Friday, January 4, 2008
Packer Regular Season Awards
The Green Bay Packers exceeded expectations this year, finishing 13-3 and tying the club record for wins. The Packers clinched a 1st round bye in the Playoffs and are awaiting there next opponent.
So we'll look back at 2007 and the success the Packers had, by handing out some season awards.
Team MVP: Brett Favre - Favre bounced back this year in a big way and adapted to McCarthy's approach of being smart with the football. Favre threw for over 4,000 yards, 28 TD's, a QB rating of 95.7 and broke every record a QB basically could this year (TD Passes, INTs, Career Yards, Wins, etc.) At 38 years old, Favre's been playing like he's 28 and still showing he's got it, when others told him to hang it up. The question next year is not will he return, but how many more years he'll play after a showing like this year.
Defensive MVP: Nick Barnett - So he got snubbed by the Pro Bowl voters, but we don't care. He's the emotional leader on an expectationally good Defense. Barnett had 131 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 2 INTs for another solid year. It's a shame he didn't make the Pro Bowl, but Packer fans call him a Pro Bowler anyway
Offensive MVP: Brett Favre (see above)/Ryan Grant - Grant is a great story. This kid virtually came out of nowhere to help a very poor Packer running game. Grant was buried on the Giants roster and Ted Thompson pulled the trigger sending the G-men a 5th round pick for him. He finished the regular season just just shy of 1,000 yards (956 yards), 8 TDs, and an average of 5.1 yards a carry. Grant is a hard nose runner who many say is like Dorsey Levens. Is Grant the answer at RB, who knows. But he sure was fun to watch this year.
Special Teams MVP: Mason Crosby - Crosby is only a rookie, and lead the NFL in scoring with 141 points this year. He hit 31 of 39 field goals, 48 of 48 extra points, and made everyone forget about Dave Rayner. Crosby was a late 6th round pick, that made many Packer fans scratch their heads, but again the gamble paid off.
More awards to come in the next few days......(most underrated, Best play of 2007, etc.)