Monday, January 2, 2012

The Dust Has Settled

     The Week 17 dust has settled, and the madness has ensued. Today is 'Black Monday,' the day after the regular season is over and the day where the most firings occur. As predicted, Steve Spagnuolo and Raheem Morris, coaches of the Rams and Buccaneers respectively, have been fired, and their former employers have begun looking for suitable replacements. The Colts proved their futility, losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and have 'earned' the right to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck (At Left in Colts Uniform) with the first overall pick of the NFL Draft, and the St. Louis Rams will pick second. However, Week 17 was also a good week. The Bengals, behind rookies Andy Dalton and AJ Green, are back in the playoffs, and the Jets aren't. The always entertaining Rex Ryan, coach of the New York Jets and America's favorite loudmouth, couldn't lead his team to another AFC Championship Game, as he has for the last two seasons, and his usually stout defensive unit stumbled to a  fifth place finish and out of the top 3 where it usually ranks.

     Now that the season is over, I think now is the time to give out some awards...
MVP: Peyton Manning, QB Colts- The MVP is for the most valuable player, and Manning proved how valuable he was to the Colts by watching them fail epically without him.

Best QB: Drew Brees, Saints- Aaron Rodgers is on everyone else's lists, but he didn't play week 17, plus Drew Brees has a limited cast and still broke the record for most passing yards in a season.

Best RB: Ray Rice, Ravens: The Swiss Army Knife of the NFL, he rushed for over 1,000 yards, and had over 600 receiving yards.

Rookie of the Year: Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: Broke too many records to be ignored.

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