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NFL Honors: AOB Staff Reveals its 2017-18 Award Winners

February 4, 2018 • Ben Heck • Features, Front Page, Lists

At least night’s NFL Honors, the league announced its 2017-18 league awards, in addition to the announcement of next year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

NFL award winners

MVP: Tom Brady, Patriots QB
Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Gurley, Rams RB
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams DT
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Alvin Kamara, Saints RB
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore, Saints CB
Coach of the Year: Sean McVay, Rams HC
Comeback Player of the Year: Keenan Allen, Chargers WR

We thought we here at the All-Out Blitz would hand out our own awards for the 2017-18 season, which proved to only be slightly different than the league’s awards.

Ben’s picks

MVP: Todd Gurley, Rams RB

Gurley led the league in rushing touchdowns (13), scrimmage yards (2,093) and total touchdowns (19). He also accumulated 1,305 yards on the ground on just 279 carries (4.7 YPC) and was the perfect complement to second-year quarterback Jared Goff in L.A. The 23-year old back helped the Rams win 11 games this season, and perhaps the biggest reason he didn’t win the league MVP last night is because of the positional bias. The last RB to win the league MVP was Adrian Peterson in 2012, and only four running backs have won the league MVP since 2000 (Peterson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Shaun Alexander and Marshall Faulk). But, take away Gurley and the Rams miss the playoffs. So give me Gurley as the MVP.

Offensive Player of the Year: Tom Brady, Patriots QB

Usually, I like to give the OPOTY award to whichever player is deserving of the MVP, but narrowly missed the cut. If it weren’t Gurley receiving my MVP, it would’ve been Brady. The most accomplished quarterback we’ve ever witnessed play the game of football tossed for a league-high 4,577 yards and 32 touchdowns (just two behind Russell Wilson’s league-leading 34). With a 102.8, Brady completed his third consecutive season with a 100+ QB rating, and he’s on the verge of winning his sixth Super Bowl win tonight if he can get past the feisty underdog Eagles.

Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams DT

With 11.0 sacks as a defensive tackle, it’s tough to overlook Aaron Donald as this year’s DPOY. The offense got a lot of the press time, but Donald’s defensive effort for the L.A. Rams this season also played a huge part in their turn-around from 4-12 to 11-5. His stat-line of 41 tackles, 11.0 sacks and five forced fumbles as a D-tackle is incredible, and more than deserving of the award.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kareem Hunt, Chiefs RB

Hunt through the first few weeks of the season looked as if he’d run away with the award. Alvin Kamara eventually caught up, and ended up stealing the award at last night’s NFL Honors, but that doesn’t take away from the fact Hunt led the league in rushing yards (1,327) and racked up 11 total touchdowns for the AFC West-winning Chiefs. In 16 games, the Pro Bowl back averaged 4.9 yards per carry and racked up six 100-yard rushing games.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore, Saints CB

Lattimore ran away with the award last night, receiving 45 out of the 50 possible first-place votes, beating out Buffalo’s Tre’Davious White and San Francisco’s Reuben Foster. Lattimore, in just 13 games at corner, racked up 52 total tackles, five interceptions (one for a TD) and 18 passes defensed. He was a force in the defensive backfield for the playoff-bound Saints, and he was clearly the best defensive rookie on the field this season, hands down.

Coach of the Year: Doug Pederson, Eagles HC

Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in the NFL, had an incredible season with the Rams in Jared Goff’s second season in the league. His win is deserving, but so is Doug Pederson after turning a 7-9 team into a 13-win No. 1 seed. Sure, Carson Wentz’s incredible 13 games prior to the ACL tear helped in a major way, but the injuries piled up for Philly all season long, but Pederson still managed to keep them together and have them making plays as a team and making an incredible run to the Super Bowl. It’s a regular season award — I know — so I probably shouldn’t count what they’ve done in the playoffs for this award, but oh well. It’s my own “Coach of the Year” award to give, so I’m bending the rules.

Comeback Player of the Year: Keenan Allen, Chargers WR

There is truly no one else who could possibly come close to Allen in this category right now. Allen missed 15 games last season after tearing his ACL in the 2016 NFL season opener. He ended up making his return this season, only to go out and reel in 102 balls for 1,393 yards and 6 touchdowns. His receptions and yards are both career-highs, with his six touchdown catches the second-most he’s reeled in during his five-year career. Impressive performance.

Jordan’s picks

MVP: Tom Brady, Patriots QB

What Tom Brady did this year was phenomenal for any QB, let alone one still playing at a high level at the age of 40. In a season that started off rough and had many questioning New England’s empire, Brady racked up nearly 4,600 passing yards, tossed 32 touchdowns and only threw eight interceptions. All of this while completing 66 percent of his passes: What else could you ask for?

Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Gurley, Rams RB

After a great rookie campaign, Todd Gurley managed to rush for only 885 yards on 278 carries last season. He ran for 1,305 yards on 279 carries in 2017-18. Let that sink in. Not only did his average yards/carry increase from 3.2 to 4.8, but his receiving numbers more than doubled and he caught six touchdowns – in addition to the 13 he rushed for. 19 total touchdowns and over 2,000 all-purpose yards makes you a lock for OPOY. What a season for Gurley.

Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams DT

Eleven sacks and five forced fumbles from the nose tackle position? Give me a break. Donald flew under the radar for much of the season until it was time to look back at what he had accomplished. Yes, there are more sexy picks that may have more enticing numbers on the surface. One thing you can’t question is what Donald means to the Rams and the tenacity he brings to the football field every Sunday. Hands down one of the top-5 defensive players in the NFL and my pick for DPOY.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kareem Hunt, Chiefs RB

I thought long and hard about this pick. I really, really wanted to pick Alvin Kamara after the spectacular season he had both on the ground and in the receiving game. Simply fantastic. This decision came down to the numbers, though. Kamara’s stats were limited by Mark Ingram, which turned out to be his downfall in these picks. Hunt averaged nearly five yards per carry, had over 1,700 yards from scrimmage and reached the end zone 11 times. It’s not hard to tell Hunt was what made the Chiefs go on offense. Had Kamara been the primary recipient of touches from the beginning, I’d likely be writing about him right now. Regardless, Kareem Hunt had a fantastic rookie campaign and fully deserves the OROY award.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Marshon Lattimore, Saints CB

While 52 tackles and five interceptions may sound like just “good” stats for a corner but when considering they came from a rookie who cemented himself as one of the best young players in the league, it really sinks in. PFF consistently ranked Lattimore as one of the best corners in the entire NFL throughout the season and recognized him for his stellar play. That alone is enough to give him DROY.

Coach of the Year: Sean McVay, Rams HC

This may have been the easiest pick out of the bunch. To go from 4-12 to 11-5 automatically puts you in contention for the award. To do so with a second-year quarterback and a young running back makes you the number one candidate. To win the division makes you a lock. The culture of the Rams organization has completely changed since Sean McVay joined the ranks of the coaching staff. Jared Goff went from five touchdowns and seven interceptions to 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. This was a no-brainer. Sean McVay is your Coach of the Year.

Comeback Player of the Year: Keenan Allen, Chargers WR

Earl Thomas and Rob Gronkowski made it a bit more difficult for me to make this pick, but Keenan Allen had one hell of a season for the Chargers. At one point in the year, Allen had three consecutive games with at least 10 catches and over 100 receiving yards. To finish third in the league in receiving yards and fourth in catches is phenomenal – especially if you’re coming back from a season-ending injury. Allen’s second half of the season made the pick more of a lock each and every week. This year was his breakthrough.

Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

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