2019 NFL Season MVP, ROY, COY, DPOY Awards ‘Tournament’ (AFC East)
To name our award winners in the four main categories (MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year), we are going to go through an entire division to launch one candidate in each category to a final 8 tournament…battling head to head with candidates, advancing a winner each round until we have one man left standing.
We’re going division by division to find our final eight candidates and then we’ll play it from there to find a winner.
Today’s division – the AFC East
NE = Julian Edelman
Wow…think about this one. Was there any ‘good’ Patriots offensive player this season? Typically, this a layup for Tom Brady, but Brady was more neutral/issue than MVP to me in 2019. To me, the only thing that really worked at a high level was Julian Edelman…and playing through injuries that should have sidelined him.
BUF = Josh Allen
Allen has his flaws, but there were several games where it was a timely Allen run or throw that made the difference. They don’t go 10-6 with Matt Barkley. Allen is the soul of that offense…for better or for worse.
NYJ = Le’Veon Bell
Yes, he had a terrible season by his standards and ours as well. BUT…Bell commanded attention every game. Defenses went into games with the one goal of taking away Bell and making Sam Darnold beat them. That’s team MVP worthy for Bell on a bad team.
MIA = Ryan Fitzpatrick
Not even close. DeVante Parker was great late, but it was Fitzpatrick who put this team on his back and led them to a 5-4 finish their last 9 games.
WINNER = Edelman was great, but this offense died with him and ultimately failed in the playoffs. Le’Veon Bell was important for being alive but he did nothing statistically in 2019...a statistical failure. So, Josh Allen or Ryan Fitzpatrick? Who would I have rather had start the Bills’ playoff game…Fitz or Allen? I think Fitzpatrick was worth more wins as a player and as a leader…I give the nod to him. Seeing Miami finish 5-4 their final 9 games with that roster…it was an amazing feat and Ryan Fitzpatrick (winner) was the main reason it happened.
Rookie of the Year:
NE = Chase Winovich
20 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 4 TFLs in his rookie season. He played sparingly, as a pass rush specialist…but when he did play, he was fairly effective.
BUF = Devin Singletary
969 total yards and 4 TDs this season, but really was the team’s best offensive weapon, just way underutilized.
NYJ = LB Blake Cashman
One of the worst drafts of 2019, but it did yield a steal…Blake Cashman, who vaulted from unknown to starting linebacker over the summer. He was playing nice ball the first 8 weeks of the 2019 season, but then got hurt and was lost the rest of the way. For my money, he was more impactful/useful than Quinnen Williams.
MIA = Christian Wilkins
Had Preston Williams stayed healthy, the award was his, but he was knocked out with an ACL midseason. Wilkins had a very solid rookie campaign -- 56 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 3 TFLs
WINNER = Had he not gotten hurt, Cashman may have won this going away. Had Winovich played more, he might have been the guy. But the best rookie of the group, the one who changed the team’s game plan – Devin Singletary (winner).
Coach of the Year:
NE = HC Bill Belichick
I have to honestly say, of the four nominees here…Bill Belichick is my #4 vote – and usually I’m defending BB as the COY for every season. Not this year. If not for an easy early schedule, I don’t know that the Patriots would’ve been a .500 team…this was a bad season in New England.
BUF = HC Sean McDermott
Fantastic job getting this team over. One of the most well-coached teams, if not the most well-coached, most disciplined, toughest teams in the league.
NYJ = D-C Gregg Williams
I don’t like Gregg Williams, but I respect the heck out of the defense he created in New York…and it was all him. If he had his main unit healthy all season – this would have been a top 3-5 NFL defense in 2019. The best sheer defensive effort/aggression I saw from any team this year was probably the Jets all season.
MIA = HC Brian Flores
Considering where this team was to start the season and then the way they ended it…with that roster…a miracle. Flores has to be given praise.
WINNER = I would like to go to bat more for Flores, but he did pull Fitz for Josh Rosen on purpose at one point…and that set them back several weeks/losses. It’s not Belichick. Gregg Williams under his circumstances was a miracle worker, but in the end -- Sean McDermott is not only coaching the team well on the field and during the prep weeks…he is making a ton of slick moves trading away the right players and acquiring draft picks. He’s quietly building a war machine for the future, and the future started happening in 2019. McDermott gets the win.
Defensive Player of the Year:
NE = CB Stephon Gillmore
He shut down several #1 WRs this season…is one of the top shutdown CBs in the league.
BUF = CB Tre’Davious White
White took down a number of #1 WRs this season as well…also in the argument for the top shutdown CB in the league. Tremaine Edmunds deserves a mention here for sure.
NYJ = SAF Jamal Adams
The guy was everywhere making plays…rushing the passer (6.5 sacks) and had a pick-six and a strip sack/fumble force and grab for a TD. He is definitely the heart and soul of the Jets defense.
MIA = LB Jerome Baker
Led the team with distance in tackles (124). Was a stable force for a defense that had a revolving door of players going in and out all season.
WINNER = Adams has a strong case, but if I have to make a tough call between a SAF and shutdown CB – I always go with the corner. So, it’s between Gillmore and White, and I just believe White is the better cover man and more important to their defense. Winner…Tre’Davious White.
Tomorrow: The AFC West awards
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