CSN Houston's 2013 NFL awards

CSN Houston's 2013 NFL awards
January 2, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Palmer / Zangaro

Since the regular season has come to a close, our resident football experts (cough), Dave Zangaro and James Palmer, took a look around the league and offer their choices for the major awards.

Here's what they came up with:

MVP

DZ: Peyton Manning

This one’s a no-brainer. He’s the best player in the league and I’m not sure it’s even that close. The records belong to him and he’ll have a great chance to take his Broncos deep into the playoffs. The only knock on him is the postseason record but that won’t stop him from getting the fifth MVP trophy he deserves.

JP: Peyton Manning

No-brainer? Not exactly, Dave. I mean, what did he actually accomplish this year anyway? I give him the nod because I like how he’s achieved so much while wearing a glove on his throwing hand and because he told fans in Denver to stop cheering if he’s going for it on fourth down. Boss.

Offensive Player of the Year

DZ: LeSean McCoy

This one was the toughest choice for me. McCoy is deserving but so is Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles. McCoy has the yards and the elusiveness. Charles has the touchdowns and the catches. Ultimately, the decision came down to elusiveness. Shady McCoy’s season was magical. He did Barry Sanders-type things on the field this year.

JP: LeSean McCoy

When looking at the receiving comparison McCoy was more effective than most realize. McCoy was thrown at 59 times and caught 52. Compare that to Charles being targeted 95 times and caught 70 with 10 drops. McCoy also averaged more yards per catch and more yards after the catch. The only advantage Charles has is he’s a much better blocker. Sorry, Brian Cushing.

Defensive Player of the Year

DZ: Luke Kuechly

Robert Quinn and J.J. Watt were the other candidates but Kuechly had his great season for a great defense and a playoff team. He had 24 tackles in a game – 24 tackles!!! He also had four interceptions, which happens to be more than any of the Texans’ defensive backs. Kuechly is already scary good but it’s even scarier that he’s in his second season.

JP: Robert Mathis

Dave, you didn’t even mention the NFL’s leader in sacks in 2013? In person I watched Mathis sack Case Keenum to break both the Colts' single season and career sack records. He also made huge game winning plays in games that really matter to the Colts.

Coach of the Year

DZ: Ron Rivera

After a 1-3 start, people were calling for Riverboat Ron’s job. Things have changed. Rivera led the Panthers to a 12-4 record the second seed in the NFC.

JP: Chip Kelly

The Eagles were another great turnaround to watch this season in the NFL. Philly lost five of its first eight games, with three of those losses coming within the division. They finished the season winning seven of their final eight and made the playoffs in his first NFL season. Oh and he had to handled the Riley Cooper situation and a quarterback battle between Michael Vick and Nick Foles.

Offensive Rookie of the Year

DZ: Keenan Allen

Allen did his best to make the rest of the NFL realize its mistake by letting him slip to the Chargers in the third round. He caught 71 passes for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s the second rookie receiver since the merger to put up those numbers. The other was Anquan Boldin.

JP: Keenan Allen

This is an easy one. I remember speaking with for NFL receiver and CSN Houston football analysis Keenan McCardell before the draft. He raved about Allen and actually wanted the Texans to take him with the 27th overall pick. It’s not just the numbers with Allen but the manor in which he scored and caught the football. Just watch his two touchdowns against the Broncos in December.

Defensive Rookie of the Year

DZ: Sheldon Richardson

Richardson had 77 tackles and 3 ½ sacks this season. Oh yeah, the 294-pounder also rushed for two touchdowns. As a defensive tackle, he doesn’t flash a whole lot on defense but he was extremely good in 2013.

JP: Tyrann Mathieu

It was just fun to watch. I was at the NFL Combine and listened to him speak about the changes he had made in his personal life and the end of the “Honey Badger” name.  After missing an entire year of football he had a great rookie season that was cut short sadly by injury. You also didn’t hear anything about him off the field either.

Comeback Player of the Year

DZ: Darrelle Revis

Revis missed the 2012 season with a torn ACL but at 28 years old, and with a new team, Revis played really well. By the end of the year, he was the Revis we have seen for years.

JP: Jason Peters

I know what you’re thinking: too many Eagles. But Peters' recovery from a torn Achilles tendon is remarkable. He missed the 2012 season and now he's back to playing at an All-Pro level. McCoy should thank Peters help for all the accolades he’s receiving this year as well.