Kartje: Handing out NFL awards to Tom Brady, Sean McVay and more
By Ryan Kartje
As the season winds down, let’s take a moment to honor the best of the 2017 NFL season:
MVP: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots. There’s a convincing case to be made for Todd Gurley here, but ultimately, the argument for any running back over the league’s top quarterback is usually a losing battle. Brady ranks first in passing yards, second in completion percentage, third in touchdowns, third in interception rate, second in adjusted yards per attempt, and has the most wins on the league’s best team. It’s tough to argue with those numbers.
Coach of the Year: Sean McVay, Rams. It can’t be understated how impressive the Rams’ turnaround has been this season. The 31-year-old took over a 4-12 team, installed his innovative offense, and turned one of the worst offenses in league history into one of the best offenses in the NFL. The youngest coach in NFL history already looks like one of the league’s best minds.
Fantasy Player of the Year: Todd Gurley, RB, Rams. This is just a more fun version of the NFL’s Offensive POY, which Gurley should run away with. If you had him on your fantasy team, chances are he won you a title. (That’s how I lost, at least.) Gurley leads the league in rushing yards (1,305) and touchdowns (13). He even ranks in the top 30 in the league in receiving yards (788) and receiving touchdowns (6). Those are video game numbers.
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Donald, DL, Rams. There are a lot of deserving candidates for this award, but Donald barely edges out Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell due to his impact down the stretch. Donald missed Week 1 and was rusty in Week 2 and still has 11 sacks, 27 QB hurries, and 15 tackles for loss. He’s unstoppable right now.
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