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NFL Pro Bowl & Awards for 2009
by John Canton (NFL)
Posted on December 29, 2009, 4:00 PM

Pro Bowl rosters get announced today. I'll give my predictions for the key positions. Somebody can post the full results later. Of course for each spot there will be alternates that will likely play because the SB guys won't play due to the game being the week before the SB and all the bullshit injuries guys come up with. I watched more NFL this year than any year of my life. The fact that I broke up with my girlfriend a couple of months ago probably coincided with that.

AFC
QB: Peyton Manning, Phil Rivers, Tom Brady
Sorry Schaub and Roethlisberger.

RB: Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Rice
Others would be Jones and Benson. I went Rice over Jones because he's more of an all-purpose back.

WR: Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson
It's hard to leave off Moss and Ocho, but it's a deep position. I think VJax deserves it.

TE: Antonio Gates, Dallas Clark
Nobody really close to them.

I'm skipping OL.

DT: Jonathan Fanene, Tony Brown, John Henderson
Slim pickings. Not a good year for AFC DTs.

DE: Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Aaron Schobel
The Colts DE's deserve it. If Antwan Odom doesn't get hurt he's in for sure.

MLB: Demeco Ryans, David Harris
DJ Williams deserves it too. Ray Lewis does not, but probably will get it.

OLB: Elvis Dumervill, James Harrison, Shaun Phillips
Not a huge sack year except for Dumervill.

CB: Darelle Revis, Leon Hall, Nnamdi Asomugha
Never understood why it's not four here considering it's four WRs. Revis is for sure. Asomugha has only 1 INT, but it's because nobody throws at him. Both Cincy CBs deserve it, but I'll go with Hall over Joseph.

S: Jairus Byrd, Antoine Bethea, Brandon Meriweather
Kinda weird without no Reed or Polamalu due to injury. Of course Bob Sanders is out.

Screw kickers.

NFC
QB: Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers
Pretty easy to go with these three. Guys like Warner, McNabb, Romo and Manning all had good years too. Kyle Boller is the 45th alternate.

RB: Adrian Peterson, Steven Jackson, Ryan Grant
Obviously AP is for sure. I think you could make a case for Gore, but Jackson deserves it despite his team's lack of success and should be rewarded for producing while being hurt too.

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Miles Austin, Desean Jackson, Steve Smith (NYG)
Tough to leave off Sidney Rice. Fitz has the most TDs and the biggest name, so he'll get in.

TE: Vernon Davis, Brent Celek
Could make a case for Witten and Gonzalez, but I think Celek deserves it more.

I'm skipping OL.

DT: Kevin Williams, Darnell Dockett, Jay Ratliff
They're all consistently great. I love Ratliff's yell.

DE: Jared Allen, Will Smith, Trent Cole
I think Smith's tremendously underrated. Cole deserves it over Peppers.

MLB: Patrick Willis, Jon Beason
Easy picks. I like Karlos Dansby too.

OLB: DeMarcus Ware, Brian Orakpo, Clay Matthews Jr.
Ware's the best obviously. Orakpo's tough to block and once Clay Jr. started getting at the QB the Packers defense turned into an elite group.

CB: Charles Woodson, Asante Samuel, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
I think they are all standouts.

S: Darren Sharper, Adrian Wilson, Nick Collins
Sharper's presence was huge for NO.

Screw kickers.

AWARDS
MVP: Peyton Manning
Runners up: Brees, Rivers, Rodgers and Favre. It's a QB dominated award. I think there's a slight chance Brees might win because people are sick of voting for Manning. Neither is a bad choice. I still don't understand how people can say Brady's better than Manning this decade when Manning's winning his fourth MVP while Brady only has one. The whole rings argument is overrated to me. Peyton Manning is the best QB ever and he's still got another five great years left in that arm.

Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Johnson
Runners up: Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. When you have 500 more rushing yards than the next RB I'd say you deserve this. His 5.8 yards per carry is pretty disgusting. He also might break my boy Marshall Faulk's record for yards from scrimmage in a season because he's a receiving threat too. If they give this award to a QB it's just wrong.

Defensive Player of the Year: Charles Woodson
Runners up: Darelle Revis, Jared Allen, Elvis Dumervill and Darren Sharper. I'm probably reaching a bit because it's rare that a CB ever wins this award, but if you watch the games you can see how great Woodson is (plus the 8 picks helps too). He covers at a high level, he blitzes very well off the edge and has been consistent all year. Revis winning the award would be fine too. He's a shut down guy. Allen, Dumervill and Sharper all had really hot starts, but have since faded a bit.

Coach of the Year: Sean Payton
Runners up: Jim Caldwell and Josh McDaniels. If Denver gets in the playoffs you can give it to McDaniels because they've overachieved. If Indy went undefeated, give it to Caldwell. Since I don't think either of those things will happen, I'll give it to Payton. Give him credit for the six win improvement (assuming they win week 17) and for improving the defense.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Percy Harvin
Runners up: Knowshon Moreno. No real standouts, but I'll give it to Harvin for being a huge impact player for the Vikes both as a slot WR and as a returner.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Clay Matthews Jr.
Runners up: Bryan Cushing, Jairus Byrd. I'm going with Matthews because his second half has been awesome and he's on a playoff team.

Is there a comeback player of the year? If it is, that has to be Tom Brady.

I won't be watching the Pro Bowl, but I will be watching to see how close my picks are.



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