NFL Mid-Season (Dis)Honors and Awards

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Honolulu transplant from Nashville, Tennessee. Teaching high school English during the day, coaching Track & Field in the afternoon, then drinking enough to do it all over again.

Too competitive for an amateur, too amateur to be competitive.

At the end of every season, the NFL hosts its own awards show called the NFL Honors. It’s a time for players to celebrate one another and recognize amazing individual accomplishments. Plenty of writers love to make their awards predictions halfway through the season, but that’s boring. Who has been the Least Valuable Player? Is the biggest rookie bust on your team? Which coach deserves the dishonorable Coach of the Year? All are great questions and I’m sure everybody is debating these hot topics in barbershops across the country. Without further ado, here are my choices for the NFL mid-season (dis)honors and awards.

You might say they’re… Crow Worthy… I’ll see myself out.

OROY – Offensive Rookie (Bust) of the Year

Nominees: OT Andrew Thomas (NYG), RB AJ Dillon (GB), RB Cam Akers (LAR), WR Jalen Reagor (PHI)

Winner: Andrew Thomas

The 2020 draft class was supposedly full of can’t-miss offensive tackles. The Giants had their first pick of them and chose the league leader of all OTs in sacks allowed: Andrew Thomas. With a pitiful pass-blocking PFF grade of 43, it’s no wonder Daniel Jones is having to run 80 yards out of the pocket. The other 3 miss the award because of lack of opportunities, but Reagor was taken one pick before Justin Jefferson. Thomas may improve in the future, but the number 4 overall pick should have been a plug and play starter. The only reason he’s still on the team is because of the high investment. Congratulations, Giants! At least they got one of my NFL mid-season awards, right?

DROY – Defensive Rookie (Bust) of the Year

Nominees: LB Isaiah Simmons (ARI), EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson (JAX), CB Jeffrey Okudah (DET), CB Jeff Gladney (MIN)

Winner: Jeff Gladney

Trevor Ruszkowski / USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 draft was considered a deep one in WR, OT, and CB. However, the rookie CBs are getting beat badly this year and no one may be having a rougher go of it then Jeff Gladney. Taken with the 31st pick of the draft, he got his first real snap count in Week 2 against Indianapolis. I know he played Philip Rivers and then Ryan Tannehill, but Gladney looked like the junkyard cars used to show off the monster trucks at a rally.

In two games, he was targeted 18 times, gave up 12 catches for 196 yards, and allowed 59 yards after catch. PFF has his coverage grade at a real first-round worthy 48.2. Other rookie corners may be struggling too, but experts agree they aren’t as far off as Gladney. So congratulations! You won the dishonorable Defensive Rookie of the Year! One of the premier NFL mid-season awards!

Gladney gets put in the spinner a few times
Gladney went to TCU- Terrible Coverage University

OPOY – Dishonorable Offense Player of the Year

Nominees: QB Mitch Trubisky (CHI), QB Dwayne Haskins (WAS), WR AJ Green (CIN), RB Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)

Winner: Ezekiel Elliott

Imagine paying a RB $15 million a year in 2020 and then going 2-5. Now imagine that this RB also has 5 fumbles, the 42nd best PFF rushing grade, his longest rush is 24 yards, and hasn’t had a 100 yard rushing game yet. That’s the always-hungry Zeke Elliott. This award recognizes the offensive player who has been the biggest disappointment to their team, and Elliott is certainly dishonoring his team this year. A team with Super Bowl hopes got hit with injuries at nearly every position group, but at least they have their superstar RB to save the day. Zeke hasn’t been asking to be fed much lately, and I think it’s because he’s had his fill of dishonor this year.

DPOY – Dishonorable Defensive Player of the Year

Nominees: CB Vernon Hargreaves (HOU), EDGE Chandler Jones (ARI), LB Cory Littleton (LV), DL Trysten Hill (DAL)

Winner: Trysten Hill

What do you get when you combine one of the dirtiest plays of the year with one of the worst defenses in the league? The dishonored Defensive Player of the Year! The 2019 2nd round pick is getting a hefty number of snaps each game, and has exactly 8 tackles and 0 sacks to show for it. I know, he’s an interior defender and those guys do things that don’t show up in the stats. But Hill has one of the worst PFF grades in the league- forget about just defensive linemen.

If it wasn’t for the viral video of him twisting Chris Carson’s leg, then maybe he doesn’t get mentioned here. As it stands, he’s a decently high draft pick getting lots of playing time and absolutely crushing toilet bowl standards. He deserves the highest – lowest? – of dishonors for a defensive player, hence his spot on my NFL mid-season awards list.

The whole world shamed this man for a dirty play

COY – Dishonorable Coach of the Year

Nominees: Adam Gase (NYJ), Mike McCarthy (DAL), Doug Marrone (JAX), Doug Pederson (PHI)

Winner: Adam Gase

Seth Wenig, AP

I excluded first time head coaches from the list and focused on guys who had teams with potential. I also excluded coaches who were already fired, otherwise Bill O’Brien would have been on the list as well. Instead, Adam Gase is coaching the only winless team in the NFL. Congratulations, Adam! You have a historically bad offense, an awful defense, are holding fake meetings with his coaches, and are inserting injured players into the lineup.

The rest of the world is baffled at how Adam Gase still has a job and so am I. I’m convinced the rest of the Jets offense is Hall of Fame worthy without Gase after Tannehill and Robby Anderson have escaped him and performed in elite fashion. In the meantime, he gets my dishonorable Coach of the Year award. Now take it and get out of the NFL.

LVP – Least Valuable Player

Nominees: QB Nick Foles (CHI), QB Mitch Trubisky (CHI), QB Sam Darnold (NYJ), QB Drew Lock (DEN)

Winner: Drew Lock

This is a QB race anyway, and the QB to hurt their team the most is Drew Lock of the Denver Broncos! Nick Foles might be holding the Bears back from being contenders, but he has almost no time to throw the ball, pointing to bigger problems on offense than just him. Lock, however, is the gold standard of trash quarterback play.

With the 3rd best time to throw and still one of the lowest grades across PFF, CPOE, and the worst QBR in the league, Drew Lock is single-handedly holding back his offensive weapons. Denver is loaded at every skill position and is still bottom 5 in points per game. I suspect Lock wasn’t rapping Jeezy, but instead performing a spell to keep his starting job. That spell should be broken soon, as Drew Lock should be going to the bench after becoming the Least Valuable Player in the NFL.

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