2019 NFL Season MVP, ROY, COY, DPOY Awards ‘Tournament’ (NFC North)
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 North
GB = QB Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Jones had a great statistical season, and Aaron Rodgers didn’t have big-time numbers, but he is everything to the offense and allows Jones to exist. It was a quality season from Rodgers, not a quantity one.
MIN = QB Kirk Cousins
After like Weeks 2-3, the entirety of NFL analysts got together and decided Kirk Cousins was terrible/a bust/needed to be replaced. Faced with that mounting (and utterly ridiculous) media pressure, Cousins went on to have a great season and take his team to the playoffs, get a win, and shut football people’s mouths. Not easy to do under that kind of pressure.
CHI = WR Allen Robinson
The best player on the field, always, for the Bears this season was Allen Robinson. He was a #1 WR, a top producer trapped in a stagnant, ridiculous offense. If not for Robinson, the Bears might have been the worst offense in the NFL in 2019. And I say that as a Trubisky fan.
DET = QB Matt Stafford
The Lions were 3-4-1 with Stafford starting and 0-8 when he went down/out. Enough said. Stafford was having an MVP type season before he got hurt.
WINNER = Matt Stafford might have won this divisional award had he stayed healthy. Allen Robinson looked like the most talented skill player in this division. But I give the award to Kirk Cousins…what he had to endure early on from the media and fans and then what he was able to accomplish in the end – anyone who the media turns on and then they show up the stupid football people…I’m always for that guy.
Rookie of the Year:
GB = SAF Darnell Savage
Started 14 games for GB. Picked off a couple of passes and forced two fumbles. He had a solid rookie campaign.
MIN = OC Garrett Bradbury
Started 16 games for MIN and was arguably the best OL in this draft and played like it as a rookie.
CHI = RB David Montgomery
Played the most integral part for the Bears among all the rookies. However, he was the ‘Least Valuable Player’ in 2019…he absolutely killed the Bears offense. The most overrated rookie of 2019 potentially.
DET = LB Jahlani Tavai
I mean, I guess he was the best Lions rookie. Not a great draft. When he started, he produced some nice tackle numbers.
WINNER = I like Garrett Bradbury here…he started every game and the list of other options are not great.
Coach of the Year:
GB = D-C Mike Pettine
In the end, Green Bay got into the top 10 defenses in PPG allowed this season. A brilliant redesign of the #22 PPG defense last season – the Pack killed it in free agency on defense, spearheaded by Pettine’s recommendations/desires. Pettine is one of the best coaches in all of football for my money.
MIN = HC Mike Zimmer
I don’t know how he did it, but he did…back to the playoffs – and doing so with a QB being maligned, a defense falling apart at the end, and some key injuries. Schedule helped, but credit to Zimmer for holding this thing together enough to have a nice season and save his job, to some degree.
CHI = HC Matt Nagy
Well…it cannot be the O-C or D-C here, because they were huge disappointments (and Nagy is the O-C anyway). Nagy’s decision to push David Montgomery was one of the worst decisions of 2019. With all that said…the Bears did get up off the mat midseason and finished 5-3 in the 2nd-half. Nagy has emotional sway over the team and kept them in it when things turned sour by midseason. Some credit deserved (but he also causes most of the problems).
DET = HC Matt Patricia
3-4-1 with Matt Stafford in the 1st-half of the season and was a blink from 6-2/5-3 in that span. They lost Stafford and died from there…0-8 to the finish. When he had his QB, the Lions were squarely capable and in the race. Patricia is not my favorite coach, but he is getting a bad rap from the 2019 season.
WINNER = I’m in love with Mike Pettine, and the job he did this season (with a favorable schedule) transforming the defense and getting Green Bay in position for a playoff BYE. Green Bay beat the Vikings twice, led by great defensive play in the games, so Pettine over Zimmer.
Defensive Player of the Year:
GB = LB Za’Darius Smith
13.5 sacks and a stunning 37 QB hits this season. There were several candidates from the GB defense for this nod, but I went Za’Darius over Zaire Alexander in the end.
MIN = DE Danielle Hunter
A year in and year out producer for the Vikings…his second season in a row with 14.5 sacks and had a career high 22 QB hits. A model of consistency for Minnesota.
CHI = CB Kyle Fuller
Someone had to win it. Khalil Mack was half a ghost this season. Fuller always seemed like the player opposing QBs tried to avoid, and a guy who gave opposing WRs some fits.
DET = CB Darius Slay
The Lions best defensive player once again. Not his best year, but a solid year. He was nicked up some in the 2nd-half, not helping his season.
WINNER = I’ll go Za’Darius Smith and the big sack, but even bigger QB hit tally he had this season. He was an impact player for sure.
Tomorrow we’ll look at the NFC South awards.
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