DENVER - NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs leads his team against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14 2010 in Denver Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-29. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Awards for the 2010 NFL regular season will be coming in next week and if we're lucky we'll hear a Chief or two named. The AP All-Pro team has been named but there's also a few other awards that will be coming out like MVP, coach of the year, executive of the year, etc. Those will be named during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
The Chiefs have a strong case for coach and executive of the year, and possibly even offensive player of the year. I went down the list and looked at who I think should win the various awards. Here's my list:
MVP: Patriots QB Tom Brady: It's hard to pick anyone else. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel had an impressive TD:INT ratio at 27:7. Brady? 36:4. He was the best player on the best team in the regular season.
Coach: Chiefs' Todd Haley: How could I go anywhere else? The Chiefs head coach mastered the biggest turnaround in franchise history and set the table for what we're thinking will be multiple playoff berths down the road. Haley got the most out of his players than any other coach in the NFL (with a nod to Bucs coach Raheem Morris).
Executive: Chiefs GM Scott Pioli: Again, how could I go anywhere else with this one? Pioli's 2010 draft looks to be a masterpiece and he added several key parts like DE Shaun Smith and RB Thomas Jones that helped the Chiefs get over the hump.
Offensive player: Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles: Have you seen my theme here? Yeah, I'm a homer. But Charles has a solid argument for this award as he was far and away the most effective running back in the NFL.
Offensive rookie: Rams QB Sam Bradford: This one is pretty easy. Bradford completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,515 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He's the QB of the future in St. Louis.
Defensive rookie: Lions DT Ndamukong Suh: Lions DC Gunther Cunningham said he's never seen anything like Suh's rookie year and that there's no real comparison. That's how good he's been.
Comeback player: Eagles QB Michael Vick: He didn't play the entire season but when he did, it was often times spectacular. Vick's season turned his career around to the point where some wondered during the season if he was an MVP candidate. We'll see if he can do it again next year.
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