With the NFL season almost over, I decided that it was time to have the WIORA awards for the NFL. Getting a WIORA is like a little child getting a lollipop from a candy store; it's special and it really represents what ought to happen. So here we go...
Best QB: Michael Vick- Eagles
Comment: While Vick isn't the best statistical QB (Tom Brady is), he missed a 4th of it to Kevin Kolb and still is among the elite in the NFL in terms of QB rating, yards and clutch plays.
Best RB: Jamaal Charles- Chiefs
Comment: Charles is averaging 6.4 yards per carry, 14 carries a game, and yet still is 2nd in rushing yards so far this season. In fact he is the only RB in the top 10 (in terms of yards) who will not eclipse 250 carries this season! That deserves my #1 spot...
Best WR: Roddy White- Falcons
Comment: White has over 100 receptions, over 1000 yards, and is almost at 10 TDs this season (with 9.) He has shown clutch plays and consistency throughout this season. The Falcons are 12-3 this season due in large part to the passing game and Roddy White.
Best TE: Jason Witten- Cowboys
Comment: Witten has almost 100 receptions (96), almost 1,000 yards (956) and almost 10 TDs (with 8.) Plus, he is one of the slowest players on the field. His blocking is also very good and clearly, with Dallas at 5-10, deserves this spot.
Best OL: Giants
Comments: Despite having multiple injuries, the Giants have proved great depth at the offensive line. Eli has only been sacked 16 times and the Giants have been able to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards this season. This, however, is the only consistency with the Gmen.
Best DE: John Abraham- Falcons
Comment: Abraham has 13 sacks, 2 FF, 4 PDF and 1 INT so far this season and that could change in week 17. He has been great at applying pressure and dropping back into coverage. He is clearly the most deserving of this award.
Best DT: Ndamukong Suh- Lions
Comment: Suh has shown all of the talent that he was projected to have this season, and then some. He has 9 sacks, 1 FF, 3 PDF and 1 INT. He is the best player that the Lions have had since Barry Sanders and will certainly make a run at being simply the best player on the Lions.
Best OLB: TIE- OLB DeMarcus Ware- Cowboys and OLB Cameron Wake- Dolphins
Comment: Both players have shown so much dominance at the position that it is impossible to pick just one. While Wake has 14.5 sacks compared to Ware's 12.5, Ware has more tackles and QB pressures than Wake. Both players have been able to change offensive game plans and both equally deserve this award.
Best MLB/ILB: Patrick Willis- 49ers
Comment: Willis has over 120 tackles (128), 6 Sacks, 2 FF and 5 PDF all in a season where the 49ers have been awful. He has been the only shining start on this team and has shown that while defense wins chanmpionships, offense has to help win games.
Best CB: Asante Samuel- Eagles
Comment: Samuel has played in only 10 games and has 7 INT and 25 tackles. In the 5 games that he has picked off a pass, the Eagles are 4-1. While he hasn't forced a fumble or sacked the QB, he has almost 20 PDFs (19).
Best FS: Ed Reed- Ravens
Comment: Reed has 1 FF and 6 INTs while only playing in 9 games. He may be the best defensive back in the NFL right now and certainly has helped the Ravens clinch a playoff spot. He also has 13 PDFs.
Best SS: Troy Polamalu- Steelers
Comment: Shocker here! Polamalu has 6 INTs, 1 sack, and 1 FF. He has help lead the #1 Steeler Defense to another great season. His great ball hawking skills and hard hits have made him one of the top defenders in the NFL as well.
Best K: Rob Bironas- Titans
Comment: Bironas has made 22 of 23 FGs this season with a long of 55 yards. While the Titans haven't played in many close games, Bironas has had some pressure and has outdone everything that he has been expected to do.
Best Coach: Andy Reid- Eagles
Comment: reid made some great coaching decisions throughout this season. Whether it was benching his starting QB for an ex-convict, calling great deep throws and trusting his defense with elaborate blitzes, Reid has shown what coach of the year is really all about.
Mr. Consistency- QB Tom Brady- Patriots
Comment: Brady, throughout the entire season, has been many adjectives (awesome, magical) but none that describe him more than consistent. He has only thrown 4 INTs and has shown great poise and deserves this great praise.
Mr. Inconsistent- QB Kyle Orton- Broncos
Comment: These two games speak for themselves:
Week 10 against the division winning chiefs: 22/34 296 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs
Week 14 against the 4th in NFC west Cards: 19/41 166 yards, 0 TDS, 3 INTs
Biggest Surprise- Arian Foster- Texans
Comment: Arian Foster leads the league in rushing yards, has almost 16 TDs (14) and averages 4.9 yards a carry despite being a starter for the first time in his career and playing on a terrible Texans team.
Biggest Demise- The Dallas Cowboys
Comment: going 5-10 after a season of 11-5 and first playoff win isn't what makes this a demise. The demise is that the defense has allowed more points than any in franchise history and yet the Cowboys have lost all 3 games under Jason Garret by a combined 7 points! Jerry Jones' biggest off season job will be to fix the mentality of this team.
Rookie of the Year: CB Devin McCourtey- Patriots
Comment: The reason why the Patriots are 13-2 is because they are not allowing big plays and the biggest factor of that is Devin McCourty. He has 6 INTs, 1 sack and 2 FFs. But most impressively he has 15 PDFs. Great job by the rookie!
Best Game of the Year: Thanksgiving Day Game: Saints-30 Cowboys- 27
Comment: Yet another amazing game on Thanksgiving by the Cowboys; Jason Garrett had his hands full after the Cowboys were down 20-6 at halftime. Everything fell into place as the America's Team of old usually did until Roy WIlliams fumbled the ball on what should have been the game winning play. But Brees drove the Saints down the field and threw a perfect pass to Lance Moore in the back of the endzone to complete an amazing game.
Best Play of the Year: David Garrard's Hail Mary
MVP: Michael Vick- Eagles
Comment: No question here- Vick has been a truly amazing player. He has led the Eagles to an epic season and has shown why everyone deserves a second chance. He has been a great mix between a Randall Cunningham and a Troy Aikman.