Will Texans DE J. J. Watt sack Aaron Rodgers’ NFL MVP hopes?
The NFL Honors Ceremony starts tonight and it’s time to take a look at which players and coaches will walk away with the greatest prizes in sports – besides the Super Bowl that is…
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The fact that J. J. Watt is almost destined to be snubbed as NFL MVP this year borders on outrageous. The Texans star DE was the lone bright spot on a team that otherwise would have been an AFC cellar dweller, and yet they were one game away from a remarkable trip to the playoffs after going just 2-14 the year before.
Considering that since Giants LB Lawrence Taylor won the award in 1986 that no defensive player has won it, while the award has been given out 21 times to QBs and eight times to RBs, the award might as well be named the “Best RB or QB Award” if it wants to really represent the kind of players that get nominated for it.
J. J. Watt was the MVP of the 2014 NFL season, and anyone who tries to argue otherwise needs to watch the actual film.
Here are the predictions for the NFL Honors in 2015:
Coach of the Year – Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals
To win 11 games with not two, but three different starting QBs in this day and age is pretty spectacular, and Bruce Arians is the reason for that. The Cardinals head coach got the team back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 in large part because of his “next man up” mentality that made his players rise to the occasion when called upon – and boy were they called upon a lot. Few teams in the NFL had as many injuries at the skill positions as the Arizona Cardinals, and if not for losing both of their top two QBs to injuries, they likely would have had the NFL’s best record in 2014.