NFL awards 2021: MVP, rookies of the year, more

The playoffs are right here, however earlier than we transfer on to the video games this weekend (and MMQB Tremendous Bowl predictions are coming Friday), let’s take one final look again at the season to dish out our awards.

The MMQB’s six-member panel has voted for our selections to win the NFL’s main awards. In contrast to the AP awards, we do a top-five poll for each award, awarding 5 factors for a first-place vote, 4 factors for a second-place vote, and so on.

Listed below are our voters:

Albert Breer, senior NFL reporter
Conor Orr, workers author
Michael Rosenberg, senior author
Andrew Brandt, enterprise of soccer columnist
Gary Gramling, senior editor
Mitch Goldich, editor/author




1. Aaron Rodgers: 29 factors (5 firsts, 1 second)
2. Tom Brady: 22 factors (1 first, 4 seconds)
3. Joe Burrow: 15 factors (4 thirds, 1 fourth, 1 fifth)
T-4. Cooper Kupp: 7 factors (1 second, 1 third)
T-4. Dak Prescott: 7 factors (1 third, 2 fourths)
6. Justin Herbert: 3 factors (1 fourth, 1 fifth)
T-7. Josh Allen: 2 factors (1 fourth)
T-7. Matthew Stafford: 2 factors (1 fourth)
T-9. Jonathan Taylor: 1 level (1 fifth)
T-9. T.J. Watt: 1 level (1 fifth)
T-9. Patrick Mahomes: 1 level (1 fifth)

It was not unanimous, however our group did give Rodgers his fourth profession MVP award and second in a row. In any case the drama of his offseason after which the blowout loss in Week 1, he performed at the stage we’re accustomed to seeing from him and led the Packers to the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Tom Brady did sufficient Tom Brady issues to earn a first-place vote, however he hasn’t received the award since 2017. What a slacker! The checklist is unsurprisingly led by quarterbacks, however gamers at different positions did get some down-ballot love.

Offensive Participant of the Yr

1. Cooper Kupp: 26 factors (3 firsts, 2 seconds, 1 third)
2. Jonathan Taylor: 22 factors (1 first, 3 seconds, 1 third, 1 fourth)
T-3. Mark Andrews: 9 factors (1 third, 3 fourths)
T-3. Davante Adams: 9 factors (2 thirds, 1 fourth, 1 fifth)
T-5. Trent Williams: 6 factors (1 first, 1 fifth)
T-5. Deebo Samuel: 6 factors (1 third, 1 fourth, 1 fifth)
7. Aaron Rodgers: 5 factors (1 first)
8. George Kittle: 4 factors (1 second)
T-9. Kyler Murray: 1 level (1 fifth)
T-9. Austin Ekeler: 1 level (1 fifth)
T-9. Jordan Mailata: 1 level (1 fifth)


Probably the most complicated and difficult-to-parse award goes to be a good race between Kupp and Taylor. Our panel gave it to the large receiver, who didn’t fairly set NFL single-season information for receptions and yards however got here very shut. Taylor completed more than 500 dashing yards forward of anybody else, and he was seen as an MVP candidate (by some) when the Colts appeared like a positive factor for the playoffs. Perhaps Indianapolis’s choke in Weeks 17 and 18 harm him right here. (Ought to it have? What a wierd award!) One voter did put Aaron Rodgers in first. He’s the MVP, and an offensive participant, in spite of everything. And shout out to offensive linemen.


Defensive Participant of the Yr

1. T.J. Watt: 29 factors (5 firsts, 1 second)
2. Micah Parsons: 19 factors (1 first, 2 seconds, 1 third, 1 fourth, 1 fifth)
3. Aaron Donald: 18 factors (2 seconds, 3 thirds, 1 fifth)
4. Myles Garrett: 14 factors (1 second, 1 third, 3 fourths)
5. Darius Leonard: 5 factors (2 fourths, 1 fifth)
6. De’Vondre Campbell: 3 factors (1 third)
7. Trevon Diggs: 2 factors (2 fifths)


Defensive Participant of the Yr is one other race that appeared awfully shut coming down the stretch of the season, however Watt in all probability wrapped it up by tying the single-season sack file in Week 18. Micah Parsons will win one other award beneath (not precisely a spoiler), and Aaron Donald already has three of these trophies—the actual ones, The MMQB doesn’t give out trophies. So maybe being a brand new identify, although clearly a recognizable one, helps right here, too.

Offensive Rookie of the Yr

1. Ja’Marr Chase: 30 factors (6 firsts)
2. Mac Jones: 23 factors (5 seconds, 1 third)
3. Rashawn Slater: 11 factors (2 thirds, 2 fourths, 1 fifth)
4. Jaylen Waddle: 10 factors (1 second, 2 thirds)
5. Creed Humphrey: 6 factors (1 third, 1 fourth, 1 third)
6. Kyle Pitts: 4 factors (2 fourths)
7. Amon-Ra St. Brown: 3 factors (3 fifths)
8. DeVonta Smith: 2 factors (1 fourth)
9. Penei Sewell: 1 level (1 fifth)

Jones in all probability led this race for many of the season, when his Patriots had been in first place, however Chase pulled away and claimed this one unanimously. The excellent rookie receiver had a mixture of terrific manufacturing (81 catches, 1,455 yards), eye-popping highlights and massive moments. There have been different superb rookies this yr—together with a number of offensive linemen in our checklist—however Chase was a no brainer. Three different receivers earned votes, whereas Jones was the solely member of the extremely anticipated quarterback class to land on anybody’s poll.

Defensive Rookie of the Yr

1. Micah Parsons: 30 factors (6 firsts)
2. Patrick Surtain II: 24 factors (6 seconds)
3. Odafe Oweh: 13 factors (4 thirds, 1 fifth)
T-4. Christian Barmore: 9 factors (1 third, 2 fourths, 2 fifths)
T-4. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: 9 factors (3 fourths, 3 fifths)
6. Jevon Holland: 3 factors (1 third)
7. Gregory Rousseau: 2 factors (1 fourth)

Talking of unanimous awards, Parsons completed second in our Defensive Participant of the Yr, so he was a no brainer for Defensive Rookie of the Yr. Unsure what more must be mentioned about him at this level, as individuals have already principally ticketed him for Canton. Patrick Surtain II delivered as a top-10 choose, and all six of our voters listed him second.


Comeback Participant of the Yr

1. Joe Burrow: 28 factors (4 firsts, 2 seconds)
2. Dak Prescott: 24 factors (2 firsts, 2 seconds, 2 thirds)
3. Nick Bosa: 18 factors (2 seconds, 3 thirds, 1 fifth)
4. Jimmy Garoppolo: 7 factors (3 fourths, 1 fifth)
T-5. Tyron Smith: 3 factors (1 third)
T-5. Courtland Sutton: 3 factors (1 fourth, 1 fifth)
T-7. CJ Mosley: 2 factors (1 fourth)
T-7. Joe Mixon: 2 factors (1 fourth)
T-7. Carson Wentz: 2 factors (2 fifths)
10. Rasul Douglas: 1 level (1 fifth)

Burrow was snubbed from the Professional Bowl (partly as a result of they vote too early) and was a late entry into the MVP dialog after it was fairly nicely determined, however he was a winner right here. He tore his ACL and MCL in Week 11 final season after which spoke overtly about how troublesome it was to return again and face reside motion this coaching camp. He picked up proper the place he left off and had an excellent season for the Bengals. Prescott was the preseason favourite right here and in addition did an excellent job getting back from a horrific harm, selecting up two first-place votes. That is at all times one of the stranger awards, as you see guys and marvel what precisely they got here again from (Wentz got here again from … being benched for Jalen Hurts?). Douglas was lower by the Raiders and Texans, and signed to the Cardinals’ apply squad earlier than making some of the greatest performs of the Packers’ season.

Coach of the Yr

1. Mike Vrabel: 21 factors (2 firsts, 2 seconds, 1 third)
2. Matt LaFleur: 19 factors (2 firsts, 2 seconds, 1 fifth)
3. Zac Taylor: 12 factors (1 second, 2 thirds, 1 fourth)
4. John Harbaugh: 9 factors (1 first, 1 second)
5. Nick Sirianni: 6 factors (1 third, 1 fourth, 1 fifth)
T-6. Mike Tomlin: 3 factors (1 third)
T-6. Frank Reich: 3 factors (1 third)
T-6. Wealthy Bisaccia: 3 factors (1 fourth, 1 fifth)
9. David Culley: 2 factors (1 fourth)
10. Brian Flores: 1 level (1 fifth)

LaFleur has gotten loads of love for his file throughout three years teaching the Packers, however this can be a one-year award, and our panel simply barely gave it to Vrabel. The Titans’ coach led an injury-ravaged squad to the No. 1 seed in the AFC, although he was left off one poll. This was a wide-open vote, although, with love for 4 coaches who missed the playoffs, an interim coach in Las Vegas, and coaches who had been soon-to-be fired or extensively anticipated to be fired at the time of our voting.

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