Despite the off the field issues, on the field, the NFL treated its fans with quality football games, quality football teams, and on those teams, there were special players. Here at Fan-I Sports, we understand that football is the ultimate team game and also that players make up a team. Even though players at the end of the Year get rewarded for their hard worker with the MVPs and such, sometimes that is not exactly a consensus pick. In other words, they weren't who everyone felt was the right guy or that other guys needed more recognition. That's why "Weekend Warriors" was created, so that a fan can decide on who were the best players, whether they were an unknown name or household name and now we'll give you our yearly edition Weekend Warriors.
Best Team of the Year
Many people would obviously say that this is basically a fancy way of saying Super Bowl winner, however, that is not the case. Even the best lose at inopportune times. With that being said the New England Patriots are the team of the year. It seems like yesterday they were 2-2 and the sky was falling but the team found it and did not look bad. They finished the season as the Number 1 seed in the AFC with a 12-4 record and eventually winning the Super Bowl.
Worst Team of the Year:
I mean it would be easy to say Oakland or Jacksonville, but I won't. I think the Worst Team of the Year is the Atlanta Falcons. They have so much talent that it makes no sense how the team couldn't find their rhythm. They actually looked soft and lacked a sense of fight. Hopefully the Atlanta Falcons find it next year cause it would be a shame if the Falcons don't figure it out given their talent.
Best Player of the Year
Again, the easy answer is Tom Brady who was sensational this year but I am going off the Grid. I really think that even though Andrew Luck fell flat on his face in the AFC championship, over the course of the year, his body of work was impressive. He did not exactly have great receivers on paper at the start of the season. He has an inconsistent T.Y Hilton and a legendary, but declining Reggie Wayne. He did have a chemistry with all his receivers that not only made Luck look good but helped the younger receivers turned into better players. Luck finished with the third most passing yards in the regular season with 4,761 and the most passing touchdowns in the regular season with 40. Just if people are curious, Tom Brady finished with 4106 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns but also with the Superbowl.
- Honorable mention player of the Year: If J.J Watt is not unanimously the best defensive player in everyone's one mind, then I do not know if you understand the game of football. J.J Watt literally did everything his team needed. He got sacks, fumbles, interceptions, and oh what's that, he also catches touchdown passes as well. Watt was just historically good this year and it would be an injustice if he was not crowned Defensive Player of the Year and for that he gets an honorable mention.
Worst Player of the Year
If any coach can figure out why Geno Smith sucks then they deserve a big raise. Statistically, he was terrible (2525 passing yard, 13 passing touchdowns 13 interceptions) and it wasn't just that, he lacked confidence in what he wanted to do with the ball. For example, how many times did Geno Smith have an open running lane and he decides to hold on to the ball, only to be sacked. Or how many times does Smith look like he is about to pass down the field but decides to hold on to it and check down. I do not think he is bad, I simply think Smith lacks confidence, and to be honest, I really do not know how he will get it.
Game of the Year
Surprise of the Year
When Sean Lee went down in training camp, with an already terrible Dallas Cowboys' defense, I was expecting the Cowboys defense to be even more historically bad. However, I got to say that Rob Marinelli really figured it out. Rolando McClain had his career resurrected, Orlando Scandrick might be certifiable but a Damn good player, and the Canadian Tyrone Crawford was a presence on the line. For that the Cowboys are the surprise of the Year. However, honorable mention to Arizona who really impressed me despite the I word (injuries) killing them.
There is the Year in a nutshell. For next year I am hoping for less off the field stupidity and better football.