2019 NFL Season MVP, ROY, COY, DPOY Awards ‘Tournament’ (NFC 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 NFC East
PHI = QB Carson Wentz
He looked terrible much of the first 10 or so weeks of the season, and then turned up better late in the season (albeit against weaker opponents). Wentz lost his top RB later in the season, lost all his starting WRs, had O-Lineman missing almost every week…and he still got this team to the division crown (albeit in the worst division in football).
DAL = RB Ezekiel Elliott
Zeke was the offense. Dak had big numbers against the terrible teams on the schedule…and then fell down against the better teams. Amari would be my choice over Dak, and almost was over Zeke. Elliott had another solid season with defenses focused on him.
NYG = RB Saquon Barkley
He was pretty weak in the middle of the season, but considering all the options…who else could you choose? Not Daniel Jones…the Giants played fine/same/as bad with Eli.
WAS = WR Terry McLaurin
He became the clear #1 WR for this team from Week 1…and through erratic QB play, he was still performing well and having defenses trying to take him out…as a rookie. Crazy. He was the Redskins most threatening player. I really should’ve gone with CB Quinton Dunbar here…but you’ll see him in a bit.
WINNER = I don’t like any of these options. I’m going to go Carson Wentz for two reasons: (1) They won the division. (2) People were writing him off midseason and asking out loud if he was ‘done’ – he rallied from that and did so with Greg Ward and awful J.J. Arcega-Whiteside as his #1-2 WRs.
Rookie of the Year:
PHI = RB Miles Sanders
Didn’t impress me at all but played a lot of snaps and accumulated numbers after Jordan Howard stole his job but missed half the season with a neck injury.
DAL = RB Tony Pollard
A sign of how bad the normally good/great-drafting Cowboys’ 2019 NFL Draft was…not great. Pollard was a sweet steal in the draft, but criminally underutilized. He had a few moments this season.
NYG = CB Deandre Baker
Not Daniel Jones for me here either. Jones is in the running for NYG ROY, but I really liked what Deandre Baker started showing as a shutdown corner the last 5+ games of the season. Jones was fine, but I was never blown away with anything he did…he was mostly a turnover machine aside from 2-3 stat sheet games against bad pass defenses.
WAS = WR Terry McLaurin
Stunning that a 3rd-round pick people were very skeptical on (including me) would be the team’s CLEAR #1 WR. He looked great all season despite the coaching and QB changes.
WINNER = Clearly Terry McLaurin for me. I was wildly impressed and wildly wrong on him…and to show how great this WR class is, he might be the 4-5-6th best WR from this draft.
Coach of the Year:
PHI = HC Doug Pederson
With all the injuries on offense and defense…how Pederson got this team to the NFC East title is a minor miracle. Them losing Wentz early in the playoff game and trying to win with Josh McCown, and almost doing it, was a microcosm of this season. Credit to Pederson for holding the team together and getting to the playoffs with everything going against him.
DAL = none
It’s why all the top guys got fired after the season.
NYG = DC James Bettcher
It wasn’t like the Giants defense was awesome but late in the season, using their four young, high draft pick CB depth – the Giants D started to show some promise with the young group. Hope for the future started to shine though the last six games on defense.
WAS = OC Bill Callahan
Won three games after he took over…a team no one was sure could win A game. They won three games, were competitive in a few others. The team became stable for a bit after Callahan took over, an interim label that is never easy to deal with. Nice job squeezing some juice out of this lemon.
WINNER = Almost by default it’s Doug Pederson…all he had to overcome and won the division. How bad is this division? Any of these NFC East teams could win it next year…not that far to go to the top for any of them. Three of the 4 teams changed head coaches this offseason!! Pederson keeping his job is another reason to vote for him as COY of the division this season.
Defensive Player of the Year:
PHI = SAF Malcolm Jenkins
Played every snap in every game this season…80 tackles, 6 TFLs, 8 PDs, 9 QB hits, 4 forced fumbles. A very solid season for a defense without a real star power defender.
DAL = CB Byron Jones
The respected cover/shutdown corner. Not as standout a season as 2018, but teams also tended to stay away from his side.
NYG = OLB Markus Golden
10.0 sacks and 27 QB hits registered this season…the free agent from Arizona really paid dividends. He also had a career high 72 tackles.
WAS = CB Quinton Dunbar
I think Dunbar is one of the most underrated players in the NFL. He’s a shutdown corner and when he was out with injury, you could see the decline in the Washington defense.
Washington’s 3 wins happened when Dunbar (who missed 5 games) was playing. The Redskins held opponents to 21 or fewer points 6 times this season…and every time they did it was with Dunbar active. When Dunbar was out, the Redskins’ defense allowed 30+ points every game and an average of 37.8 PPG.
WINNER = Definitely Quinton Dunbar. He deserves way more recognition than he is getting. He’s a converted college WR to CB on top of everything else!
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