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With fans of all 32 teams voting, SB Nation’s FanPulse has results for three key mid-season awards.
It’s no shock that young Patrick Mahomes led the voting with 59%. The second-year player and first-year starter is setting passing records every time he steps on the field, and is currently on pace to throw more than 50 touchdowns this season. He’s young, personable, leads and exciting offense, and his team is winning.
l wonder why he didn’t start for the Chiefs last year?
Todd Gurley showed strong for a running back, but if Mahomes stays healthy (remember what happened to Carson Wentz last year) and continues at his current pace, it’s hard to imagine anyone beating him out for this award at the end of the season.
Defensive Player of the Year
First of all, let me say that any vote that doesn’t list Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen on the ballot simply doesn’t have any real credibility. Khalil Mack, the game wrecker (when he was healthy) simply dominated opposing offenses to start the season. He also managed to make Jon Gruden look pretty foolish along the way.
Aaron Donald is right behind him in the voting, but if Mack can finish the season the way he started, then he seems likely to still be running at the front of the pack when the real award is given out. At the moment, though, his injury status is affecting his availability and effectiveness.
I read the Rams site, the Turf Show Times, today, and the fans there are indignant that Aaron Donald is not winning this vote. Watching Total Access tonight, I found out that Donald has 10 sacks this year from his interior DL position, so it seems like there’s good reason for Rams backers to complain.
This could be one of the more interesting awards at the end of the season.
All that said, I’m pretty damned thrilled with the play of Matt Ioannidis, Jon Allen, Daron Payne, Mason Foster, Zach Brown, Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, D.J. Swearinger, Montae Nicholson and Josh Harvey-Clemons. I’m ready to give them an award for Defensive Unit of the Year. They’re monsters that are making opposing offenses pay for every yard they gain. They are currently ranked 4th in the NFL and climbing.
Coach of the Year
McVay probably had a more impressive year last season when he won this award, taking over a roster that had underperformed annually for years, and turning them into a playoff team immediately.
This year he has a roster that is even stronger, and the Rams look like a juggernaut that is headed for the Super Bowl and a Lombardi Trophy. This former long-time Redskins coach is doing a magnificent job and deserves all the praise he is receiving. Of course, the Saints will be looking to derail the juggernaut tomorrow in one of the premier matchups of the week.