Many thanks to BigBlueShoe of Stampede Blue for putting this together. For the record, I did not vote for Peyton Manning as MVP!
Just in time for Election Season, the football writers at SB Nation were polled on their picks for the best and worst players, coaches, and teams at the midway point of the 2006 NFL season. Surprisingly, several races were blowouts, except for "Worst Coach" at the midway point, which ended up as a tie. Somehow, I doubt the "winners" of this category will ask for a re-count. For many, it's not surprising that the Rookie of the Midway Point plays for New Orleans. The surprising part is it's certainly not Reggie Bush. Bush did get a rookie award, but not the kind many at ESPN were expecting.
So, without further ado, here are the SB Nation NFL Mid-Season Awards:
Offensive Player: Peyton Manning, QB Colts
Defensive Player: Champ Bailey, CB Broncos
Coach: Sean Payton, Saints
Rookie: Maurice Colston, WR Saints
Worst Coach: Tie between Dennis Green (Arizona Cardinals) and Nick Saban (Miami Dolphins)
Worst Rookie: Reggie Bush, RB Saints. Somewhere, Stewart Scott at ESPN is crying.
Some funny nuggets from the SB Nation writers as they turned in their ballots:
I'm sure Skin Patrol appreciates that.
Walsh is the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders, the team saint blogs for. Oakland was shut out again on Monday Night Football this week. As you can see, saint is a little upset.
Though not a category, the best write-in stuff game from Gonzo at Daily Norseman:
That concludes the 2006 Mid-Season awards. We'll do a 2006 Season Awards when the regular season concludes.