• 2015 Football Pros End of Season Awards

    With the 2015 NFL season now wrapped up with a nice, neat, tidy ribbon, it's time for us here to crown the most deserving players and coaches from the year that was with our totally esteemed and not at all meaningless awards. All of the front page contributors have cast their ballots and I've compiled them down below for the pleasure of your eyeballs. It should be noted that this does not include one Matt Kocsan, who has been gallivanting about Spain and no doubt been getting into many a promiscuous and debauched situation.

    Rich Gapinski Brian Williams Evan Vracar Patrick Sullivan Amy
    Most Valuable Player Cam Newton Cam Newton Carson Palmer Cam Newton Cam Newton
    Off. Player of the Year Russell Wilson Antonio Brown Carson Palmer Adrian Peterson Carson Palmer
    Def. Player of the Year J.J. Watt J.J. Watt Aaron Donald Aaron Donald Josh Norman
    Off. Rookie of the Year Jameis Winston Jameis Winston Todd Gurley Todd Gurley Todd Gurley
    Def. Rookie of the Year Leonard Williams Marcus Peters Ronald Darby Marcus Peters Ronald Darby
    Coach of the Year Ron Rivera Ron Rivera Ron Rivera Ron Rivera Bill Belichick
    Comeback Player of the Year Doug Martin Eric Berry Eric Berry Eric Berry Eric Berry
    Most Improved Player Kawann Short Kirk Cousins Josh Norman Ezekiel Ansah Malcolm Butler

    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      With the announcement by Matt Hasselbeck that he wants to play one more year, does that make him a shoo-in for Comeback Player of the Year next season? Gonna be interesting to see a guy held together by Gorilla Glue and Duct Tape to try and play football when Luck gets hurt again.

      I really thought his retirement was more imminent than Manning's this off-season. Ensure must be a helluva drug.
    1. Brian Williams's Avatar
      Pretty sure that Matt is in complete agreement with my list, so we can probably just double that.

      Without looking at our past predictions, it is probably a bit odd that our tendency is to pick diverging OPOYs and MVPs. Only Evan picked the same for each, and he's the only one who took Carson Palmer as his MVP.

      Had Roethlisberger stayed healthy for a couple more games, AB would have broken many of the receiving records, and would probably have vaulted to the top of my MVP board. Brown was my 2nd choice for MVP, and Cam was my 2nd choice for OPOY.

      From last year to this year, I'm not sure anyone earned more money for himself than Kirk Cousins. It suddenly looks like his ceiling is that of a rich man's in-his-prime Matt Schaub.

      Aaron Donald is this year's Karl Malone to JJ Watt's Michael Jordan. Donald is really, really good. He's still not as good as Watt.

      Doug Martin and Eric Berry are both correct.

      Both Gurley and Winston were deserving. Winston's 16-13 edge in games played was the tie-breaker for me. Plus, Gurley faded significantly following his first 4 starts. But his comeback from ACL surgery was quite remarkable.
    1. Matt Kocsan's Avatar
      I told you guys to be pushy and remind me if I forgot about this, which I totally did. I'll post mine in the comments section in a little bit, after I clean up all these empties and get rid of these women, obviously.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      I don't quite get the Carson Palmer love, but that may be my Bengals/Panthers fan bias coming through. I'll admit that.