Buffalo Bills Midseason Awards
I know this is 3-5 start is far from what us Buffalo Bills fans wanted out of this team, this year but its reality now and it’s another bitter pill to swallow yet again. Playoffs were seen as a realistic possibility with the combination of a favorable schedule based on the 2011 season and upgrades to the defense via free agency and the NFL Draft, but it is unlikely that this will happen now. With all that being said I have midseason awards to pass out and I think these six guys deserve to get some recognition by someone playing hard.
The awards I’m giving out are: Offensive player of the Half Year in which two guys earned it and I couldn’t decide who deserved it more so I crowned both of them. Other awards I named were a Defensive Player of the Half Year, Rookie of the Half Year, Breakout Star of the Half Year, and Unsung Hero of the Half Year. Congratulations guys!
These guys are playing hard and most of the fans appreciate their hard work despite the team’s record and wanting drastic changes within the organization. One can only hope this second half of the season can turn around and we possibly get a winning record. That’s just my take, but what do you all think, let me know!
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Co-Offensive Player of the Half Year #1
There were two guys on Buffalo Bills that I thought deserved to be called Offensive Player of the Half Year, because they had fairly similar stats and here is one of them now, Scott Chandler. This season he has had 22 catches for 285 yards and four touchdown receptions with a long of 43. He is currently tied for touchdown catches with the other Offensive Player of the Half year.
Co-Offensive Player of the Half year #2
The other half of the Co-Offensive Player of the Half Year, wide receiver Stevie Johnson. Johnson has had 35 catches for 416 yards with a long of 49 and four touchdown receptions. Ever since re-signing with the Bills, he has been much more mature and a leader of this team which was a pleasant surprise to a lot of fans.
Defensive Player of the Half Year
As the Bills defense has been anemic at best at times, there is a clear cut player that deserves to be called Defensive Player of the Half Year as he has been playing at a high level, free safety Jairus Byrd. Byrd has so far had 28 tackles three interceptions. Two of those interceptions were either in the fourth quarter or overtime versus the Arizona Cardinals. The interceptions either stopped a promising drive or put the Bills in place for the win.
Rookie of the Half Year
Although he's only played in in five of the eight games so far, Cordy Glenn is clearly the Rookie of the Half Year, by proving many "experts" wrong and excelling at left tackle and I think if he stays healthy, Glenn could be one of if not the steal of the 2012 Draft.
Breakout Superstar of the Half Year
No question about this one, C.J. Spiller has been playing awesome this year especially after fellow running back Fred Jackson went down week one. Spiller has amassed 562 yards of rushing on 78 carries which gives him an unheard of 7.2 yards per carry this late in the season. In addition to the the great rushing numbers, Spiller has made 24 catches for 236 yards and one touchdown reception with a long of 32.
Unsung Hero of the Half Year
The Unsung Hero of the Half Year is someone who is one of the younger leaders on the team, and that man is center Eric Wood. Wood is a very mean road grader and a very good pass blocker and if he finishes out the year healthy, he should be considered the comeback player of the year as he's had a few season ending leg injuries, but that seems past him this year.