How quickly time has flown. Already we have played one-quarter of the NFL season, and it has been a pretty fun ride thus far.
Through four games of the year there has already been a lot of impressive play. Cam Newton started the year off right throwing for over 800 yards in the first two games, while Aaron Rodgers is currently sitting on a 124.6 QB rating. While neither of these is likely to hold up quite like that, I still decided to give them out the 1/4 of Year: Rookie of the Year and MVP respectively.
Now, here is the entire list of awards that would be given out if the season ended today.
MVP: Aaron Rogers, QB, Green Bay Packers
- Through four games Rodgers has an impressive stat line of: 1,325 yards, 12 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and, as I already stated, QB rating of 124.6. If that wasn’t enough, his Packers are 4-0 with a league high 148 points scored. Hands down Rodgers has to be the MVP right now. (P.S. Shut up Brett Favre)
Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
- As already established, Rodgers is having an amazing season. Statistically he is leading the league in QB Rating, number four in passing yards, number two in passing touchdowns and he is the leader of the best offense in the league.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ed Reed, S, Baltimore Ravens
- The Ravens have the third best defense in the league when it comes to yards allowed per game. It goes without saying that Ray Lewis the leader of this team, but Ed Reed is the biggest difference maker. Already he has two interceptions along with four passes defended and 17 tackles. As long as he stays healthy he is the most important and successful defender in the league.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
- When Newton was drafted I thought he would be at best an adequate starter at some point in his career. But so far he has proved me wrong. Cam started off his career with only one win through four games, but he is currently on pace to shatter Dan Marino’s regular season passing yards record. At some point his turnover margin will be an issue, but for now he is excelling on a team that won only two games all season last year.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Washington Redskins
- In Kerrigan’s first game as a pro he intercepted Eli Manning and returned it for a touchdown to take the lead in a game his team eventually won. Since then, Kerrigan has racked up a sack-a-game average along with a total of 13 tackles. Before the season people thought Kerrigan would struggle due to his transition away from defensive end to linebacker without a full training camp to get acclimated, but so far he has exceeded expectations.
Coach of the Year: Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions
- The Lions are 4-0 with huge comeback wins the past two weeks. Jemele Hill, from ESPN, says the huge turnaround of the Lions is due to Ndamukong Suh, but ultimately it all is because of Schwartz. He has completely changed the attitude and play of the Lions in three short years. This should finally be the year the Lions make the playoffs, and possibly contend for a Superbowl.
Comeback Player of the Year: Matt Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
- In Stafford’s first two seasons as a pro he only managed to play in 13 games, with only three played last year. Through the first quarter of the season he has managed to play in all four games leading his team to an undefeated record with a QB rating of 100.4, 1,217 yards and 11 touchdowns.