The 2016 NFL season has reached the midway point and the playoff picture is taking shape. Some teams will be thinking of January football and some will be looking towards next season. As teams get ready for the second half of the football year, let's see how the NFL awards would go if the season ended today.

Most Valuable Player - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons QB

As much as I'd love to put Tom Brady here (and think he will be here at the end of the year) 4 games isn't enough to justify MVP, so the award goes to Matty Ice. Throwing for 19 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, leading the league in passing offence and winning 5 games, including 3 division match ups, despite having the leagues 32nd ranked defence on his team. Ryan is proving himself to be one of the top Quarterbacks in the league and, with the help of Julio Jones, is surpassing records set by the 2000 Rams, 'The Greatest Show on Turf'.

Notable Mentions - Tom Brady, Julio Jones, Ezekiel Elliot, Derek Carr

Offensive Player of the Year - Tom Brady, New England Patriots, QB

To be honest, this could be any from the MVP section but since it didn't seem to fair to give Brady MVP, he definitely deserves this. Brady is playing flawless football at as perfect a level the league has ever seen. His arm is seemingly stronger than ever, he has the highest QBR for QBs with over 50 attempts and passes of 20+ yards this season. He has thrown for 1,319 yards, 12 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. All of this at 39 years old and in 4 games. G.O.A.T.

Notable Mentions - Julio Jones, Ezekiel Elliot, Derek Carr, David Johnson, Matthew Stafford

Defensive Player of the Year - Von Miller, Denver Broncos, LB

Another tough one but he has looked like the same player as last year, has 8.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and finds a way to stand out on arguably the leagues best defence, despite being the focal point of opposing team's game plans. His versatility also helps, with the Broncos frequently moving him around and helping in coverage.

Notable Mentions - Zach Brown, Aaron Donald, Marcus Peters

Offensive Rookie of the Year - Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys, RB

Tough to pick anyone other than Zeke, he leads the league in rushing yards with an average of 114 YPG and has the second highest average YPC of anyone with over 100 attempts. Already fans have witnessed his athleticism (see Cowboys vs Bears), power (see Cowboys vs Seahawks) and burst (leads the league in 20+ yard runs). Obviously, it doesn't hurt that he's running behind the best o-line in the league.

Notable Mentions - Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz

Defensive Rookie of the Year - Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville Jaguars, DE

The 3rd round rookie out of Maryland has been a nice surprise for the Jags and has surprisingly stayed under the radar, despite picking up some excellent numbers at the mid-way point. 13 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 interception and 3 forced fumbles are some of the most impressive stats I've seen from a rookie and if he continues to impress, he could pick up the honours.

Notable Mentions - Joey Bosa, Jalen Ramsey, Deion Jones

Coach of the Year - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Belichick continues to make his case for the best coach of all time. Coaching a Tom Brady-less team to a 3-1 record, even with a third string rookie QB after Jimmy Garappolo went down injured. Since Brady has been back the game planning has been perfect and the team seems as well-coached and disciplined as ever. In my opinion the league takes him for granted, he could win it any season but people have come to expect greatness, meaning this year could be the year for him due to his start without Brady.

Notable Mentions - Mike Zimmer, Jack Del Rio


Published by Michael Long