Pre Snap Reads End-of-Season Awards
2013 is a wrap, so it’s time to hand out the awards to those who had the most success in the NFL Regular Season.
MVP: Peyton Manning
OPOY: Aaron Rodgers
Manning deserves it, but I’m going to disqualify him from this because he won the M.V.P. (What do you mean that makes no sense? Of course it makes no sense…anyway!)
Yes, he missed time, but before his injury he was playing outstanding football and he played a key role in getting his team to the playoffs when he returned in Week 17. Rodgers is still the most talented quarterback in the NFL, even though Peyton Manning enjoyed the best season of anyone in 2013.
DPOY: Earl Thomas
Richard Sherman is an elite, shutdown cornerback. J.J. Watt is a freak who enjoyed an excellent season. Robert Quinn’s breakout season was incredible and Robert Mathis’ rebounded to heights nobody expected. However…
Earl Thomas was the most valuable defensive player in the NFL and he had the highest impact of anyone on the field in 2013. Thomas fit in the Seattle Seahawks defense was vital for their overall success as a team. His ability to cover a huge amount of space on the back-end allowed the Seahawks to be very aggressive with their front seven and it took pressure off of their cornerbacks.
OROY: Eddie Lacy
There were many running backs from the 2013 class who could have won this award, but Lacy was the most deserving. He vaulted himself from the college level to being one of the best running backs in the NFL with ease.
DROY: Sheldon Richardson
His dominant first half of the season set him up for this award in a season when there weren’t many outstanding candidates.
CPOY: Philip Rivers
I’m giving this to Rivers. I don’t care if he wasn’t hurt. The player on the field this season looked nothing like the one leading the San Diego Chargers under Norv Turner in recent times.
COY: Ron Rivera
Many expected him to be fired and I expected his team to be one of the worst in the NFL. Instead, he brought the Carolina Panthers back to the playoffs by winning the NFC South.
GMOY: Steve Keim
The Arizona Cardinals brought in lots of new faces, including a new coach and new quarterback, and they were the surprise package for many this year. Had they played in any other division, they would probably be preparing for a playoff game right now, but instead they were unfortunate to just miss out as the third best team in the NFC West.