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In 29 days, the NFL will unveil the official 2016 awards. And, since it will happen the night before the Super Bowl, no one will care.

Speaking of things about which no one cares, here are the PFT 2016 awards.

In compiling them, I seek input from the full PFT staff. So blame them when you complain about the selections in the comments.

Offensive rookie of the year: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. (Runners-up: Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill.)

Defensive rookie of the year: Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa. (Runners-up: Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones.)

Offensive player of the year: Cardinals running back David Johnson. (Runners-up: Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan, Saints quarterback Drew Brees.)

Defensive player of the year: Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack. (Runners-up: Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner.)

Comeback player of the year: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson. (Runners-up: Dolphins defensive end Cam Wake, Ravens receiver Steve Smith.)

Coach of the year: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. (Runner-up: Dolphins coach Adam Gase, Patriots coach Bill Belichick.)

Executive of the year: Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie. (Runner-up: Jerry Jones/Stephen Jones, Cowboys, Lions G.M. Bob Quinn.)

MVP: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. (Runner-up: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.)

And that’s that. No dinner, no prize, no press release, no plaque, no commemorative pen or pencil. Just the satisfaction from knowing that a bunch of guys who don’t know what they’re talking about know how to post content to the Internet.

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  1. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 6, 2017 2:10 PM

    Gase or Belicheck over Garrett. The rest are fine.

  2. skjwood says: Jan 6, 2017 2:10 PM

    Dennis Pitta for Comeback POY

  3. jbl429 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:11 PM

    Landon Collins didn’t even get a sniff for DPOY?

  4. niners816 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:11 PM

    MVP should be Tom Brady. He takes a bunch of mediocre players and makes them look great. He does year after year. 39 years old and is playing lights out. Tom Brady. MVP. No question.

  5. gtrav says: Jan 6, 2017 2:12 PM

    Couldn’t agree more with the Jordy Nelson pick…but I gotta go with Gase as Coach of the Year

  6. seriously423 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:13 PM

    in other news…the first 2017 award will be when the liar hands the Lombardi to the GOAT

  7. iammrbinky says: Jan 6, 2017 2:13 PM

    No disrespect to Garrett but what Gase has accomplished in Miami with the lack of talent and injuries is worthy of coach of the decade.

  8. weepingjebus says: Jan 6, 2017 2:13 PM

    No Bills references? The off-season champs will be livid.

  9. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Jan 6, 2017 2:13 PM

    What, no Laquan Treadwell?!??

  10. darkneptune73 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:14 PM

    So Aaron Rodgers struggled over 75% of the year and he’s still on the MVP ballet. Ok….

  11. justintuckrule says: Jan 6, 2017 2:14 PM

    Thanks for no Giants’ love. Reese turned around a historic bad defense and 3 straight 6 win seasons into a playoff bully. No Collins? bwaahaaha. ok. No McAdoo? No JPP for comeback player?

    Love it. We feed off slights.

  12. ken0west says: Jan 6, 2017 2:14 PM

    Wake for Comeback POY is the obvious choice.

  13. overthedwaynebowe says: Jan 6, 2017 2:14 PM

    How is Jack Del Rio not mentioned….what a joke

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:15 PM

    Gase turned the Fins around after what, 4 or 5 straight losses early in the season?

    Belichick had the Jamie Collins move that lit a fire under the defense’s collective rear ends, but if they had continued playing at a lower level the Pats would still have probably been 12-4 or 13-3.

    Cowboys had a far better roster in place than the Fins.

    I’d have to give it to Gase.

  15. bigmikeskinsfan says: Jan 6, 2017 2:16 PM

    Howard > Elliot

  16. dougchillin says: Jan 6, 2017 2:16 PM

    Why is Bell getting overlooked as a come back player of the year? Guy is the best RB in the league.

    Rodgers/Brady deserve MVP over Matt Ryan.

  17. vikesfan320 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:17 PM

    Good list. Only one I disagree with is Executive. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think the Jones’ should get Executives of the year. Lots of great drafting to build the leagues best O-line, found solid players on defense, and two home runs with Zeke and Dak. If they don’t draft Zeke and Dak, they basically replay last year with Romo out and they go 6-10 at best. Lots of naysayers on the night they picked Zeke, lots of crickets now.

    Coach is also a toss-up, the three you listed plus Del Rio and Quinn could all be in the mix, but any one of those guys is deserving.

  18. corkspop says: Jan 6, 2017 2:20 PM

    Well done! Can’t really argue with any of these.

  19. NFLexpert says: Jan 6, 2017 2:20 PM

    Turn in your playbook, not even close to being a good list…

  20. bleck5 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:21 PM

    Garrett?

    LOL!!

  21. jerseyraider says: Jan 6, 2017 2:21 PM

    “A bunch of guys who don’t know what they’re talking about know how to post content to the Internet”.

    Exactly…

  22. mball13 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:21 PM

    Sorry, but Del Rio or Gase should be coach of the year. Garrett is a marginal coach at best, and it took him 5 years to get where Del Rio and Gase got in 1 year

  23. fredsingleton says: Jan 6, 2017 2:21 PM

    Tyreek Hill is only a rookie? That guy has a future.

    Unfortunately, it’ll be tough to scrap the domestic abuse from his image.

  24. jeyeeteesjetsjetsjets says: Jan 6, 2017 2:21 PM

    Good call on coach of the year.

    Jason Garrett is 13-3 guiding a rookie QB at the helm and a makeshift defense.

    In August, if you told people Tony Romo would miss the entire season an 8-8 or 9-7 finish would have been considered fantastic.

  25. veddermn8 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:23 PM

    Coach of the year has to be Belichick. Garrett had two of the best rookie performances of all time going for him. Belichick didn’t have his starting QB for 4 games, (or his 2nd stringer for a couple more for that matter), and only got a handful of meaningful games out of Gronk. Calling Garrett’s coaching job the best severely overstates Tony Romo’s talents and underestimates Dak and Elliot.

  26. thebirdofprey says: Jan 6, 2017 2:26 PM

    Bill Belichick should get coach of the year. Some coaches get bypassed year after year because they are already great.

    But no Tom Brady 4 games – best offensive weapon Gronk lost in the 2nd half of season and they cruise toward a number 1 AFC Seed. Impressive

  27. dispozblcopy says: Jan 6, 2017 2:27 PM

    Today is a good day for Patriots fans: Their prayers were answered today and hopefully will continue to be — “Let all awards voters to continue to make the “MVP” or “Pro- whatever” a member of the NFC team the Patsies face in the Super Bowl.

  28. RegisHawk says: Jan 6, 2017 2:28 PM

    Jimmy Graham came back so successfully from a torn patellar tendon that people don’t even consider him.

  29. purplekoolaid1 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:29 PM

    I’m still waiting for the day where employers give out awards each day to employees just for showing up to work. You know it’s going to happen eventually.

  30. imcornholious says: Jan 6, 2017 2:31 PM

    “A bunch of guys who don’t know what they’re talking about know how to post content to the Internet”.

    PFT in a nutshell….

  31. radrntn says: Jan 6, 2017 2:31 PM

    remember this day, …PFT showing some Raider love…

    Go Raiders….Beat the Refs!!!

  32. luvs2splooge49 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:31 PM

    Adam Gase took a team that was 1-4 and was pronounced dead and turned it into a playoff team. Nothing you can say to me is going to convince me that he is not the rightful Coach of the Year.

  33. veddermn8 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:32 PM

    And Belichick should be up for executive of the year as well. Turned soon to be overpaid free agent Chandler Jones into starting rookie OL Joe Thuney and another good rookie find in WR Malcolm Mitchell. Traded Jaimie Collins and then the team turned into the #1 defense in the NFL in points allowed. Picked up contributing parts like Michael Floyd and Kyle Van Noy and others. Lured Dante Scarnecchia out of retirement and shored up an injury ravaged OL. And drafted Jimmy G and Brisset who competently held down the fort for Brady.

  34. chippys lost binky says: Jan 6, 2017 2:33 PM

    Overall choices are pretty good. Would have gone with Ramsey over Bosa as DROY, Gase as COTY and Belichick as EOTY.

  35. 2017nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions says: Jan 6, 2017 2:36 PM

    Lions GM Bob Quinn should get first nod as executive. He’s a miracle worker. After all YOU people said the Lions would be in the NFC North cellar, they made the playoffs in a transition year. Give this man another offseason and some healthier players next year, and my username will come true!!

  36. takeachancellor says: Jan 6, 2017 2:36 PM

    Mvp should be earl Thomas. We crumble without our defensive play caller.

  37. NFLexpert says: Jan 6, 2017 2:37 PM

    Hue Jackson should be considered for not ending up in the Psych ward…

  38. mattbilleauthor says: Jan 6, 2017 2:41 PM

    Aaron Rogers’ selection is incomprehensible after the spotty season this very talented QB had. I know you had go to with playing ability, but it would be nice to asterisk Hill with *Should be in prison, not NFL.

  39. greenandgold13 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:42 PM

    darkneptune73 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 2:14 PM

    So Aaron Rodgers struggled over 75% of the year and he’s still on the MVP ballet. Ok….

    ————————————————————–

    Rodgers (40 TD and 7 INT)

    The Struggle is Real

  40. brooksyspecial says: Jan 6, 2017 2:50 PM

    David Johnson is the MVP.

  41. davefromwork says: Jan 6, 2017 2:50 PM

    pretty strong list, but have to think Del Rio is a finalist, at the very least, for coach of the year.

  42. bradygirl12 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:50 PM

    How can Jason Garrett be Coach of the Year when we all know it’s Jerrah who calls the shots in Dallas? Garret is nothing more than a “yes-man”. I would go with Gase or Jack Del Rio.

  43. domedaddy says: Jan 6, 2017 2:51 PM

    Not bad, not bad at all! But Garrett as Coach of the Year? Not feeling it. Other than that, well thought out list.

  44. stipez says: Jan 6, 2017 2:53 PM

    Comeback poy is great to celebrate but has always felt like a pretty specific category to me.

    How about fade of the year? Mouth of the year? Could’ve been? Has been?

  45. skittlesareyum says: Jan 6, 2017 2:54 PM

    Is there where we argue what the criteria for MVP should be?

    It’s the player who is most important to his team. No wait, it’s the player who has the best stats. But maybe also has to be on a winning, playoff team. Maybe also has to play the whole year. Maybe can’t have had a slump during the year. If it’s a QB make sure their receivers and running game aren’t any good. If it’s a running back make sure the o-line isn’t too good. etc. etc.

  46. rickoforange73 says: Jan 6, 2017 2:54 PM

    ” … a bunch of guys who don’t know what they’re talking about know how to post content to the Internet.” And, with that, you have locked up the Sports Blog of the Year Award. And are a strong contender for the Blog About Anything of the Year Award. And maybe the BAA of All-Time, Ever Award.

  47. mazenblue says: Jan 6, 2017 2:55 PM

    Matt Stafford should get MVP. Think about how many wins he himself got the Lions. Of course Rodgers is on the ballot. lol makes sense right

  48. jacobyville says: Jan 6, 2017 2:55 PM

    Murray??? comeback player

  49. quizlingclinic says: Jan 6, 2017 2:55 PM

    “iammrbinky says:
    Jan 6, 2017 2:13 PM
    No disrespect to Garrett but what Gase has accomplished in Miami with the lack of talent and injuries is worthy of coach of the decade.”


    They were really a fluke. -17 point differential. Belichick was the obvious choice, like most years. 3 QBs, Traded 2/3 of his best defensive players….

  50. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 6, 2017 3:00 PM

    MVP should be Tom Brady. He takes a bunch of mediocre players and makes them look great. He does year after year. 39 years old and is playing lights out. Tom Brady. MVP. No question.
    ############################

    Age and surrounding cast should not be considered. It is who played best. Period.

  51. babygaga19 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:05 PM

    MVP should be Tom Brady.________________

    You are so wrong, Pal. A player that missed 25% of the season because he was banned for cheating should be ineligible for the rest of his life from any MVP consideration.

  52. 400marios says: Jan 6, 2017 3:06 PM

    Week 6:

    Mike Zimmer is a LOCK for Coach Of The Year.

    Now…not so much…..

  53. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 6, 2017 3:06 PM

    Lions GM Bob Quinn should have been first, followed by Titans GM Jon Robinson.

    Robinson kicked off his rookie year by signing current AFC rushing leader DeMarco Murray, breakout WR Rishard Matthews and veteran center Ben Jones. Next he fleeced the Rams in the #1 draft trade and then selected current All-Pro Jack Conklin first over the supposedly more elite offensive tackle prospects, starting receiver from day one Tajae Sharpe and other promising rookies.

    Need I mention that when Robinson took over, the Titans were the worst team in the NFL? With his immediate overhaul, they went from 3 and 13 to 9 and 7 (tied for first in the division/tie-breaker) and were 5 and 2 against current playoff teams and also knocked off the Super Bowl champs. … On second thought, maybe the Lions GM shouldn’t have been first. 🙂

  54. steelcurtainn says: Jan 6, 2017 3:07 PM

    Big Ben, AB and Leveon Bell for superbowl mvp.

  55. babygaga19 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:08 PM

    Pete Rose should be all time MLB MVP, right?

  56. jimmysee says: Jan 6, 2017 3:09 PM

    Most consistently incoherent and delusional fan base posting on PFT: Vikings trolls.

  57. fritz96 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:10 PM

    I’m so tired of this argument. He has the best coach of all time, one of the top RBs this season, a great slot receiver, and always 1 or 2 good/great TEs.

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    niners816 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 2:11 PM
    MVP should be Tom Brady. He takes a bunch of mediocre players and makes them look great. He does year after year. 39 years old and is playing lights out. Tom Brady. MVP. No question.

  58. skinsgal4life says: Jan 6, 2017 3:15 PM

    Tom Brady is the MVP. When has anyone else played QB as well at 25 as he has at 39? There’s no debate in my mind who’s the MVP. And while I’m at it, Brady is the GOAT, too.

  59. IMHIM says: Jan 6, 2017 3:17 PM

    You don’t even give Von Miller a 2nd or 3rd place for DPOY? What a crock of shat.

  60. anthonykornheiser says: Jan 6, 2017 3:18 PM

    no landon collins for DPOY? didn’t he set marks that no player in the history of the game has achieved?

  61. orangecrush78 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:18 PM

    babygaga19 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 3:05 PM

    MVP should be Tom Brady.________________

    You are so wrong, Pal. A player that missed 25% of the season because he was banned for cheating should be ineligible for the rest of his life from any MVP consideration.
    ______________________________________

    This is an absurd take. He cheated, took his suspension and came back. Not a Pats fan, but the idea that he should never be considered again is crazy. It’s equivalent to giving someone life in prison for stealing a chocolate bar.

  62. justafanofnfl says: Jan 6, 2017 3:20 PM

    great list!!!!!!!

    go pats!!!!

  63. stoneydog1000 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:27 PM

    Florio, you’re a funny guy.

  64. magnumpimustache says: Jan 6, 2017 3:27 PM

    If you lost 5 games you should not be considered for MVP.

  65. praetorian12 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:28 PM

    Bobby Wagner as the DPOY. More tackles than anyone. Put on the tape– he’s not only covering ground, harassing QBs, he’s stuffing people with no YACs. Don’t give it to Mack just because of the sacks.

  66. joko12blog says: Jan 6, 2017 3:29 PM

    Brady got suspended for doing something every qb does – the only people who continue to call Brady a cheater can’t deal with his success

  67. Silver and Black attack says: Jan 6, 2017 3:29 PM

    I’d put Derek Carr ahead of Rodgers/Brady for runner ups on MVP. Rodgers only played half the year at a high level and Brady missed 4 games which had he played in those 4 games he might have gotten hurt or played poorly.

  68. blessedunliketherest says: Jan 6, 2017 3:30 PM

    You are so wrong, Pal. A player that missed 25% of the season because he was banned for cheating should be ineligible for the rest of his life from any MVP consideration.
    _________________________________________

    You should be banned from leaving your mom’s basement. If you still believe that Brady cheated you are either ignorant, a true hater, or worse, have the inability to apply logic and commonsense. Pathetic does not even begin to describe this post.

    Brady is 39 year old. Was wrongfully accused of something that clearly happened naturally and is still in the MVP conversation after missing 4 games. Think about that for a second. He is the GOAT. Really, that’s all that matters at this point.

  69. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jan 6, 2017 3:31 PM

    The MVP should be Ashley Manning 🙂

    Take her shipment away from the Broncos and look what happened to the champs!

    🙂

  70. savethebs says: Jan 6, 2017 3:32 PM

    No Jon Robinson for Exec of the Year? Dude has made magnificent moves in Year 1 & the Titans went from 3-13 to 9-7 & beat 5 teams that are in the playoffs.

  71. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jan 6, 2017 3:33 PM

    steelcurtainn says:
    Jan 6, 2017 3:07 PM

    Big Ben, AB and Leveon Bell for superbowl mvp.


    If that’s the case then Dr Rydze would definitely have to be MVP.

    🙂

  72. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Jan 6, 2017 3:34 PM

    Executive of the year is CLEARLY Rick Spielman of every offseason champ the Minnesota Vikings.
    Let’s look at Rick Spielman’s 1st round WR picks.

    1. Percy Harvin

    2. Cordarrelle Patterson

    3. Laquon Treadwell
    Hmm, were Patterson and Treadwell on IR?

  73. pryrates2020 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:34 PM

    Coach of the year has to be BB after getting them through the Brady suspension.

  74. luvpeytonmanning says: Jan 6, 2017 3:37 PM

    Von Miller not even mentioned someone must hate the Bronco’s

  75. jimnsota says: Jan 6, 2017 3:38 PM

    Can the Vikings at least get the best Protest award?

  76. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Jan 6, 2017 3:38 PM

    Executive of the year is CLEARLY Rick Spielman. Let’s look at Rick Spielman’s 1st round WR picks.

    1. Percy Harvin

    2. Cordarrelle Patterson

    3. Laquon Treadwell
    Were they all on IR or something?

  77. philtration says: Jan 6, 2017 3:39 PM

    Jordan Howard should have at least gotten a mention.
    Once he got to start he played behind a line that has a rookie Center, no OTs and no TE.
    Then he was lined up with a slew of 3rd and 4th string WRs and an emergency QB forced into action after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stringers were lost for the year.
    Everyone in the world knew you just had to stop Howard yet they could not.

    More impressive season that Elliott.

  78. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jan 6, 2017 3:39 PM

    Brady is 39 year old. Was wrongfully accused of something that clearly happened naturally and is still in the MVP conversation after missing 4 games. Think about that for a second. He is the GOAT. Really, that’s all that matters at this point.


    If and when 🙂 the Patriots win the Super Bowl all fans no matter who their team is should eagerly look forward to seeing #LyinRoger take the walk of shame over the GOAT to hand him the trophy.

    Seeing Kurt Warner do it last year was priceless! Gotta give him credit though for doing it.

    🙂

  79. kc571 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:40 PM

    Maybe it’s my Kool Aid, but Reid and Dorsey of the Chiefs have done a great job too. No Charles or Houston for the year. Maclin has been hurt too.
    They’ve lost a few linemen here and there. They’ve lost Howard and Bailey on their DLine. They had no second corner for most of the year. Then they find this other guy in Mitchell that PFF has been rating very highly. They had the guts to draft Tyreek Hill. Chris Jones has been a beast too. Yeah, he’s another rookie.

    Yeah, they’ve gotten lucky in a few games. But in the end, you play and win what’s on your schedule. They are the number two seed with Alex Smith, Spencer Ware, and no true number 1 WR.

    The management has done a good job drafting, scouring the waiver wire, and putting the team in a good position to win.

  80. elyasm says: Jan 6, 2017 3:40 PM

    Tom Brady should be MVP. Anyone with half a brain and a passing familiarity with science knows that Deflategate was a complete crock. 28 TDs with only two picks is a legendary performance, made all the more impressive with the loss of Gronk mid-year.

    Ryan has too many losses, and particularly losses that are directly attributable to his interceptions, to win. Rogers sucked too much in the beginning of the year to win just because he got hot late.

  81. Footballfanz says: Jan 6, 2017 3:42 PM

    niners816 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 2:11 PM

    You clearly dont watch football. The reason tom brady plays at his age is because he never throws the ball more than 8 yds, he never drops back so he almost never gets hits. If tom brady was a professional baseball player- he’d be the guy bunting every single at bat. yes you make a lot of contact and almost never strike out- but no your not a good batter because you can bunt. Both back ups who stepped into his place put up STELLAR performances, proving toms not the only one who can throw easy slants and screens- anyone can.

  82. Footballfanz says: Jan 6, 2017 3:46 PM

    blessedunliketherest says:
    Jan 6, 2017 3:30 PM

    Lets see: the NFL, an investigator, JUDGES and everyone outside of boston knows tom cheated. But because boston fans think he didnt then he didnt??? I guess if boston ppl think hernandez is innocent then he is right? The dude cheated flat out. The ONLY reason he plays well still is b/c his career was built on short screens or slants, 2 step drops and quick releases so he almost never gets hit. Both back ups that stepped into his spot dominated- proving tom brady IS replaceable lol. When peyton went down that team won 3 games in indy, when he left broncos they went from SB winners to not even in the playoffs. When brady goes does they dont miss a beat. Going 3-1, with 0 int’s all with a back up and an injured, rookie third string qb. Among QB’s, matt ryan has the highest Rating, JIMMY GAROPPOLO has the second lol. Tom’s backup has a better rating than him LOL.

  83. Martin says: Jan 6, 2017 3:47 PM

    Somehow, the Colts will hang a banner anyway

  84. jr4real says: Jan 6, 2017 3:50 PM

    Gase. Not close.

  85. madderstork says: Jan 6, 2017 3:56 PM

    You guys spent 14 years ragging on the Raiders as the losingest culture in football, justifiably so. Now Jack goes 12-4, 19-13 in 2 years taking over a 3-13 team, and he doesn’t even make your short list?!? Puh-leeze.

  86. teal379 says: Jan 6, 2017 3:56 PM

    I can’t give Brady MVP – not because he missed 4 games but because his team was 3-1 and no INT’s without him in those 4 games.

    Hard to say that you’re the most valuable when your team goes .750 winning without you.

  87. soflaken says: Jan 6, 2017 3:59 PM

    Gase (1) or Del Rio (2) for COY, no other choices. Period.

    Gase took a 1-4 team that was left for dead, stocked with good, but not great, talent. They lost several of their key starters on both sides of the ball early on, and looked to be headed for another mediocre season. In fact, most preseason predictions had them at anywhere from 3-5 wins this season. Yet Gase got them to close out the year winning 9 of their final 11, finished 10-6 and got into the playoffs.

    As for Del Rio, although a lot of those preseason forecasts had them winning 8-10 games, to just miss the division title and finish at 11-5 is a solid job of coaching, worthy of consideration for COY honors.

    Garrett is a figurehead surrounded by such experienced, high-priced assistants that he doesn’t need to be anything more than that. If he doesn’t have Elliott and Prescott fall into his lap, the ‘Boys are headed for another mediocre season. As for the Pats, they have such deep talent that everyone knew, even with Brady being suspended four games, that they’d come out smelling like a rose at the end of the season. Belichick could set that team in cruise control and they’ll still win 11 games at worst.

  88. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 6, 2017 4:00 PM

    There’s a couple boxes of participant ribbons for the Viking players.

  89. factschecker says: Jan 6, 2017 4:01 PM

    Seems odd to have an offensive player of the year be guy X
    and the MVP be an offensive player and it’s not also X.

    That seems contradictory to to have two different people for that.

  90. tedmurph says: Jan 6, 2017 4:01 PM

    I’m sure Brady and Belichick are consoling each other, after sobbing uncontrollably about being passed over for these types of awards. When they’re as great as these two, they just accomplish what everyone expects them to. Ho hum. There’s only one award those two are interested in.

  91. helldog33 says: Jan 6, 2017 4:01 PM

    Gase gets the “Making chicken salad out of chicken sh!t” Award. (COTY would be fine too)

  92. themage78 says: Jan 6, 2017 4:04 PM

    vikesfan320 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 2:17 PM

    Good list. Only one I disagree with is Executive. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think the Jones’ should get Executives of the year. Lots of great drafting to build the leagues best O-line, found solid players on defense, and two home runs with Zeke and Dak. If they don’t draft Zeke and Dak, they basically replay last year with Romo out and they go 6-10 at best. Lots of naysayers on the night they picked Zeke, lots of crickets now.

    Coach is also a toss-up, the three you listed plus Del Rio and Quinn could all be in the mix, but any one of those guys is deserving.
    ———————————————————–
    They so lucked into Dak it’s not funny. They were trying to get Paxton Lynch. And it’s not hard to draft good linemen when the top guy in 2011 (Tyron Smith) drops to you at pick 9. They’ve been lucky more than good.

  93. aypeeswhippingstick says: Jan 6, 2017 4:07 PM

    Best complete collapse of 2016, we’re looking at you Minnesota!

  94. solo681 says: Jan 6, 2017 4:08 PM

    I see there are many people who are very afraid of TB the GOAT winning #5

    All they can do is stand in the corner and cry cheater, in between sucking their thumbs and holding tightly their little Goodel doll.

  95. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 6, 2017 4:08 PM

    How is the packers secondary not on the ballot for offensive poy?

  96. eballa1 says: Jan 6, 2017 4:14 PM

    Michael Thomas should have been a runner up for OROTY

  97. dvdman123 says: Jan 6, 2017 4:22 PM

    Matt Ryan had better seasons when the Falcons finished 13-3. They were 11-5 this season, nothing crow about to be honest.

  98. fmckenney says: Jan 6, 2017 4:23 PM

    DPOY… I understand everyone is totally in awe of Khalil Mack…but sacks are usually dominated by OLB and DE, Vic Beasley lead the NFL with 15.5, Mack was 4th of the DE with 11 and finally Wagner was #1 for MLB with 4.5.
    Converserly, tackles are usually dominated by LB’s and to a lesser extent DTs. Wagner, MLB, lead the NFL with 167 tackles,(2nd most was 149) Mack had 73 and Beasley had 39.
    Everyone can draw their own conclusion but I ,for one, believe that Wagners year was easily number one.

  99. h0metownzero says: Jan 6, 2017 4:23 PM

    Short Pass Master Sam Bradford won an early vacation.

  100. ProFootballRealignment says: Jan 6, 2017 4:27 PM

    The real MVP should be the entire starting Offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys.

  101. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jan 6, 2017 4:29 PM

    teal379 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 3:56 PM

    I can’t give Brady MVP – not because he missed 4 games but because his team was 3-1 and no INT’s without him in those 4 games.

    Hard to say that you’re the most valuable when your team goes .750 winning without you.
    —–
    Three things.

    1) Joe Montana won MVP in 1989 playing only 13 games… and I believe his 49ers went 3-0 without him. I’m not sayin… I’m just sayin. 🙂

    2) Pats scored 0 against the Bills at home without Brady. Pats scored 41 against the Bills in their home stadium WITH Brady. Hmmm.. what changed? 🙂

    3) They were not finishing the season 11-1 had Brady remained out.

    Any questions?

    🙂

  102. arwiv says: Jan 6, 2017 4:50 PM

    The Giants havent been slighted. The team hasnt done anything yet and the defense has only done it for one year. Like snacks said when he didnt make the pro-bowl, “I havent earned the respect of me fellow players yet.” Best response ever.

  103. las0023 says: Jan 6, 2017 4:56 PM

    Which games would the Patriots have lost if Jimmy G had started the other 12? The guy’s good for at least 23-30 points a game.

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    Lyinrogermustgo:
    They were not finishing the season 11-1 had Brady remained out.

  104. irishstout says: Jan 6, 2017 5:01 PM

    MVP has to mean something other than “best player” or in the modern NFL it just becomes redundant with Offensive POY. They are two different awards for two different things. Offensive and Defensive POY are the “Best” offensive or defensive player.

    MVP is Most Valuable Player, not “Best” player, and I would define value in terms of winning. Here are the criteria I would use.

    1. The team must be in the playoffs. If value is relative to winning, and the team didn’t make the playoffs by definition it didn’t win enough.

    2. We should all be fairly certain that the team would not have made the playoffs except for the MVP.

    3. Of those that meet #1 and #2, did they do something spectacular, was there a “Wow” factor beyond the ordinary that put the team in that position? Compare.

    As good as Brady is, at this point GOAT, he fails #2. The Pats wouldn’t be the 1 seed without him, but I absolutely think they are still a playoff team. Ditto Zeke or Dak (though maybe not both, but it isn’t a shared award).

    I seriously doubt the Falcons are a playoff team without Ryan, and I think everyone is certain that the Packers and Raiders aren’t without Rodgers and Carr. I like Carr a lot, but I think the “Wow” factor comes down to Ryan’s Terminator-like regular season consistency in production vs. Rodgers’ “Run the Table” Babe Ruth impersonation.

    Honestly, I can see an argument for either one so to my mind it’s personal taste at that point.

  105. carloswlassiter says: Jan 6, 2017 5:02 PM

    I vote for Gase – he did a lot with what he was given.

  106. LyinRogerMustGo says: Jan 6, 2017 5:20 PM

    las0023 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 4:56 PM

    Which games would the Patriots have lost if Jimmy G had started the other 12? The guy’s good for at least 23-30 points a game.

    —-
    Except he was injured so their QB in the short term was Jacoby Brissett who was also injured and it certainly showed in that 16-0 loss to the Bills.

    Probably would have had to sign some JAG veteran in the meantime who certainly wasn’t going to be playing great football. Therefore looking at their schedule they most likely lose to Pittsburgh, Buffalo again, Seahawks. They probably beat only one of Ravens, Bengals and Jets so that’s 10-6.

    If you do the math, 10-6 loses the division and makes them the #6 seed. At best. Lose another one and they miss the playoffs.

    Certainly a big drop off from where they are now with the MVP candidate Tom Brady. 🙂

  107. jbaxt says: Jan 6, 2017 5:22 PM

    Jack Fisher, or is it Jeff Del Rio, doesn’t compare to his AFC West counter part Andy Reid. Andy took out a broom and swept “arguably” the best division in football. A perfect 6-0, did any other team do that?

  108. hawkforlife says: Jan 6, 2017 5:29 PM

    Bobby Wagner. A truly great season.

  109. exinsidetrader says: Jan 6, 2017 5:37 PM

    No team takes any coach over BB for a single game or a season. He is Coach the Year.

    Just about every team takes Brady over “Matty Nice” for a big game. He is MVP.

  110. u4iadman says: Jan 6, 2017 5:42 PM

    Remember pats cheat.

  111. babygaga19 says: Jan 6, 2017 5:44 PM

    You forgot the Cheater Champions Crown. This year the Co-Champions were Shady and Belicheat.

  112. chieffanforlifehelpme says: Jan 6, 2017 5:46 PM

    Landon Collins and Eric Berry should be in the top 3 for Defensive Player of the Year…and John Dorsey should be Executive of the Year. Look at his draft (Jones and Hill), look at the holes he had to keep plugging on the defense after Bailey, Howard and DJ went down, plus with Houston out for all but 4 games, no Charles and they never missed a beat.

  113. babygaga19 says: Jan 6, 2017 5:50 PM

    You guys spent 14 years ragging on the Raiders as the losingest culture in football, justifiably so. Now Jack goes 12-4, 19-13 in 2 years taking over a 3-13 team, and he doesn’t even make your short list?!? Puh-leeze.
    _____________________________________
    Fat Jack is about as smart as a bottle of Jim Beam. He doesnt know who calls the plays or why they are being called and has limited cognitive game time ability. He is a Bufoon!

  114. babygaga19 says: Jan 6, 2017 5:53 PM

    Convicted Cheetahs should never be MVPs. Come on man, that is so messed up to think otherwise! Of course New England has always loved their Kennedys.

  115. RE LEE says: Jan 6, 2017 6:41 PM

    Look at the haters… Still fuming even though the Patriots are losers in this empty competition. BB and TB12 are in a league of their own and you haters know it.
    That being said, watch out for the Falcons. They don’t get a lot of write ups but they are a pretty good team. The Cowboys are a clear favorite but the Falcons can deliver an upset. They just plod along quietly.

  116. dagon27 says: Jan 6, 2017 6:52 PM

    Mr. Florio, can you please do a similar “worst of” or “least valuable” list? I am being selfish and want to see my team mentioned for stuff. Thanks.

  117. cakesw says: Jan 6, 2017 7:22 PM

    He won’t get the award because he played for a team that had a down year, but..

    David Johnson was the best NFL player I saw this season. Ran behind a makeshift line,consistently made people miss…

    And was virtually uncoverable in the passing game, by anybody (LB, S, CB) He was like a normal catching screens. He ran the entire route tree

  118. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 6, 2017 8:02 PM

    Bill Belichick has had the Pats Consistently a #1 or #2 seed for the last 10+ years as well as the best record in all football many times too, yet he’s only won the award 3 times in the last 15 years. It’s sort of sad that because he’s so good and ‘expected’ to be good year in and year out that he doesn’t win more, same goes for Brady really. People want something ‘different’ and it isn’t fun giving repeat awards.

    Sept 2016 – Brady suspended 4 games for playing with footballs outside basically.
    -“haha, the pats are going to go 0-4 without Brady, you guys are going to get to see life without Brady, ha ha”

    Pats go 3-1.

    “Well Belichick is the best coach so this isn’t that impressive”
    “Look at who they played”
    “See, Brady isn’t even that good, his back ups put up the same numbers”
    “It’s the system, a high schooler could win 10 games in that offense”

    Haters are funny….or should I call them privileged whiny losers, where’s my binky!?!? Waaaah

  119. eglsfan says: Jan 6, 2017 8:03 PM

    PFT fans……please send Excedrin to these geniuses….that had to make their head hurt

  120. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 6, 2017 8:51 PM

    Best bandwagon fans that disappeared after week two and didn’t return until week 15: green bay packer fans

  121. brendafortheboyz says: Jan 6, 2017 9:21 PM

    Wow! I approve this message 🙂

  122. discodonniethetrumpettes says: Jan 6, 2017 9:56 PM

    Brady destroyed evidence during an investigation that covered his phone. That’s enough to imply a guilty mind. Bart Starr never destroyed evidence. Neither did Aaron Rodgers. Then again Lombardi was never caught cheating….neither was McCarthy. But Belichick? The Pats have plenty of warts from ownership to the trainers.

  123. johngaltwho says: Jan 7, 2017 12:16 AM

    and the skoltrolls continue to weigh in with their hatred for everything Packers….

    With all the uncertainty in the world, its nice to know you can count on two things year after year – The Vikings will disappoint their fans, and their fans will annoy everyone else.

  124. crazygamercaden says: Jan 7, 2017 12:58 AM

    Garrett took a 4-12 team to 13-3 and the best in the league, Great choice for coach of the year.

  125. nepatriot1 says: Jan 7, 2017 7:59 AM

    Footballfanz says:
    Jan 6, 2017 3:42 PM
    niners816 says:
    Jan 6, 2017 2:11 PM

    You clearly dont watch football. The reason tom brady plays at his age is because he never throws the ball more than 8 yds, he never drops back so he almost never gets hits. If tom brady was a professional baseball player- he’d be the guy bunting every single at bat. yes you make a lot of contact and almost never strike out- but no your not a good batter because you can bunt. Both back ups who stepped into his place put up STELLAR performances, proving toms not the only one who can throw easy slants and screens- anyone can.
    ———————–
    Poor, confused troll.
    A quarterbacks greatness is not how he wins, but that he wins and no one does it better than Brady. You don’t score 9 points when throwing jump balls down the field and praying your guy comes down with the ball. They all count for 6.

  126. orrnumberfour says: Jan 7, 2017 8:57 AM

    Brady got suspended for doing something every qb does – the only people who continue to call Brady a cheater can’t deal with his success

    ________________

    First part of your sentence is wrong. Brady did not “do” anything. He was suspended wrongfully as the result of a fraudulent witch hunt that jealous owners ordered Goodell to carry out for them while they, as the cowards they are, get to remain anonymous, and Goodell gets to cash ridiculous pay checks.

  127. fmckenney says: Jan 7, 2017 11:42 AM

    While I’m a big Wagner fan, comparing Beasleys performance to Von Millers is simply a no contest. Beasley is a one trick pony with 15.5 sacks, but Von Miller had 13.5 sacks with exactly twice as many tackles…this year Miller is a more complete and accomplished player than Beasley.

  128. rgorr44 says: Jan 7, 2017 11:40 PM

    Brady – 28-2 td:int ratio is NFL record w/ no Gronk. 11-1 team record. Does anyone really believe Ryan or Rodgers played better when looking at full body of work? MVP Brady should not be penalized because of an orchestrated sham by Goodell and his henchmen.

  129. florio4prez says: Jan 8, 2017 4:49 AM

    Offensive player of the year: Cardinals running back David Johnson. (Runners-up: Falcon quarterback Matt Ryan, Saints quarterback Drew Brees.)
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    DJ and Brees had great years on losing teams, but somehow that’s better than LBell’s great year on a Division Title team.

    Gotcha.

  130. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 10, 2017 9:33 PM

    Mack is just keeping the DPOY warm till JJ gets back

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