2012 NFL Midseason Awards

NFL Midseason Awards

11/7/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Luke Kuechly (LB, Carolina Panthers)

Kuechly earned this award not because of his individual numbers, but because of the impact he has had on the team. He does have an interception, three passes defended, and a fumble recovery, but those numbers aren't what gives him the edge over the likes of Chandler Jones and Bobby Wagner. The reason Kuechly is the best defensive rookie is because he is the leading tackler on a defense that improved from 28th in yards allowed in 2011 to 13th in 2012. Kuechly is the only major difference on that side of the ball, and as the leading tackler, he deserves the most credit for the turnaround.

Honorable Mention: Chandler Jones, Bobby Wagner, Harrison Smith, Tavon Wilson

Comeback Player of the Year: Adrian PetersonBlog Photo - 2012 NFL Midseason Awards (RB, Minnesota Vikings)

Adrian Peterson suffered a devastating knee injury in Week 16 of last season, leaving him likely to start the 2012 campaign on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Not only did Peterson beat the odds by starting in the Vikings' season opener, but he ran the ball for 84 yards and two touchdowns less than nine months after tearing both his ACL and MCL. Nine games into the season, Peterson now looks as good as ever, leading the NFL in rushing at 957 (106.3 yards per game). He's on pace for 1701 rushing yards, but will likely surpass that projection if he keeps improving on a weekly basis. Over the past three weeks, Peterson has averaged 152.7 yards per game on an unbelievable 8.3 yards per carry. He also has four touchdowns over that span.

The reason I can't pick Peyton Manning for this award is because I pretty much expected him to come back as his old self. Doctors said time and time again that if Peyton could regain feeling in his right arm, there would be no ill effects and he would be the same as he always was. Peterson, on the other hand, worked extensively to rebuild the muscle around his surgically repaired knee, beat his recovery timetable significantly (Peyton took much longer than his original timetable), and is displaying unprecedented burst after a serious knee injury. A lot of running backs can't come close to returning to their old form after tearing up a knee, but Peterson looks even better than he did in the past.
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11/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   60985 respect

adamsprech wrote:
I don't think they'd be 8-0, no. I do think they'd still have a winning record however. The Falcons are the most well-balanced team in the league. Matt Ryan is very good, but does not mean the difference between winning and losing for this team in every game they play.

The question is loaded, anyway. MVP really just depends on what you focus on. The qb's that make a majorly noticeable difference in wins and losses for their teams right now are Romo, Eli, and Flacco, I think. Those teams' success for the most part always come down to qb play. (It's why I decided that Eli is the MVP thus far)

The Texans are the most well balanced team in football right now. Our record is misleading, our defense hasn't changed much over the last few years. I think this team is well suited for Ryan, I'm not sure we'd be above .500 with many others because of that. We rely heavily on our offense. He's been a major factor in us pulling out wins. So, could Peyton and Rodgers have success with these Falcons? Could Ben? Sure. But could Romo, or Flacco, or RG3? Maybe, but I doubt it. It's simply a matter of who you replace them with. I would probably agree more with an argument for Peyton than I would for Rodgers. Mostly because it's Peyton's first season with them.

11/8/12   |   adamsprech   |   28 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
But would they be 8-0?

I don't think they'd be 8-0, no. I do think they'd still have a winning record however. The Falcons are the most well-balanced team in the league. Matt Ryan is very good, but does not mean the difference between winning and losing for this team in every game they play.

11/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   60985 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

I didn't read the Matt Ryan thing because it makes me nervous. I prefer the constant disrespect that my team receives. As for the others, I'm not really sure I agree with any of them besides maybe AP. I need to think on the best Offensive Player thus far. I shall return.

edits as they come in*

-Elli Mae may be the MVP to his team. His numbers aren't as stellar but he is why they have a winning record right now.
-Peyton F. Manning as the Comeback of the Year! It was his neck! That trumps everything else for me.

11/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   60985 respect

adamsprech wrote:
I'll have to disagree with you on your MVP vote. I think Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are both far more deserving of the award than Matt Ryan. I made this argument the other day, Matt Ryan is not nearly as valuable to his team as either of the other two. If you removed Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning from their teams, the results would be no different than the 2011 Colts without Manning. If you removed Matt Ryan from the Falcons they'd still probably be 5-3.

Matt Ryan and the Falcons, much like the 2008 Patriots, are an extremely balanced team that can win without the QB, unlike teams like the Saints, Broncos, Packers, and even the Colts to a lesser extent with andy Luck.

But would they be 8-0?

11/7/12   |   adamsprech   |   28 respect

I'll have to disagree with you on your MVP vote. I think Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are both far more deserving of the award than Matt Ryan. I made this argument the other day, Matt Ryan is not nearly as valuable to his team as either of the other two. If you removed Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning from their teams, the results would be no different than the 2011 Colts without Manning. If you removed Matt Ryan from the Falcons they'd still probably be 5-3.

Matt Ryan and the Falcons, much like the 2008 Patriots, are an extremely balanced team that can win without the QB, unlike teams like the Saints, Broncos, Packers, and even the Colts to a lesser extent with andy Luck.