Okay folks, its time to hand out the first ever Ain't No Jive Turkey awards. WTF, you inquire? I couldn't come up with a better name...feel free to do so yourself....and maybe we can have a yearly CSR poll about this moving forward.
Enough with the pleasantries. My pick for Offensive MVP is Ryan Kalil. That's right, I said it--and that's right, he is an offensive lineman. He is also the glue of our offensive line, did not miss a snap, and could consistently be found in the second level getting down-field blocks. I know, the traditional line of thinking is give it to a skill player, but Double Trouble is kind of a team in itself, so I thought singling one of them out would be difficult. Steve Smith would be another viable choice, but his production was down, as this was the first time since his injury in 2004 that he did not get to 1000 yards (he was still great). If Matt Moore were inserted earlier in the year, perhaps he'd have been my choice...but when he did play, he was just asked not to screw it up, as Jake Delhomme was unable to do--he was not asked to win games at the end by himself--as Jake used to do. Insert Procton's defense of Jake here...jk i love you buddy.
On defense, my pick has to be Jon Beason. He is the emotional leader of the defense, and probably (with Jake out) the whole team. He also set the franchise record in total tackles, breaking his own record. My runner up would be Damione Lewis. He had perhaps his best season as a pro. I say this because he had a different guy next to him every game until Hollis came around (Hollis would be like the 4th runner up). Julius Peppers, if not for his broken hand--and therefore low tackle and pressure numbers, would be a suitable runner up. Thomas Davis would have certainly pushed Beason for the Defensive Ain't No Jive Turkey Award had he not been injured midway through the season. In fact, I love you Beast, but TD was slightly outshining you when push comes to shove. This is a very promising 1-2 punch for years to come. Our secondary was solid all year but I again cannot single out one player in said secondary as the MVP of the defense. These picks are the only right ones, soooo the end. JK again, feel free to tell me how stupid and wrong I am in the comment section. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks!