All season, NFL fans follow the award race, specifically MVP. Here are the players that I think will win each award for the 2019 season.
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Coach of the Year: Freddie Kitchens
The Browns were much better once Freddie Kitchens was promoted to OC. In the last two seasons, the Coach of the Year award has been awarded to rookie coaches who brought their team to the playoffs. I think that will happen again this year. Cleveland is full of talent on both sides of the ball, and this should result in a playoff birth for the first time in 17 years.
Comeback Player of the Year: Carson Wentz
Wentz had a MVP caliber seaon in 2017, but missed out on the award due to his torn ACL. Last season he wasn’t the same, but I think he will have a huge bounceback season this year, leading the Eagles to win the NFC East. Wentz has a stacked offense around him, with one of the best receiving cores and offensive lines in the NFL.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Josh Allen
Allen fell way too far in the draft, as many thought he would go 4th to Oakland, but the Jags were able to get him at 7. Allen should seemlessly fit into a Jags defense that lost Telvin Smith this year, one that’s the best in the league. I feel like Allen is similar to Khalil Mack, and playing with stars like Myles Jack, Calais Campbell, and Yannick Ngakoue will certainly help his development.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kyler Murray
I think Kyler Murray’s NFL career will start off rough. The Cardinals offensive line is just so bad. Even tough this is a big problem, Murray is being placed in a good offensive system, with an air raid style coach, a top 10 running back, and lots of receivers. I don’t think Arizona will win a lot of games this season, but behind Murray, I think they will score a lot of points.
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Donald
Donald has won this award for the past two seasons, so this isn’t the most adventurous pick. However, he is the most dominant player in the NFL. Recording over 20 sacks as an interior defensive lineman is unheard of. I think Donald will near replicate the season he had last year, and take home the award for the third straight season.
Offensive Player of the Year: Christian McCaffery
As someone who has watched almost every Panthers game for three years, I can comfortably say that McCaffery does everything for this Panthers offense. I think CMC will have his best year yet, recording 2,000 scrimage yards. The Panthers will need to use McCaffery out of the backfield. Doing this will force a linebacker to cover him, and if they use a defensive back, that will open up the running game. While the NFL is now a passing leaue, backs like McCaffery stick around because they can do it all.
MVP: Matt Ryan
People have completely forgot how good Matt Ryan is. His stats last year, on a team completely ruined by injuries, were very similar to his 2016 MVP Performance.
Last year: 4,924 yards, 35 Touchdowns, 7 Interceptions
2016: 4,944 yards, 38 Touchdowns, 7 Interceptions
The seasons are nearly identical. I love Ryan’s chances if the Falcons make the playoffs, which they should.