Monday, November 10, 2008

NFL MID SEASON AWARDS - by Cohin K


So we've finally made it to the middle of this highly anticipated season.. and did anyone see this coming? Manning is actually human, Brady's injured, and the pre-season Superbowl favorites are struggling to make it to .500 in San Diego and Minnesota. The beauty of this game all lies in "Any Given Sunday" and who knows what we can expect to see this second half. As for the first half, below are the honorable mentions thus far:

Offensive player of the half: Clinton Portis
Is there any question on this one? He's leading the league in rushing and quietly carrying his team into the playoffs.

Defensive player of the half: Joey Porter
Just when you thought he was over and done with, Porter once again walks the walk and is currently on pace to shatter Strahan's sack record!

Coach of the half: Jeff Fisher
8-0, need we say anymore?

MVP: Eli Manning
I know this is controversial, but who saw this Manning being able to shake off the Superbowl hangover and continue to play like a champ?

DMVP: Albert Haynesworth
The whole Titans' D actually deserves this award thus far, but since big Al is the face of the D, gotta give it up.

Rookie of the half: Matt Ryan
Tough choosing Ryan over Chris Johnson in Tennessee and Forte in Chicago, but for a rookie Qb to come in and change the whole direction of a franchise on the rebound in his first year, is truly something admirable.

Breakout player of the half: Calvin Johnson
We all knew this was a time bomb waiting to explode. I know the Lions really offer nothing good to the league, but if they can somehow find an arm to get this guy the ball, at least they'll offer us some entertaining highlight reels.

Clown team of the half: Detroit Lions
0-8 and counting...

Surprise Team of the half: Atlanta Falcons
The kid's got an arm, and Turner is shining in the long awaited spotlight. Roddy White catches anything thrown at him, and if this team gets hot going into the playoffs... watch out!

Biggest fantasy bust of the half: Ryan Grant
5.1 yards per carry with 8 TD's is what Grant boasted last yr... to only drastically drop off to 3.5 yards per carry and 1 TD this year.

Fantasy Surprise of the half: Michael Turner
Some like Sank say this was a long time coming, but although we knew the talent was there, the ATL OLine was always in question. Whatever the case may be, Turner's got 794 yards on the ground with a 4.5 avd and 6 TD's through 8 games!

Most disappointing Team of the half: Indianapolis Colts
Brady goes down.. there's only one gun left in the AFC right? Not true, my friends... a 4-4 record and Peyton's passer rating of 83.3 is definitely something we never saw coming out of Indy, especially with everyone back healthy. To put that in perspective for you, the following QB's have a higher QB rating than Peyton Manning: Matt Cassel, Matt Ryan, Jeff Garcia, and Kyle Orton.

The All-Pro Docksquad Team of the half:

QB- Kurt Warner (Ari)
QB2- Drew Brees (NO)

RB- Clinton Portis (Wash)
RB2- Brandon Jacobs (NYG)

WR1- Andre Johnson (Hou)
WR2- Greg Jennings (GB)
WR3- Larry Fitzgerald (Ari)
WR4- Roddy White (Atl)

TE- Chris Cooley (Wash)
TE2- Owen Daniels (Hou)

OLine- Titans (Collins only sacked 3 times, league's lowest)

DLine- Titans

LB's- Joey Porter (Mia), James Harrison (Pitt), DeMarcus Ware (Dal), Lamar Woodley (Pitt), Briggs(Chi)

DB's- Cortland Finnegan (Tenn), Charles Woodson (GB), Oshiomogho Atogwe (StL), Darrelle Revis (NYJ)

S- Nick Collins (GB), M. Griffin (Tenn), Kevin Payne (Chi)

KR: Ellis Hobbs (NE)
PR: Reggie Bush (NO)

It should be noted that the following did not make the cut: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ladanian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson (close call), Randy Moss, or T.O.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

No awards for Peterson? Manning as MVP? Remind me to never check this site again

Cohin Kakar said...

Keep in mind that this post was written at the end of week 8.. (Before AP's domination over GB and right after Manning's impressive victory over Pittsburgh). If you don't wanna check this site, feel free to check out www.keepcrying.com

Anonymous said...

kurt warner mvp

Anonymous said...

chargers are the most disappointing team of the league hands down nuff said.

Cohin Kakar said...

I agree with you on the Chargers having an embarrassing season, but despite their atrocious record (and you have to remember LT's nagging injury), they are still only 1 game behind from being atop their division. Indy (who has been quite healthy throughout despite Addai missing a couple), on the other hand, is a healthy 4 games behind Tenessee.

I don't believe either of these teams will get into the playoffs without winning their division with the way New England and Baltimore are playing, in position for the wildcards.

Anonymous said...

The Colts and healthy? You are joking right? Manning, our Offensive Line including our starting center, Addai, Sanders, and others were out this year and we still have a better record than the Chargers. Try again

Anonymous said...

Greg Jennings has had a great season but there is no way he deserves to be on this list. How about Boldin? He has missed 2 or 3 games and still has 10 touchdowns.

Anonymous said...

Boldin nukka

Cohin Kakar said...

Good points on the Colts. My last comments on that are the Chargers have always disappointed, so we are used to it.. the Colts have not.

I love Boldin, but like I said this was written right after week 8, he missed weeks 5-7.In fantasy, Boldin is arguably the best WR in the league with all those TD's, but in our selection, we took receiving yards and average yards per catch into consideration. At the time this was written, Jennings had more than 250 yards receiving than big Q.

Anonymous said...

HOW DO YOU FORGET Nnamdi Asomugha

bags030404 said...

was this based totally from the fantasy perspective? That would be the only explanation for Drew Brees!

Anonymous said...

i concur with the dilluting of fantasy and reality. how can manning be your mvp but not on 1st or 2nd team??

Cohin Kakar said...

The awards were based on performance in conjunction with team performance. The all pro teams were based on individual stats, which can be attributed to being fantasy value as well.

Please feel free to share your first team squad's lineups..

Anonymous said...

your explanations don't even make sense

Anonymous said...

Ahhh yes the age-old MVP debate....is it the best player in the league (stats) or most valuable. I can sense the frustration levels of this writer, kaka cohen or whatever mounting. anonymous'(1)- writer(0)

Anonymous said...

Ahhh yes the age-old MVP debate....is it the best player in the league (stats) or most valuable. I can sense the frustration levels of this writer, kaka cohen or whatever mounting. anonymous'(1)- writer(0)

Mack said...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6catQoYIeI

Anonymous said...

I just checked the nfl.com for player stats and also my fantasy league leaders. And I came to the conclusion that every single award was handed based on purely numerical data. Mr. Do Do or Ka Ka or whatever your name is, do you actually watch football?

Cohin Kakar said...

Thank you all for being anonymous and sharing your feedback. Your criticisms give my opinions credibility and make them apparently quite influential to create this type of stir, so I appreciate that.

I don't need to address every specific criticism, but a word of advice- read the other anonymous comments before posting your own. As you will see, another bonehead, just like yourself, wondered the same things before you and received their answers.

As for the stats.. don't the better players usually have the numbers to show for it? Just a thought.

Haha, and no frustration here, just an assessment to start writing in a more elementary and comprehensible level for the site, so that you "scholars" may actually understand the material.

Be on the lookout for the end of the year awards, as I am sure you all are hyped to see them!

Anonymous said...

^^^^
Too much time on his hands.

Anonymous said...

are u a blogger mr. writer?

Anonymous said...

are u a blogger mr. writer?

Anonymous said...

Don't better players have better numbers to show for it? NO!!! Isn't Lendale White at the top for number of rushing touchdowns? I think Brett Favre has a ton of touchdown throws but half came in one game!!

Anonymous said...

IF YOU WANT TO GO BY NUMBERS YOU MIGHT AS WELL MAKE LENDALE WHITE MVP OF THE LEAGUE. SOMETIMES COMMON SENSE MIGHT BE A BETTER TOOL TO USE WHEN MAKING THESE THINGS.

Anonymous said...

I hope Mr. Docksquad didn't pay any "Co(h)in" to this jack ass for this article.

Cohin Kakar said...

Haha, wow. Little did I know there was such sensitive testosterone (or is it estrogen?) around. Sorry if I hurt your feelings guys.. maybe one day you can write for a site and get me back! Yeah!

To address the numbers issue, as aforementioned, multiple stat categories were taken into consideration, not just touchdowns (hence the Boldin, Lendale, and Favre omissions).

I am interested in hearing whom you think I have missed or misjudged. If you still don't understand the justifications and/or reasoning, consider reading other blogs that cover the LPGA or WNBA where your feelings and emotions actually matter.. they'll accept you with open arms and tissue in hand.

Good Day My Friends! :-D

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