Amidst all the Super Bowl 57 hype. Tonight were the NFL Honors that saw the Eagles, almost surprisingly, miss out on any and every award they were nominated to win.

While there was some awards the Eagles weren’t nominated for, let’s take a look at every award outcome, and what kind of chance the nominated Eagles stood.

 

Assistant Coach Of The Year

Nominees:
DeMeco Ryans, 49ers DC
Shane Steichen, Eagles OC
Ben Johnson, Lions OC

It was quite obvious DeMeco Ryans was going to win. The #1 Defence in the League wasn’t walking away without numerous awards. And it became more clear that Ryans would be the Assistant Coach Of The Year when the Texans announced DeMeco Ryans 6 year head coaching contract.

The best part of Assistant Coach Of The Year, was Eagles OL Coach Jeff Stoutland received 1 vote alongside Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon. Steichen was nominated, but received 0 votes.

Offensive Player Of The Year

Nominees:
Tyreek Hill, Dolphins WR
Justin Jefferson, Vikings WR
Jalen Hurts, Eagles QB
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs QB

As long as Justin Jefferson continues to put up historic receiving numbers (1,809 Yards, 8 Touchdowns) If Jefferson can inch closer and closer to Megatron’s 1,964 Receiving Yard Record, Offensive Player of the Year will be his award to lose every year.
While Tyreek started the season with outstanding numbers, the loss of Tua Tagovailoa halted whatever chance he might’ve had.

As for the Quarterbacks. There hasn’t been a QB Offensive Player of the Year since Mahomes in 2018. If someone were to do it again it would’ve been another award added to Mahomes early and extensive cabinet.

Defensive Player Of The Year

Nominees:
Nick Bosa, 49ers DE
Micah Parsons, Cowboys LB
Chris Jones, Chiefs DT

Hard to keep quiet about this one. Haason Reddick wasn’t even NOMINATED for Defensive Player of the Year. Sure, he ended up receiving 2 votes, coming in 2nd place to Nick Bosa’s 46. But I guess 49 Tackles, 16 Sacks and 5 Forced Fumbles doesn’t compare to 51 Tackles, 18.5 Sacks and 2 Forced Fumbles.

I would have rather watched Micah Parsons win another award. But thus is life, and we’ll move onto the next one.

Offensive Rookie Of The Year

Nominees:
Brock Purdy, 49ers QB
Kenneth Walker, Seahawks RB
Garrett Wilson, Jets WR

Thankfully, a Rookie QB who only played half the season didn’t win an ‘Of The Year’ award.

Offensive Rookie of the Year was quite a tossup between Walker or Wilson. With Walker(1,050 Yard, 9 TD) receiving 19 1st place votes, he seemingly should have won the award. However the NFL’s new system providing voters with 1st, 2nd and 3rd pick, Wilson (1,103 Yard, 4 TD)received more of the overall votes.

The Eagles didn’t have an Offensive Rookie with an outstanding performanc. So let’s bask in Grant Calcaterra’s 40 yard first catch against the Commanders in Week 2!

Defensive Rookie Of The Year

Nominees:
Sauce Gardner, Jets CB
Tariq Woolen, Seahawks CB
Aidan Hutchinson, Lions DE

In April, I was hoping for a miracle that the Eagles could draft Sauce Gardner. It was unlikely he fell to 15, but thankfully so the Eagles went out and grabbed James Bradberry as their CB2 instead.

The Jets Cornerback played 100% of the Jets defensive snaps in 14 games this season. Only allowing 1 touchdown, with 20 pass break ups and 2 interceptions. It was clear who Defensive Rookie of the Year was going to be.

Meanwhile in Detroit, the Lions have found their Edge’s of the future. Aidan Hutchinson continued to improve as the year went on, and Dan Campbell’s Lions came a Ram’s Field Goal short of making the playoffs.

While Jordan Davis Rookie season didn’t boast double digit sacks. His presence along the defensive line helped the Eagles dominate Running Backs early in the year. After the Week 9 matchup against the Texans, the Eagles were having problems with the run game. Leading to their first loss a week after, it was obvious that the Eagles needed Jordan Davis. Losing one game was enough for GM Howie Roseman, who went out and got Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph, days after the Eagles lost their first game, with Davis still on IR for several weeks after.

Comeback Player Of The Year

Nominees:
Christian McCaffrey, Panthers/49ers RB
Geno Smith, Seahawks QB
Saquon Barkley, Giants RB

For what it’s worth. McCaffrey played 7 games last year. Brandon Graham tore his Achilles in Week 2 last season. Coming back at age 34, to post a career high 11 sacks was an amazement amongst Eagles fans. With McCaffrey getting traded to the 49ers, and putting up similar stats to what he put up in Carolina. Was quite a silly nomination.

Saquon Barkley had a much better case for the award. Not only was Barkley’s 593 Yard 2021 season only from 13 games. Even those numbers pale in comparison to his 2022 stats. Barkley had 1,312 Rushing Yards and broke the double digit touchdown mark for the first time since 2018.

Okay hear me out. Geno Smith had 702 Passing Yards in the 3 games he started for the Seahawks in 2021. Had he played all 17 games as the starter, Geno Smith would have been on pace for 3,978 Passing Yards, 28 Touchdowns and 17 Interceptions. Not so impressive of a comeback story now when you look at his 4,282 Yards, 30 Touchdowns and 11 Interceptions this season.

Coach Of The Year

Nominees:
Brian Daboll, Giants
Nick Sirianni, Eagles
Sean McDermott, Bills
Kyle Shanahan, 49ers
Doug Pederson, Jaguars

Credit where it’s due. The Giants worked with a whole lot of nothing at WR all year, and still managed to make the playoffs. Fox might have claimed Nick Sirianni their coach of the year, but Daboll and Pederson both had astounding cases for the award.

Both Brian Daboll and Doug Pederson took teams that had been in the basement of the standings for the last 5 years, and took both of them to the Divisional Round. It’s impressive they managed to get as far as they did, and now their respective divisions will have more competition for the years to come.

Weird seeing Sean McDermott and Kyle Shanahan nominated here. Sure it’s not a “most improved team” award or anything. But the Bills are a rather chaotic team, maybe that’s Josh Allen’s fault. And the 49ers have reappeared on top of a weak NFC South, amidst an offensive super team, and the #1 Defence in the League. Yes, I understand it’s a regular season award, but Kyle Shanahan will remain near the top of my Fraud List until he can finish the 4th quarter of a Super Bowl with the lead.

Nick Sirianni stood a chance for winning here. Taking the Eagles from 9-8 to 14-3, a Super Bowl appearance, a Top 3 Offence and a Top 3 Defence, but alas, not this year.

 

Most Valuable Player

Nominees:
Josh Allen, Bills QB
Joe Burrow, Bengals QB
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs QB
Justin Jefferson, Vikings WR
Jalen Hurts, Eagles QB

Patrick Mahomes’ 2nd MVP award was something to behold. Losing Tyreek Hill in the off-season put a lot of questions around the Chiefs offence, and Mahomes delivered. 5,250 Yards, 41 Touchdowns. After Jalen Hurts shoulder injury, nobody stood a chance at catching Mahomes in the MVP race.

The last few years has seen an influx in some non-QB votes, due to some position players putting up insane numbers. However Jefferson’s nomination seems exactly that. A nod to the records and achievements of the player, but never the award. Joining Cooper Kupp, Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott in that club.

Josh Allen had his name written all over the MVP race, however his Wentzian decisions, and costly turnovers slowly drifted Allen away from the MVP conversation. While Joe Burrow’s slow start, including his 4 interception Week 1 game. Built a case for MVP as the season came to a close, just not this year Bengals.

While Jalen Hurts couldn’t beat Mahomes or Jefferson in the awards he received nominations for, there is still one more chance for Jalen to prove himself this season. His head to head matchup against Mahomes. These teams might have faced off against each other last season, but the stakes were low and the Eagles Pass Rush wasn’t the monster it is today.

There’s also this stat, so maybe losing MVP isn’t the worst case scenario.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale – USA TODAY Sports

 

 

 

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