PFT’s offensive player of the year


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

79 responses to “PFT’s offensive player of the year

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

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

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

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

    ‘Nuff said.

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

  6. Write-In Vote:

    Tom Brady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Go ahead haters, type away!

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

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

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

    FINISH the playoffs with the same type numbers.

    FINISH drives with touch downs.

    FINISH tight games with winning drives.

    FINISH the Super Bowl with a Victory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    oh and yes Manning is the obvious choice

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