NFL Midseason Awards
The problem with picking a Bears player for DPOY is that there are so many incredible playmakers who contribute to the Bears' defense. Regardless, Tillman is having an incredible enough year to receive the award. Tillman is the leading tackler for the league's 2nd ranked scoring defense; a defense that has given up only two more touchdowns than they have scored themselves. Tillman has intercepted two passes this season, bringing both back for touchdowns. He also has six passes defended and an astounding seven forced fumbles on the season.
Close behind Tillman for DPOY honors is Houston Texans' defensive end JJ Watt. With a league-best 10.5 sacks and 10 batted passes, Watt probably causes more headaches for quarterbacks than anyone in the league. However, I have to say I'll take seven forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns over 10.5 sacks any day of the week. Watt has also yet to force a turnover, while Tillman himself has as many or more turnovers than seven entire teams.
Honorable Mention: JJ Watt, Lance Briggs, Patrick Willis, DeMarcus Ware
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III (QB, Washington Redskins)
I hope RG3 and Andrew Luck are used to being compared to one another by now, because their long careers of media-created competition with one another are just getting started. These players were the two hottest topics coming into the most recent NFL Draft, and they have completely lived up to expectations in their rookie seasons.
Robert Griffin has been absolutely outstanding, turning heads every Sunday, regardless of whether his team wins or loses. He's completed a very impressive 65.6% of his passes, while throwing eight touchdowns to only three interceptions.
Andrew Luck is a hot pick for OROY right now due to his historic performance against the Dolphins on Sunday. If Luck can keep that up, he could definitely make a run at the award, but here are some numbers to consider: Luck completes a very mediocre 56.5% of his passes, and his 10:8 touchdown to interception ratio is far from remarkable. Compared to RG3, Luck passes for much more yards per game, but when you factor in rushing yards, Luck is only ahead by 38.8. When factoring in rushing touchdowns, RG3's TD:INT ratio is 14:3, compared to Luck's 13:8.
I understand that Luck has led his team to an improbable 5-3 record (compared to RG3's 3-6), but OROY doesn't take wins into account as much as, let's say, the MVP award does. In addition, Luck has significantly better receiving options, simply due to the presence of Reggie Wayne. If you saw the Redskins' game against the Steelers, in which Redskin receivers must have dropped 10+ passes, you understand the lack of skill players that RG3 is working with. Finally, the Redskins have the 28th ranked defense, while the Colts' defense is ranked 18th.
Honorable Mention: Andrew Luck, Doug Martin, Alfred Morris, Ryan Tannehill