MVP: I hated making this pick. Not fair to leave either Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers off the MVP trophy, but I was told only one vote. I took Aaron Rodgers. About half the interceptions and beat Brees head-to-head. It will be hard to explain to my grandchildren (one day) why I didn't vote for the guy that shattered all the passing records.
Offensive Player of the Year: Tom Brady....Just kidding. Drew Brees was easy. Brees is probably the best player in the league right now. So why isn't he the MVP? The Saints didn't score a TD from the 1 yard line against the Packers on the last play of the game in the first game of the year. Otherwise, the teams' records would have been the same and I would have voted for Brees. Pretty lame huh? Tom Brady must be thinking what else do I have to do? He overcame his own defense all year.
Coach of the Year: I almost voted for Marvin Lewis, but Jim Harbaugh was just too good in his first year. Plus, Clem had to eat crow about Alex Smith and Ted Ginn....what more could I ask.
Comeback Player of the Year: Matthew Stafford. 5,000 yards and the playoffs for the Lions in his first healthy season. Pretty impressive.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Von Miller. Almost took a flier on Patrick Peterson, who I think is already a star, but settled for the guy that I thought was the best player in the draft. Aldon Smith made me pause too. Broncos are in the playoffs due to their defense, and Von Miller dragged them there.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Cam Newton. I am still stunned by what he accomplished this year. The league has an uncertain future at QB because of the way he played. Sorry Big Red.
Defensive Player of the Year: Jared Allen. Another tough call. I think I would have voted for Patrick Willis if he had finished the year healthy, but 22 sacks on a bad team that rarely forced the other team to throw is pretty impressive.
As usual, feel free to pick it apart. I still feel a little dirty about the MVP choice. Amazing that Matt Flynn's performance actually made me hesitate as much as Drew Brees' records.