PFT’s 2017 awards

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The official NFL awards for the 2017 season will be unveiled the night before the Super Bowl, long after the point at which anyone cares. When it comes to the official PFT awards, no one cares right now.

So why wait?

As always, I seek input from the full PFT staff. As always, blame them if you don’t like the decisions reflected below.

By the way, we’ve added a few categories this year. Which gives you a few more things to not care about.

Offensive rookie of the year: Saints running back Alvin Kamara. (Runners-up: Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.)

Defensive rookie of the year: Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. (Runners-up: Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.)

Special-teams rookie of the year: Eagles kicker Jake Elliott. (Runners-up: Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker, Bears running back Tarik Cohen.)

Offensive player of the year: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. (Runners-up: Rams running back Todd Gurley, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.)

Defensive player of the year: Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. (Runners-up: Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell, Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones.)

Special-teams player of the year: Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein. (Runners-up: Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, Rams punter Johnny Hekker.)

Assistant coach of the year: Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. (Runners-up: Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Rams special-teams coordinator John Fassel.)

Coach of the year: Rams coach Sean McVay. (Runner-up: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, Patriots coach Bill Belichick.)

Comeback player of the year: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen. (Runners-up: Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, Rams running back Todd Gurley.)

Executive of the year: Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis/assistant G.M. Jeff Ireland. (Runners-up: Eagles executive V.P. of football operations Howie Roseman, Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman.)

MVP: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (Runners-up: Rams running back Todd Gurley, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.)

And that’s it. Thank you and good night.

93 responses to “PFT’s 2017 awards

  1. “Executive of the year: Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis/assistant G.M. Jeff Ireland.”

    Ireland, yes. Loomis? Hahahaha!!! All he does is write the contracts.

  2. I would have thought John lynch would have earned at least a runner up for gm by snagging Jimmy garappolo from the patriots for a 2nd round pick

  3. The underrated part of Brady’s career stats in the playoffs is that he almost always has 1st round bye? Meaning he plays less playoff games per season then typical QBs.

  4. Harrison Smith is the DPOY and that’s not even debatable. It seems like just yesterday my fellow Pack fans were claiming HaHa was just as good or better than Smith. That’s probably why nobody respects our fan base.

  5. how is Myles Garrett a Def Rookie of the Year runner up over TJ Watt (who had superior numbers and had to do more in the defense than Garrett)

  6. I just don’t understand how Antonio brown can still be in the running, but not wentz. People exclude wentz because he got injured and missed a few games. How much longer did brown play than carson? Like one full quarter?

  7. The Doug Marrone-coached team had the same record turnaround as McVay and is still playing football. Definitely not top 3, though. If only he was as young and good-looking as Hollywood Sean.

  8. corey davis the #5 pick not even mentioned as rookie of year? yep he shouldnt be…man up corey…prove urself a 5 pick at new england or let the bust talk flow

  9. Keenum had a really good year, no doubt, but to be in the running for comeback player of the year, you have to come back from being good. This is his first year of doing anything.

  10. How could Case Keenum be runner up for Comeback Player of the Year? He’s never had a great season before and he didn’t have an injury. He could be a candidate for Breakout Player of the Year, but he didn’t come back from anything.

  11. The MVP award needs to be split in two: MVP and MVQ (Most Valuable Quarterback). It’s rare that a non-quarterback wins the award, and there certainly have been years where the award should have been given to a player other than a quarterback. None of the Cowboys’ offensive line players were even mentioned last year as MVP candidates. They should have been.

  12. Afer all the talk of Gurley or brown for mvp and you choose bradey?
    You’d fall right in lock step with the other mvp voters if even given the opportunity.

  13. I think Donald is more hype, but less of a game wrecker as Calais Campbell.

    I think saints would’ve succeeded without Kamara to a greater extent than KC would’ve without Hunt, but it’s still a great choice.

    I just think Brady was average at the end of the season, and got away with it because of his horrid division. A couple missed games doesn’t eliminate Wentz or AB for me. And Gurley made everything work for the Rams… another argument against a Rams’ DPOY too.. that team was carried by Gurley and not their D.

  14. Doug Pederson is Coach of the Year – hands down. McKay getting love because he’s young. So what? Pederson did the best job – leading his team from last place to best record in the league, overcoming several crucial injuries in the process, with 2nd year QB and newcomers at many key positions. And did so in the toughest fanbase/media town in the league.

  15. How you can be 3rd as Offensive Player of Year, not the best QB this year stats wise, but yet the Most Valuable Player of the entire league baffles me. Drew Brees has higher completion %, more yrds per attempt, & better QB rating.

    Although Brees had better running game to lean on, he still had more completions than Brady with less attempts. Not saying Brees deserve MVP but Brady sure doesnt, and this comes from a Falcon fan that cant stand the Saints. Just tired of the #tombradyprivilege

  16. So the guy with the best season from the most important position is not even mentioned solely because he missed 3 games ? The fact that all the nfc playoff teams can’t wait to get a crack at the Eagles proves who the MVP of the league is . Also, how is AB, as great as he is, a runner up (and not Wentz) when he missed 1 less game at a much less valuable position?

  17. So the coach of the team with the best record (until a meaningless final game ) despite starters all over the field is not even mentioned ? Be better PFT. I know he doesn’t have a cute manicured beard, and he doesn’t call the plays for his qb as he races to the line , but what Pederson did this year gets completely overlooked . Just because he looks like a guy who owns a trampoline store doesn’t mean he’s not a hell of a coach

  18. Solid list. I have a hard time arguing with most of them. Rams are getting a lot of love but I think the Jags could use some too. The Tom Coughlin Effect is real.

    Everyone should wish they had Aaron Donald on their favorite team. I wish he was on mine.

  19. Honorable mention, the endless drivel no one cared about but PFT couldn’t let go… the story of the year no one truly cared about….

    Where will Kap get signed…..

  20. I would put Gronk up there in come back player of the year….. He did have back surgery last December. I think he had had a pretty good and healthy year

  21. You mean Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster and TJ Watt of the Steelers don’t even get a mention for the rookie awards?! And how about Mike Tomlin holding the Steelers together through a lot of drama this season to go 13-3?

  22. If the MVP is an offensive player then he logically must also be the “offensive player of the year”. Ditto for defense.

    WRT the idea of “MVP” he must be a QB unless a team had such a good backup they could lose a pro-bowl quality QB without it causing any problems. But what about Brown or Gurley? They might be the “most outstanding” i.e. their performance was the best at their position and had the greatest gap between them and the next player. This could be determined by converting key stats to percentages.

    Obviously the PFT choice of them as 2nd and 3rd MVP is illogical or were Brees, Rothlesberger, Wilson, Wentz and Ryan less valuable to their teams?

  23. Not a lot to argue with here except no mention of Carson Wentz in the MVP discussion. How quickly we forget. He only missed two games, you know, kind of like Antonio Brown.

  24. How can you not have Eagles head coach Doug Pederson not even a runner up for coach of the year? 13-2 (last game against cowgirls don’t count). He lost his all pro LT, pro bowl rb Darren Sproles, starting MLB Jordan Hicks and continued to roll to a 13 win season. Further, look at the Eagles offense w/o Carson Wentz. How can he not be a runner up for offensive player of the year. He missed 3 games, in two games (Denver and Chicago) he did not even play in the fourth quarter because the Eagles were ahead by so much) yet he had 33 TD’s 7 interceptions. Only Russel Wilson who played in every game had 1 more TD than Wentz for the year. Complete joke!

  25. Coach of the Year, Sean McVay ?

    I thought we had it directly from Jeff Fisher that the Rams’ success has nothing to do with McVay, nothing to do with Goff finally getting playing time under a new coach, and everything to do with the great foundation Fisher laid while there.

    It seems these days, everyone is entitled to their own reality, which is why Fisher seems to consider himself a very stable genius.

  26. Kareem Hunt: Rushing attempts 272; 1327 yds; 8 TDS; 4.9 ypc; Receiving Yds: 455 3 TDS (combine 1782 yds, 11 TDS) (Lead NFL in rushing yrds & broken tackles)(2x Rookie of the Month)

    Alvin Kamara: Rushing attempts 120; 728 yds; 8 TDS; 6.1 ypc; Receiving yds: 826 5 TDS (combine 1554 yds; 13 TDS) (25th in rushing)(1x Rookie of the month)

    Kareem clearly has the better numbers and the rewards…Kareem should be Rookie of the Year period.

  27. How is Doug Marrone not an honorable mention for COY? He essentially won as many games in his first year as HC as Gus Bradley won in 4!

  28. toolfan74 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 1:50 am
    How in the world is Doug Marrone not at least a runner up for COY?
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    Because to be COY you first have to play the role of a Coach. Marrone has run out on players before, therefore he’s no Coach. Coaches are not supposed to desert their players, $$ or no $$. Marrone is just a statue on the sideline that they refer to as “Coach SMS” nothing else.

  29. professionalfootballfan says:
    January 9, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Surprised that Harrison Smith wasn’t even a runner up for DPOY. Safeties get no love. SKOL Vikings!!!!

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    Smith will get his due recognition- and for something that actually matters.

  30. To all of the ‘Steeler Haters’ out there, just check Smith-Shuster’s numbers this year in 14 games, and see if you can honestly say he doesn’t deserve mention for Rookie Of the Year.
    For that matter, check Watt’s as well.

  31. I think if Zimmer advances to the Super Bowl and/or wins it….he has to be coach of the year. McVay was a nice story, but man did he look overmatched in the playoffs.

  32. How you can be 3rd as Offensive Player of Year, not the best QB this year stats wise, but yet the Most Valuable Player of the entire league baffles me. Drew Brees has higher completion %, more yrds per attempt, & better QB rating.

    Although Brees had better running game to lean on, he still had more completions than Brady with less attempts. Not saying Brees deserve MVP but Brady sure doesnt, and this comes from a Falcon fan that cant stand the Saints. Just tired of the #tombradyprivilege
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    Let’s pump the brakes a little bit here. Yes, Brees had 1 more completion then Brady (386 vs. 385) and his rating was one % point higher. You are leaving out the fact that Brady had 240 more yards, 9 more TDs, the same number of INTs, and two more wins. When you line everything up, Brady was far and away the best QB this year. Wentz was right there with him before he went down, but those things happen. Brees had a great year. Brady had a better year.

  33. Jaylon Smith = Comeback player of the year, to make it back after his awful injury in CFB from a couple years ago and play this year… wow, that’s a come back, not Case Keenum, heck even Teddy Bridgewater was more of a comeback that Case.

  34. So…Doug Pederson finishes with the best record in the NFL, outcoaches and beats McVay head-to-head in LA and does it all with a team that was decimated with injuries. So explain to me again why McCay should be Coach of the Year over Pederson? You could make an argument for Zimmer because he also finished better than the Rams and had significant injuries as well. But McVay? I’m very interested in hearing a valid argument for him over Pederson OR Zimmer.

  35. Soooo, rookie Jamal Agnew is a first team All-Pro with two touchdown returns but didn’t make your top three for Special Teams ROY? ….and Darius Slay leads the league with 8 picks, is also a first team All-Pro but doesn’t make your top 3 for DPOY? I give up…

  36. Kareem clearly has the better numbers and the rewards…Kareem should be Rookie of the Year period.
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    Kamara split time and still posted similar numbers to Kareem. The difference is Kamara broke the NFL record with 7.7 yards per touch.

  37. The way that Vikings fans talk up their team and coach, you’d think that they should go 16-0. So Mike Zimmer really underachieved and should not be a coach of the year candidate.

  38. COMPLETE JOKE THAT WENTZ ISNT MVP OR AT LEAST AN HONORABLE MENTION AND ALSO A COMPLETE JOKE PEDERSON ISNT COACH OF THE YEAR OR AT LEAST AN HONORABKE MENTION.

  39. How can Antonio Brown be runner up for the MVP and not Carson Wentz? Antonio Brown got hurt to and missed the rest of the regular season. Carson Wentz pretty much locked up his team as the number 1 seed in the NFC. Still has more TDs then Brady, and not to mention if you go by eye test he was by far the best player in the NFL this year. Ya he missed 3 games, So did Joe Montana. Just admit you people are biased against Philly. I can respect honesty.

  40. kurdishpats1 says:

    January 9, 2018 at 12:02 am

    The underrated part of Brady’s career stats in the playoffs is that he almost always has 1st round bye? Meaning he plays less playoff games per season then typical QBs.
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    This might be the stupidest post I’ve ever seen on PFT (and that’s saying a lot). Only yesterday, PFT posted an article showing that Brady holds the career record for most playoff games played:

    “Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play in his NFL-record 35th career postseason game on Saturday, adding to a long list of his playoff records …Brady’s Patriots are 25-9 in the games he’s started; no other quarterback has been on the winning team more than 16 times…”

    Keep trying though.

  41. djvh2 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 12:57 am
    Keenum had a really good year, no doubt, but to be in the running for comeback player of the year, you have to come back from being good. This is his first year of doing anything.
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    Quote of the day: “you have to come back from being good”

    Love this!!

  42. hippstuff says:
    January 9, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Another category could be Biggest Breakout Year for a PLayer… for that, I nominate Adam Thielen, Vikings.
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    I’d say Thielen broke out last year and just continued the progression this year. Keenum is a better choice as Breakout Player of the Year.

  43. Actually, Hunt had 120+ more attempts and Kamara was only 232 yards behind him. In addition, Kamara won 6 record Rookie of the Week Awards, Hunt won 1. Also, Kamara made NFL history 3 times this season, I believe Hunt set one NFL record. And BTW, Kamara was consistent all year, Hunt disappeared in the middle. It’s Kamra’s to lose…

  44. Wentz: Second overall pick
    Goff: First overall pick
    Gurley: First overall pick
    Brady: Hall of Famer and winner of many SB’s

    Keenum: Undrafted Free Agent on a 1 year $2 mil contract
    Cook: Injured and out since week 4
    Vikings: Backups at QB and RB all year long.

    Tell me again who the coach of the year is. The guy that’s working with two first overall picks at two key positions on offense, or the guy coaching undrafted free agent backups on offense and has the #1 rated defense?

    The Vikings also are tied with the best record in the NFL at 13-3. And, even though it allegedly doesn’t matter, the Rams already lost in the playoffs.

    Coach Zimmer is the Coach of the Year. It’s not even close.

  45. Rdog says:

    January 9, 2018 at 11:22 am

    The way that Vikings fans talk up their team and coach, you’d think that they should go 16-0. So Mike Zimmer really underachieved and should not be a coach of the year candidate.
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    13-3 with the backup QB and RB’s. How about your team???

  46. No way McVay should be Coach of the Year over Doug Pederson. Completely ridiculous. Pederson led his team to a better record, secured the top seed, beat McVay’s team, and succeeded despite way more critical injuries than the Rams. Pederson has simply accomplished more this season with a higher degree of difficulty.

  47. kurdishpats1 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 12:02 am
    The underrated part of Brady’s career stats in the playoffs is that he almost always has 1st round bye? Meaning he plays less playoff games per season then typical QBs.
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    Typical QBs don’t make the playoffs. I know math is hard. Is that you posting on PFT again, Gronk?

  48. Vikings fans, can u really say your team is playing with their backup qb when there’s a qb that’s supposedly ahead of keenum on the depth chart who is healthy enough to play, yet is still on their bench?
    That’s like saying the patriots have won 5 super bowls with their backup qb tom Brady. Get over yourselves. I’d be willing to bet that the eagles starters have missed more games than the vikings. You guys throw that backup qb thing around in every article posted. Keenum has basically played the whole season. He’s no longer your backup.

  49. steelerdeathstar says:

    January 9, 2018 at 10:02 am

    To all of the ‘Steeler Haters’ out there, just check Smith-Shuster’s numbers this year in 14 games, and see if you can honestly say he doesn’t deserve mention for Rookie Of the Year.
    For that matter, check Watt’s as well.
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    Carl Lawson had more sacks than TJ Watt and played half as many snaps as he did. If Lawson played a full season, he’d be in the running for DROY ahead of Watt.

  50. getakluwe says:
    January 9, 2018 at 12:42 am
    Really looking forward to Brady retiring. Sick of seeing his ugly mug.

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    I would feel the same way if I wasn’t a Pats fan.

  51. bird2urmother says:
    January 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    Vikings fans, can u really say your team is playing with their backup qb when there’s a qb that’s supposedly ahead of keenum on the depth chart who is healthy enough to play, yet is still on their bench?
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    That’s the dumbest explanation I’ve ever heard. Case Keenum was never supposed to play this year. That would be Sam Bradford. And, as everybody knows, nobody knew if Teddy would ever play again. Literally in every sense of the word, Keenum is the backup QB, that has played in 15 games.

  52. “Also Kamara made NFL history 3 times this season, I believe Hunt set one NFL record.”

    Kareem Hunt set the NFL record for most scrimmage yards by a player in his debut, most consecutive games with 100+ scrimmage yards to start a career, most touchdowns of over 50 yards in the first however many games of his career, and some others I don’t even remember. And the consecutive 100+ yardage one you could actually count twice because when he hit six straight games he broke Adrian Peterson’s record of 5 straight, then when he hit 7 straight games he broke his own record of 6.

    Not saying he should be voted ahead of Kamara, and Kamara may have more records too. But Hunt has a lot more than one.

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