NFL Midseason Awards

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NFL Awards-Midseason Edition

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The 2012 NFL season has hit the midway point, and it's time that we take a look at some of the top players and coaches and evaluate who is having the best seasons. At the end of the year the league gives out lots and lots of awards for the top offensive and defensive players both veterans and rookies and we all want to see "our" guy get that honor. Making choices like this are never easy, but not because no one deserves it but because so many players do. And I fully expect to offend some with my choices, and I won’t be shocked if I am asked at least once the age old question, “do you even watch the games?”. No, I never watch. Ever.

I wanted to take a look at guys in the following categories-

Offensive Player of the year-This is not the MVP. This is who I consider the best offensive weapon in the league at the midway point.

Defensive Player of the year-Same as it was for the offense. Not about value, but all about dominating on the field.

NFL MVP-This is the player I consider the most invaluable to his team success. It's the old cliche' about removing this player from the team how good are they.

Offensive Rookie of the Year-This is a tremendous rookie class at mid-season so selecting the one guy who has been the most outstanding 8 games in.

Defensive Player of the Year-Another very strong group and several guys who deserve the honor.

Coach of the Year-Many of these guys have done tremendous job turning their programs around, and deserve a ton of credit for how their teams have performed.

Comeback Player of the Year-Every year NFL athletes come back from devastating injuries to compete in the league and this season has been no different.

And please acknowledge this is my perception of these players. I understand that others will see things differently and that's ok by me. Like I always say, I'm not here to change anyone's mind, just to open them up. Enjoy the lists and don't forget to come find me on Twitter @nfldraftboard and tell me how right or wrong I was.

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Offensive Player of the Year

Benny Sleu-US Presswire

Offensive Player of the Year-Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers Runner Up-Tom Brady, QB New England Patriots Adrian Peterson, RB Minnesota Vikings

I honestly think any of these 3 deserve the award but the things Rodgers can do with the football is simply remarkable.

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Defensive Player of the Year

Brett Davis-US Presswire

Defensive Player of the Year-JJ Watt, DE Houston Texans Runner Up-Tim Jennings, CB Chicago Bears, Daryl Washington, LB Arizona Cardinals

Watt has taken over nearly every game he's played this season, and has become the type of defensive player that other teams are forced to game plan around.

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Frank Victores-US Presswire

NFL MVP-Peyton Manning, QB Devner Broncos Runner Up-Adrian Peterson, RB Minnesota Vikings Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis Colts

I am sure including Luck on this list will bother some, but looking at what that Colts team has done this year compared to last is all due to him.

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Offensive Rookie of the Year

Thomas J. Russo-US Presswire

Offensive Rookie of the Year-Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis Colts Runner Up-Robert Griffin III, QB Washington Redskins, Doug Martin, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While Martin has really burst on the scene, Luck and RGIII have stolen the show. But I will say this, for me Luck is the rookie of the year by a pretty wide margin at this point. He's just so complete and so far ahead of schedule.

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Defensive Rookie of the Year

Bob Donnan-US Presswire

Defensive Rookie of the Year-Luke Kuechly, LB Carolina Panthers Runner Up-Chandler Jones, DE/LB New England Patriots Bobby Wagner, LB Seatttle Seahawks

I loved Kuechly coming out of college and nothing he's done this first half of the year has changed my opinion of him. There are a dozen impact rookies in the league for far, which really illustrated the change in the league.

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Coach of the Year

Brian Spurlock-US Presswire

Coach of the Year- Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts Runner Up-Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears

Picking Pagano might be a give up choice, but you cannot deny his influence on this team, even before his illness has been profound. Smith has done an amazing job with the Bears as well and has to be in strong consideration.

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Comeback Player of the Year

Joe Nicholson-US Presswire

Comeback Player of the year-Adrian Peterson, RB Minnesota Vikings Runner Up-Peyton Manning, QB Denver Broncos

Both Peterson and Manning have made impressive returns from brutal injuries, but the edge goes to Peterson for how quickly and how completely he's returned to a position that is so hard to be great in after a knee injury.