dickshotdogs says: Jan 23, 2016 3:38 PM

    And the most important award will be handed to Tom Brady from Rog. The Lombardi Trophy and then The Super Bowl MVP award. Now THAT will be rich.

  34. justinnelson71 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:42 PM

    I was going to complain, but I figured it wasn’t worth it. Happy Saturday!

  35. sidelinecameraman says: Jan 23, 2016 3:46 PM

    I would be dissapointted if Cam doesnt win the MVP but he should be uninanomous. He has had a season for the ages.
    Signed a Pats fan

  36. coltzfan166 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:46 PM

    You mean Sam Bradford isn’t gonna win Comeback Player of the Year like all these “experts” decided before the season started?

  37. rbisson2013 says: Jan 23, 2016 3:48 PM

    Pats don’t need individual awards There a TEAM FIRST THAT IS WHY THEY ALWAYS WIN!!

  38. cheeseisfattening says: Jan 23, 2016 3:50 PM

    Best fat on fat comedy: McCarthy calling out Lacy for being to fat.

  39. koolaidcircusbeast says: Jan 23, 2016 3:51 PM

    Winston’s #’s were easily top five all-time for any rookie quarterback in the history of the league.

    Are Gurley’s #’s even close for a rookie running back?

    Popularity contest.

  40. eoyguy says: Jan 23, 2016 3:55 PM

    Comeback player of the year NOT Carson Palmer? Really? Are memories so short as to what the Cardinals were like after he got injured last year? Remember, 9-1 to start, injury, then 2-4 . This year he’s taken them one game from the Superbowl, is in the conversation for MVP and is in the top 3-5 QB’s in the league right now. And he’s not even runner up??? BTW, if an offensive player is the MVP, how is he not also the offensive player of the year? Sort of like a movie winning an Oscar for best picture, but the director not being voted best director.

  41. dtroxallday says: Jan 23, 2016 3:55 PM

    I have to agree with others on the omission of Bowman and his comeback. Missed a season and returns to lead the league in tackles.

  42. ligat52 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:03 PM

    I’m good with most of these except for the Russell Wilson runner-up MVP thing. I’ve always liked Russell (mostly because he’s from a whole pack of Badgers) but he was not an MVP QB this season.

  43. skawh says: Jan 23, 2016 4:06 PM

    Schneider’s selection obviously was delayed recognition, for not having been selected in 2014 for the 2013 season.

    Seattle’s Defense nearly shut out the NFL’s best ever Offense, that set NFL offensive records in countless categories, when Seattle surprised everyone with a 43-8 SB victory.

    Seattle too is the only team to have back to back SB appearances…although many know short of a faulty play call from the 1 yard line it should have been back to back SB victories, which hasn’t been done in over 10 years.

  44. rukiddnme29 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:07 PM

    Russell Wilson is the PC pick over Adran Peterson. You probably say the same for Hightower.

  45. pdway says: Jan 23, 2016 4:07 PM

    “The guy who’s team was 4-5 through 9 games and had as many turnovers as he did TD’s

    The guy who’s 6 of the teams 10 wins were against 2nd and 3rd string qb’s

    The guy who went on a winning streak against the worst teams and defenses in the league”

    you’re like a crap politician cherrypicking stats that suit your bitter narrative. Wilson went for 24 TDS against 1 pick in the last 7 games including wins over Pitt, Minn, and AZ.

    Led the league in QB rating, threw for 4,000+ yds w/34 TD’s and 7 picks, and ran for 550. what else do you want the guy to do?

    #2 is arguably high, but he’s a top 5 player this year, like it or not.

  46. tritz32 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:12 PM

    Damrious Randall >>>> Marcus Peters

  47. patfanken says: Jan 23, 2016 4:13 PM

    It might be redundant and obvious, but it’s hard think that Nick Caserio or Bill Bellichick haven even been runner up in any category for the last 5 years, while building a final 4 team year after year, despite having to draft 28th-32nd in every round.

    Every year at least one UDFA wins a starting role, this year there were 2. (Andrews/Coleman) Every year there have been mid season trades that add important contributors, last season there were 2, and this season there were 3.(Hicks/Martin/Williams) And then there is the draft. This year the Pats had 3 draftees start (Brown DT, Mason OG – Jackson OG) 4 if you count the long snapper. Then there are all the other guys they pick up off the street and make solid role players out of in FA

    There is a reason the Pats are always in the final 4 and it is more than Brady and his HC. SOME DAY their front office is going to be recognized by someone other than Pats fans. SOMEDAY people are going to recognize that it is a LOT easier to build a winner than it is to MAINTAIN one.

  48. bondlake says: Jan 23, 2016 4:15 PM

    No one outside of the East Coast cares about your snow. I’m sick of seeing nothing but this on TV and the internet.

    Get over it.

  49. 2sloweggroll says: Jan 23, 2016 4:15 PM

    Mack 52 Def. player of the year.

  50. tebow420 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:15 PM

    Chip Kelly – Most entertaining coach in season collapse
    Manziel – Backup QB of the year
    Cowboys – Vegas team of the year
    Cousins – Fantasy MVP

  51. stellarperformance says: Jan 23, 2016 4:15 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Jan 23, 2016 3:50 PM
    Best fat on fat comedy: McCarthy calling out Lacy for being to fat.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    Most Puzzling Accolades Award: Zimmer telling the Vikings he was proud of the wide-left shank.

  52. 700levelvet says: Jan 23, 2016 4:23 PM

    And the Grammy goes to..

  53. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 23, 2016 4:28 PM

    Mccloughan should be gm of the year. He built the 49ers team that was great under harbaugh and he is now doing the same in Washington.

  54. arnoldziffel says: Jan 23, 2016 4:32 PM

    Can’t agree with your choice of Offensive Rookie – I’d reverse your picks … Jameis Winston by far had the toughest job – learning the quarterback position – and he did a pretty decent job.

    Todd Gurley is a beast, no doubt about it .. but he didn’t play a full season coming back from a knee injury – plus running back is one of the positions that transfers the easiest to the pro game. I’d give Todd the Runners-up nod.

  55. beachsidejames says: Jan 23, 2016 4:36 PM

    Gotta be another “Awards” list coming out soon. Best fired head coach Award. Most dropped passes Award. Most flagrant fouls Award. Most bad calls by a Ref Award. Best punch thrown or received by a drunk fan Award.

  56. patsfan1820 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:40 PM

    I agree with most of these except for the runner up for MVP which I think should have been Brady (Newton should win MVP) and coach of the year which I think should have been Belichick with Ron Rivera as the runner up.

  57. skinsfan91 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:40 PM

    Preston Smith had 8 sacks as a rookie. He deserves to be in the conversation as DROY.

  58. fanofpft says: Jan 23, 2016 4:41 PM

    And the Grammy goes to..

    Pacman said that was A. Brown.

    Snub of year Fins safety R. Jones for not making pro bowl.

  59. westcoastbillsfan says: Jan 23, 2016 4:43 PM

    You missed Richie Incognito as Comeback Player of The Year…

  60. saraiders2016 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:45 PM

    Coach of the year is OBrien! Trash QBs and a bad start and got them to the playoffs! Come on man!!

  61. hess97 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:46 PM

    Comeback player- berry or bowman.
    Hightower played four games you biased numbnuts!

  62. cb28031 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:46 PM

    Gettleman…..hands down…….

  63. chawk12thman says: Jan 23, 2016 4:49 PM

    Russell Wilson needs to be in the conversation for MVP, only for the fantastic second half of the season. However, I think that any of several players could be equal in that discussion and I would put a JJ Watt or Carson Palmer right there too. You definitely got the MVP right……

  64. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Jan 23, 2016 4:50 PM

    I would put both of Green Bay’s rookie corners over Marcus Peters and evidently so would Pro-Football Focus. Quentin Rollins, the second round guy, got the best ratings out of all rookie corners with 200+ snaps. Shortly the Packers will have 3 shut down corners.

  65. playsanity says: Jan 23, 2016 4:50 PM

    How do you make the Seahawks GM the winner? All of his moves made the team worse, and they got better when their biggest addition went out for the year.

  66. ariani1985 says: Jan 23, 2016 4:54 PM

    GM Of the year was a good laugh!

  67. captainwhodat says: Jan 23, 2016 4:58 PM

    And the most important award will be handed to Tom Brady from Rog. The Lombardi Trophy and then The Super Bowl MVP award. Now THAT will be rich…sorry, they lose to the Broncos tomorrow…there, fixed it…

  68. ariani1985 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:01 PM

    Both of the turd bay corners over Peters? You are a delusional packer fan!

  69. fumblenuts says: Jan 23, 2016 5:10 PM

    Too bad RB Thomas Rawls got hurt he could have easily been ROY.

  70. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 23, 2016 5:12 PM

    Schneider is heads and tails better than any executive in the National Football League.

    It really is THAT simple.

  71. filmex2000 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:13 PM

    Schneider over the Cards Steve Keim?

    What a joke. Florio’s apathy regarding the Cardinals remains constant.

    Chris Johnson, Dwight Freeney, Jermaine Gresham, Mike Iupati, David Johnson, Sean Weatherspoon, etc.

  72. hess97 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:14 PM

    You can’t give Watt the DPOY for really playing only half the season.

  73. nfl4dummies says: Jan 23, 2016 5:17 PM

    Agree 100% on Berry but Hightower? he only played 4 games. How about Bowman, Incgnito or Woodhead as a runner up choice? They all had a way more impactful season.

  74. MostlyRight says: Jan 23, 2016 5:19 PM

    Comeback player Carson Palmer.

  75. ariani1985 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:19 PM

    Does Seattle get the “dynasty that never happened ” award?

  76. corky2141 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:27 PM

    No press release???
    Ummm, aren’t you a part of the press, as well as the person releasing it?

  77. tedmurph says: Jan 23, 2016 5:28 PM

    MVP has become the award for the player that has the best year, instead of what it was intended to be. Put CPalmer or CNewton on the Patriots, they’re lucky to make the playoffs. Put Brady on Arizona or Carolina, they’re as good or better. That’s what MVP was supposed to be about.

  78. 13arod says: Jan 23, 2016 5:29 PM

    MVP runner up should be Antonio brown or Palmer not mr Wilson who sucks vs bad teams

  79. therealtrenches says: Jan 23, 2016 5:33 PM

    Dear Washington and Houston fans; no team needing until week 16 or 17 to lock up a crap division like the AFC South or the NFC East has a coach, qb, or GM deserving of any awards.

  80. smokehouse56 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:42 PM

    “greatness when they see it”…Than you didn’t see Tom Brady.

  81. robertgriffintheturd says: Jan 23, 2016 5:42 PM

    Your 2 MVP QBs threw for less than 4000 yds. That should be a prerequisite for MVP consideration in this passing era.

  82. popoff4 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:43 PM

    I understand Marcus Peters as Rookie Defense POY but why is Williams the runner up with 3.5 sacks, no FFs??? Let’s not forget about the year Preston Smith from the Skins had. EIGHT sacks, 3 FFs OFF THE BENCH. Skins folks get no credit.

  83. ajsjohnson says: Jan 23, 2016 5:47 PM

    Tim Hghtower over Navorro Bowman??? Or Carson Palmer?? Are you guys watching The games?

  84. jets4thewin says: Jan 23, 2016 5:48 PM

    Seahawks with exec of the year??? You had two options this year Jets or Redskins.

    Guess we should all be thankful that it’s not Steelers for every pick.

  85. nole53 says: Jan 23, 2016 5:51 PM

    What a crock. Winston set a record as a rookie QB, but yeah sure give it to the RB that faded as the season wore on.

    I didn’t even bother to read this garbage after that…

  86. youdrivemenutseagles says: Jan 23, 2016 5:52 PM

    The Pats have to walk on water to get recognized at this point. When you’re good for a long time, it happens.

  87. vegasgreek says: Jan 23, 2016 6:07 PM

    FLORIO IT”S A NO BRAINER : JORDY NELSON IS THE MVP OF THE ENTIRE NFL. IF THE PACKERS HAD HIM THEY WOULD BE PLAYING FOR THE TITLE THIS SUNDAY .

  88. PFT loves the Steelers says: Jan 23, 2016 6:09 PM

    Comeback should’ve went to Carson Palmer with Tyler Eifert (13 TDs in 13 games) as runner up.

  89. harrisbarton says: Jan 23, 2016 6:13 PM

    “You missed Richie Incognito as Comeback Player of The Year…

    ——————————————————————–
    Maybe no one could recognize him!

  90. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 23, 2016 6:13 PM

    If you had the biggest choke award, the packers would be the two time defending chokers.

  91. jlmd17 says: Jan 23, 2016 6:17 PM

    The less than smart Newton will be the first MVP in some time to not lead the league in any passing categories. From now on 60% completion means nothing as well. It’s all racial.

  92. bonecrushinghits says: Jan 23, 2016 6:23 PM

    This is pure comedy satire right? Like a Mel brooks movie? thanks for the laughs Florio 👍

  93. bonniebengal says: Jan 23, 2016 6:24 PM

    I’m really hoping Cam Newton takes it all the way to a Super Bowl championship this year. He’s an elite QB, and those are rare. The other elite QBs (Brady, Manning, Roethlisberger), are all a lot older than he is.

  94. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Jan 23, 2016 6:35 PM

    most annoying fans on this site? Vikings fans in a landslide

  95. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 23, 2016 6:37 PM

    Adrian Peterson couldn’t get any love?

    This whole list just feels like the popular picks and popular names. Give it to the guys who deserve it.

  96. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Jan 23, 2016 6:37 PM

    Seriously. Am I the only one who wants to punch Cam in that picture?

  97. frank booth says: Jan 23, 2016 6:43 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 23, 2016 6:13 PM

    If you had the biggest choke award, the packers would be the two time defending chokers.
    ==================================
    I believe it was the Vikings that choked this year. The Packers tied the game in the 4th Quarter and then lost in overtime. Not every loss is a choke.

    Choking is when you have a chip shot field goal to win the game with about 15 seconds left. Cracking under pressure. That’s choking.
    And that’s precisely what Blair Walsh did.

  98. kingfi says: Jan 23, 2016 6:54 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Jan 23, 2016 5:28 PM
    MVP has become the award for the player that has the best year, instead of what it was intended to be. Put CPalmer or CNewton on the Patriots, they’re lucky to make the playoffs. Put Brady on Arizona or Carolina, they’re as good or better. That’s what MVP was supposed to be about.

    ==================================

    I respectfully disagree there. I don’t think Brady has the skill set for either the Panthers or the Cardinals offense. Brady obviously has a lot of good qualities, but he can’t do power running like Cam and he doesn’t have the deep throw ability of Palmer. And specifically with the Panthers, I think they would actually be worse with Brady because Brady does well with speedy receivers who are great with YAC like Edelman and the Panthers receivers are terrible with YAC.

  99. smithopher says: Jan 23, 2016 6:56 PM

    Mike Maccagnan did a tremendous job building the Jets roster when he was hired, I’m not sure what Schneider or Gettleman did better than he did.

  100. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Jan 23, 2016 6:59 PM

    onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says:
    Jan 23, 2016 6:35 PM
    most annoying fans on this site? Vikings fans in a landslide

    ***************
    Not even close. All the Pat trolls who come in here whining about how the NFL is persecuting them this year, and then look back at Goodell and wink at him, thanking him for all his cover-ups of Pat misdeeds.

  101. bvolke says: Jan 23, 2016 7:02 PM

    Ronald Darby of Buffalo should be defensive rookie of the year IMO.

  102. mwcarolina says: Jan 23, 2016 7:12 PM

    Tedmurph, what you wrote is REAL false. Look at Cam’s wide recievers and compare then to Brady’s. No contest, Edleman and Amendola are much better than Ginn and Brown. As great as Olsen is, Gronkowski is better. Also going into the season, The Panthers were thought of as a 7 win team at best and their record was 15 and 1….I’ll give you Carson now, Tom in Arizona would’ve been better, but I don’t see how the Panthers could be better.

  103. tonebones says: Jan 23, 2016 7:18 PM

    I thought Ron Darby was the best defensive rookie, but I really think Andy Reid was the top coach. He won 11 straight games with Alex Smith as his QB. You really have to use a lot of deception, and every trick in the book to be able to move the ball down the field and into the end zone. I was wondering if Reid still had the energy to coach, but this year showed me he still has the passion. Ron Rivera is a great guy, but he’s only as good as his players. Reid actually had to coach for each of his wins.

  104. jecableguy says: Jan 23, 2016 7:26 PM

    LOL you said, “dude’s”…

  105. conkylives says: Jan 23, 2016 7:27 PM

    The Seahawks hate is strong!

  106. streetyson says: Jan 23, 2016 7:31 PM

    If you really want to spread the love around, you can overlook Belichick as head coach, and overlook Belichick as GM, but for the most successful franchise since 2000 (i.e. Belichick’s era – 10 AFCCG & 6 SB appearances in 15yrs) not to be in the discussion for either, especially when Brady isn’t mentioned and they’ve reached the AFCCG again despite lies and witch-hunt from the league, is ridiculous. This nonsense from PFT is just to generate 32 teams’ fans’ interest when only 4 or 5 teams are worth discussing in terms of any awards.

  107. slick50ks says: Jan 23, 2016 7:38 PM

    In three years people will wonder who Ronald Darby was.

  108. eagles512 says: Jan 23, 2016 7:55 PM

    What am I missing with the Schneider pick?

  109. daringhart13 says: Jan 23, 2016 7:59 PM

    Aaron Donald as a runner up?

    LOL….comedy.

    You should actually watch a game and not commercials.

  110. jets4thewin says: Jan 23, 2016 8:06 PM

    What was the big move Schneider made? The marshawn lynch signing that didn’t pan out? The Jimmy Graham trade that didn’t work?

    Anyway glad the actual awards recognized Macagnan.

  111. goodellclownshow says: Jan 23, 2016 8:08 PM

    And we on the east coast are tired of hearing about the west coast drought, fires and mudslides…..

  112. thevikes99 says: Jan 23, 2016 8:12 PM

    Wow no love for Carson Palmer for come back player of the year? The Cards don’t get much respect.

    Good luck to all that have teams left in the playoffs!!

  113. stilllovemybungles says: Jan 23, 2016 8:39 PM

    You forgot “Knockout Player of the Year”

    Vontez Burfict

    WhoDey!!

  114. wiscobear says: Jan 23, 2016 8:41 PM

    I’m having a hard time thinking of anyone else who could be in the running for Comeback Player if the Year, but there has to be someone, anyone, better than Hightower for runner up. Berry will win for sure, but Hightower started like 3 games and was subpar in them.

  115. harrisbarton says: Jan 23, 2016 8:46 PM

    I’m having a hard time thinking of anyone else who could be in the running for Comeback Player if the Year, but there has to be someone, anyone, better than Hightower for runner up. Berry will win for sure, but Hightower started like 3 games and was subpar in them.
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    As has already been noted, Navarro Bowman missed all of last season with a horrific knee injury, then came back this year and was an all-Pro selection, leading the lead in tackles. If it weren’t for the emotional/cancer thing with Berry, Bowman wins it in a landslide.

  116. staffordsyear says: Jan 23, 2016 8:47 PM

    2nd half player of the year: Matt Stafford..if there ever was an award.

  117. artic19 says: Jan 23, 2016 9:13 PM

    Special team player: Seahawks Blair Walsh

  118. birdgangcardinalshawkeyes says: Jan 23, 2016 9:43 PM

    Comeback player of the year……I will give you Eric Berry BUT Tim Hightower???? Did you forget Carson Palmer had an ACL injury????? You are not very good at your job.

  119. theparadoxx82 says: Jan 23, 2016 9:43 PM

    Runner-up: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson??

    HOW…. The guy wasted 8 mil of the teams money getting nothing out of Graham…

    and the ST and RB’s averaged enough points to get the team to 9-7.

    They went 1-6 in games where they even NEEDED a quarterback.

    Yea… MVP material…

  120. TomsulasMustache says: Jan 23, 2016 10:10 PM

    Why don’t they ever recognize a special teams player of the year?

  121. TomsulasMustache says: Jan 23, 2016 10:16 PM

    I’d put Cooper above Winston at OROY

  122. artic19 says: Jan 23, 2016 10:19 PM

    TomsulasMustache says:
    Jan 23, 2016 10:10 PM
    Why don’t they ever recognize a special teams player of the year?
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    I just did; Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh

  123. tedmurph says: Jan 23, 2016 10:40 PM

    If you want to compare Newton and Palmer to Brady, you can’t just cherry pick stats to fit your argument. Carolina was 2nd in rushing, Arizona was 8th. The Patriots were 30th. Arizona’s D was 5th in the league, Carolina’s 6th. New England’s was 10th. New England led the league in injuries, and their OLine starts 3 rookies and is a seive. Anyway you slice it, Brady did more with less. Top to bottom, Arizona and Carolina are better teams, yet they’re all at the same point. Brady should be MVP, although I realize he won’t. Partly because of backlash against the Pats by people that hate/are sick of them. Partly because they’ve been good so long they’re taken for granted.

  124. unbridledsexy says: Jan 23, 2016 10:55 PM

    Glad to see Berry and Peters on the list.

  125. tedmurph says: Jan 23, 2016 11:04 PM

    Brady threw for almost 1000 yards more than CNewton.

  126. tedmurph says: Jan 23, 2016 11:47 PM

    Hate can make you blind.

  127. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Jan 24, 2016 1:40 AM

    Worst GM: Ryan Grigson. Total S–tShow
    Worst HC: (tie) Chuck Pagano. Swinging Gate debacle. 8-8 in pathetic AFC South. John Harbaugh. 5-11. Complains about Belichick. Tries to copy him. Fails miserably.
    Biggest Idiot:Roger Goodell. Still chasing Framegate after being shown a fool.
    Worst NFL writer and human being: Greg Doyle Indy Star, by a landslide.
    Biggest flop of year: Peyton Manning. Will culminate at 3 today.

  128. hess97 says: Jan 24, 2016 2:16 AM

    I had to draft JJ Watt high this year in fantasy football, and dropped him mid season because he was loafing and getting me goose eggs.

    I agree with your gurley, Rivera and Newton, and Antonio Brown picks though.

  129. cincinnati222 says: Jan 24, 2016 2:44 AM

    Comeback player: tyler eifert. X_x

  130. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Jan 24, 2016 4:10 AM

    Nothing changes I guess. The staff at profootballtalk is still totally incompetent to hand out awards and barely able to run this web site which has been licking balls since it partnered with NBC. You guys suck as talent evaluators.

  131. flbills says: Jan 24, 2016 4:30 AM

    Best cheaters…who else..Patriots!

  132. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 24, 2016 6:53 AM

    One guy, a kicker, missed a field goal for the vikings.

    The entire packer team quit in the last five minutes of the NFC championship game vs Seattle.

    The packer defense quit in OT vs the cardinals.

    The Packers were the Super Bowl darlings for the 2015 season, yet lost the division to the team their fans claim is the worst team in NFL history.

    The packer’s are the landslide winner of the choke award two years in a row! (The first step in packer fan recovery is to first admit that you have a problem)

  133. BuffaloVStheWorld says: Jan 24, 2016 8:07 AM

    slick50ks says:
    Jan 23, 2016 7:38 PM
    In three years people will wonder who Ronald Darby was.
    _______________________________________

    Great. Your opinion aside, this isn’t the “Awards three years from now,” it’s based on this season, and this season Darby was/is a stud.

  134. guypatsfan says: Jan 24, 2016 8:20 AM

    Bill Belichick should be the Coach of the Year. He’s had to deal with a slew of injuries that almost destroyed his team, yet he managed to take the Pats to a 12-4 record, the 2 seed, the AFC Championship game, and hopefully SB50. This might have been the greatest coaching season of his career.

  135. footballalldayeveryday says: Jan 24, 2016 8:22 AM

    You guys are hipsters for listing Russell Wilson as runner-up

  136. theparadoxx82 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:35 AM

    tedmurph says:
    Jan 23, 2016 11:04 PM
    Brady threw for almost 1000 yards more than CNewton.

    —————————————————————–

    You find me someone who values 350 total yards over 6 more TDs and I”ll show you a liar.

    5 more TDS and the Pats could’ve been undefeated. 6 less TDs and the Panthers could’ve been 9-7.

    #CaMVP

  137. warrensip says: Jan 24, 2016 12:58 PM

    I know everyone doesn’t agree with most of these picks….

    What can you expect when pro writers covering the NFL can only muster a 62% rate of picking NFL games, straight up? Or, think that the Cardinals ground game is worse since Chris Johnson went down?

    Take these picks with a grain of salt and a hint of fact.

  138. frank booth says: Jan 24, 2016 3:54 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 24, 2016 6:53 AM

    One guy, a kicker, missed a field goal for the vikings.

    The entire packer team quit in the last five minutes of the NFC championship game vs Seattle.

    The packer defense quit in OT vs the cardinals.

    The Packers were the Super Bowl darlings for the 2015 season, yet lost the division to the team their fans claim is the worst team in NFL history.

    The packer’s are the landslide winner of the choke award two years in a row! (The first step in packer fan recovery is to first admit that you have a problem)
    ==================================
    You’re really are having a problem accepting the Vikings choke job. And watching you try to project it on the Packers’ loss against Arizona is just pathetic.

    You can’t choke any worse than missing the equivalent of an extra point to lose the game.

    I suppose it would have helped if Bridgewater could get his team into the end zone rather than putting everything on the kicker.

    But we know Teddy usually comes through in big games. After all, he threw 8 of his 14 TD passes against the Bears and the Lions this year.

  139. jgedgar70 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:37 PM

    No egregious errors here, just a couple of spots to pick nits. I would have switched the ROY top two, and would have given Donald DPOY with Josh Norman second. Other than that, I pretty much agree with these picks.

  140. cobaltdriver says: Jan 28, 2016 10:37 AM

    Adrian Peterson couldn’t get any love.

    No. Love doesn’t come for child beaters. He is an awful excuse for a human being..I am quite sure that had something to do with it.

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