NFL midseason awards: Matthew Stafford on MVP pace

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The Serby Midseason Awards discovered a mode to see the Giants and Jets during yet different play of despair.

A database of studs and duds, to beryllium sure:

MVP: Matthew Stafford (QB, Rams)

A career-high 68.9 completion percentage, 22 touchdowns, 4 interceptions. Following 3 wild-card playoff losses successful 12 years held hostage successful Detroit, playing for Sean McVay is simply a lucifer made successful heaven. And helium with the Lions, helium didn’t person the luxury of throwing to relentless Cooper Kupp either.

Offensive Player of the Year: Derrick Henry (RB, Titans)

A shame that the closest happening we person seen to Jim Brown mightiness beryllium mislaid for the remainder of the play (foot surgery). Adrian Peterson isn’t All Day the mode Henry (937 rushing yards, 10 TDs, 18-154 receiving) was for mediocre defenders who stood successful his way.

Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Garrett (DE, Browns)

Tackling instrumentality linebacker Bobby Wagner (Seahawks) and T.J. Watt (Steelers) earned consideration, but 10.5 sacks seals the deal.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Ja’Maar Chase (WR, Bengals)

It turns retired Joe Burrow profited much from the drafting of his erstwhile LSU teammate (38-786, 7 TDs) than helium would person by the drafting of violative tackle Penei Sewell, astatine slightest for now.

“Extremely fast, hard to screen one-on-one, if thing other he’ll conscionable outrun you,” Phil Simms said of Chase. “He’s a bully route-runner. He is arsenic polished arsenic an NFC receiver coming successful in his archetypal twelvemonth — I’m not gonna accidental ever, but arsenic bully arsenic I’ve seen. He’s got each the moves and steps and everything that you spot a polished seasoned have. Give the Bengals a ton of credit.

“They did thing that goes against the NFL mantra — they passed up the near tackle to instrumentality a wide receiver. It mightiness go the norm, due to the fact that these wide receivers impact truthful overmuch of the squad now, it’s ridiculous. They assistance the tally game, they assistance walk coverage, they assistance the offense, which successful crook helps the defense. It’s a trickle-down effect. I deliberation he’s had an unbelievable effect connected the full organization.”

Runner-up: Steelers dual menace RB Najee Harris.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Micah Parsons (LB, Cowboys)

“He’s conscionable a chaotic stallion, man, that they are trying to saddle up and benignant of marque definite they support him playing the close absorption arsenic acold arsenic alignment duty method consistency,” ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” expert Louis Riddick said of Parsons, who has 42 tackles and 2.5 sacks, “but they don’t privation to clasp him backmost excessively overmuch due to the fact that what makes him peculiar is the information that this guy’s conscionable a freak. You don’t privation to harness it much. Trust me, I’m not comparing Micah Parsons to Lawrence Taylor. But the mode Bill [Parcells] and Bill [Belichick] speech astir LT, it’s conscionable benignant of similar permission him unsocial due to the fact that he’s gonna wreck [things] each connected his ain successful a mode that we can’t manager anyway. Micah has immoderate of that successful him, though look, LT’s erstwhile successful a lifetime.”

Coach of the Year: John Harbaugh (Ravens)

Loses RBs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, and LT Ronnie Stanley, and QB Lamar Jackson ne'er blinks. Loses first-round WR Rashod Bateman for the archetypal 5 games. Loses CB Marcus Peters. Runners-up: Kliff Kingsbury (Cardinals) and Sean Payton (Saints), who has navigated done beingness aft Drew Brees and beingness without Michael Thomas and present indispensable transportation connected without Jameis Winston.

Comeback Player of the Year: Dak Prescott (QB, Cowboys)

A career-high 73.1 completion percentage, with 16 TDs and 4 INTs.

“He’s successful that backmost matrix, I’d similar to telephone it, close present wherever helium has the answers to each trial that you springiness him from a antiaircraft perspective,” Riddick said. “You instrumentality distant the tally game, he’ll propulsion it. You instrumentality distant the passing game, he’ll tally it. He’s conscionable successful a bully spot mentally close now, and erstwhile you speech to him you tin archer that. It’s conscionable existent cool.”

Worst coaching decision: Urban Meyer (Jaguars)

Ah, the NFL coaching grind. Not accompanying the squad formation location pursuing a Thursday nighttime nonaccomplishment to the Bengals was inexcusable. Poor Trevor Lawrence.

Best footwear of the year: John Mara (Giants)

From the looks of the fallen trash can, this appeared to beryllium an effort for a record-setting tract extremity alternatively than an onside kick. The bully news: nary turf toed connected wounded report.

Mama ne'er said there’d beryllium days similar this: Zach Wilson (QB, Jets)

A stomach-churning rookie roller-coaster ride, a genu injury, and Jets fans chanting “Mike White.”

Assistant Coach of the Year: Dan Quinn (defensive coordinator, Cowboys)

“He’s each juice, man, he’s a ton of energy,” Riddick said. “He had a helluva twelvemonth truly evaluating himself successful the offseason arsenic acold arsenic wherever helium went incorrect arsenic a caput coach, wherever helium went incorrect from a philosophical standpoint peculiarly connected defense, however helium could instrumentality his crippled to the adjacent level arsenic a play-caller and arsenic a schemer. How helium could amended utilize players, link with players, get the champion retired of players, and helium told america each of this successful the accumulation gathering we had with them, and you tin spot the results of it now. He’s special, man. He deserves a ton of credit.”

The Donald Sterling award: Dan Snyder (owner, Washington)

Otherwise known arsenic “Worst Owner.” He warranted a league suspension for specified a revolting toxic culture alternatively than a $10 cardinal good and relinquishing power of the day-to-day operations.

THE Gugielmo Marconi award: Joe Judge (coach, Giants)

“Hello? Hello? Hey Daniel, FB West Right Slot 372 Y Stick, tin you perceive me? Hello? Hello? Anybody home?”

The Mandela award: Tom Brady (QB, Buccaneers)

Rewarded Bucs instrumentality Byron Kennedy, who got Brady’s 600th TD ball, which WR Mike Evans innocently handed to Kennedy, with 2 signed jerseys positive a helmet from Brady, a signed Mike Evans jersey, the cleats Evans wore successful the game, a $1,000 acquisition paper to the Buccaneers’ squad store and Bucs play tickets for the remainder of 2021 and each of 2022.

Brady: “Byron realized helium mislaid each his leverage erstwhile helium gave the shot away. He should person held it to get arsenic overmuch leverage arsenic possible.”

Ouch.

Peyton Manning: “Amateur move. If helium would person held it, helium would person been sitting successful the Tom Brady suite for the remainder of the season, but amateur determination connected his part.”

The Arians award: Rich Bisaccia (interim coach, Raiders)

Far antithetic circumstances replacing Jon Gruden than Bruce Arians met head-on erstwhile erstwhile Colts manager Chuck Pagano battled leukemia successful 2012, but still.

The Mistake by the Lake: Odell Beckham Jr. (WR, Browns)

His one-handed drawback for the ages with the Giants turned retired to beryllium a blessing — financially — and a curse. Baker Mayfield-to-OBJ … not precisely Montana-to-Rice.

The Trebek: Aaron Rodgers (QB, Packers)

Host of Jeopard-izing the Green Bay Packers.

The persona non grata: Deshaun Watson (QB, Texans, benignant of)

Too galore alleged skeletons successful that closet.