The 2022-23 NFL season will be coming to an end soon. With the playoffs now in full swing, there are more stories to pay attention to. Though, every year at the end of the season the awards are given. This season, we have voted as a staff on the Fantom Sports NFL 2022-23 Awards.
MVP: Patrick Mahomes
Though many players were up for the candidacy of being our most valuable player, no player has had the season quite like Patrick Mahomes. The two-time All-Pro QB led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 14-3 record, which tied the Philadelphia Eagles for the best record in the NFL this season. Mahomes led the NFL in passing yards this season and the next closest player was Justin Herbert, who had 511 passing yards. The Chiefs QB had a career year with 5,250 yards averaging 308 per contest, 41 touchdowns, and had the best QBR with a 77.7.
Coach of the Year: Brian Daboll
There weren’t many clear-cut favorites for this award in our eyes. You could say Nick Siranni, Doug Pederson, or Kyle Shanahan. Though, nobody quite the season like Brian Daboll’s team did. Daboll took a 4-13 team from a season ago and led them to a 9-7-1 season. Not only that, but he got a productive season out of both Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones. The New York Giants are set to face off against Pederson, Jalen Hurts, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Comeback Player of the Year: Geno Smith
For the entire season, this award the candidacy for this award has been between Smith, Christian McCaffrey, Barkley, and Jared Goff. Though after leading the Seahawks to a 9-8 season, and into the playoffs when everyone predicted the Seahawks to be in the midst of a rebuild. Smith led the NFL in completion percentage with 69.8% and threw for nearly 4300 yards, earning himself pro-bowl honors for the first time in his career. At the age of 32, some may say that’s improbable and before the season everyone wrote Geno off, but he ain’t write back.
Offensive Player of the Year: Justin Jefferson
Clearly one of, if not the best receivers in the game. Not many players have had an impressive season the way the 23-year-old did. Jefferson balled out in Minnesota once again, though this time he had a career year. The third-year wide receiver led the NFL in receptions (128), yards (1809), and yards per game (106.4). Jefferson has had this award on lock and is on his way to playing in the pro-bowl, and earned his first, first-team All-Pro this season.
Defensive Player of the Year: Nick Bosa
Towards the end of the season, Bosa ran away with the odds to win the award. Others who may have been favorites include Micah Parsons, Chris Jones, Maxx Crosby, and Myles Garrett. Though neither of them put up the numbers that Bosa did. The four-year veteran defensive end helped his team get back into the postseason. He led the NFL in sacks with 18.5. He only had 51 tackles, but the main reason for that is that he was in the backfield most of the time pressuring the QB (56).
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kenneth Walker
The Seahawks’ rookie RB burst onto the scene in week two, yes there have been players who have done the same over the course of the season. Brock Purdy has led San Francisco to a 6-0 record since taking over as the QB. Garrett Wilson, Kenny Pickett, and Christian Watson have all had terrific seasons in their own right, though nobody matches up to what Walker has been able to do. In just 15 games, 11 of which were starts, Walker eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards and led all rookies in that category. Becoming just the second rookie running back to carry for over 1,000 yards in Seahawks history.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Sauce Gardner
For us here at Fantom Sports, this award came down to two players: Gardner and Tariq Woolen. Though Aidan Hutchinson might be a candidate, he didn’t receive any votes for DROY. All three have been terrific and it was a tough call between Gardner and Woolen. The latter may have had more interceptions, but the former shut down his receivers more.
TL//DR: Fantom Sports NFL 2022-23 Awards
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