The NFL UK Media Awards winners are in. The NFL UK Media Awards voting is made up of 50 voters in the UK NFL Media. Here is who they have voted for.
The NFL UK Media Award winners are in. The NFL UK Media Awards voting is made up of 50 voters in the UK NFL Media. Here is how they have voted for.
The 2021 NFL season is reaching its pinnacle this weekend with the Bengals facing the Rams in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday. However for the other 30 teams, the time to reflect on the past five months of football has already started. A huge part of Super Bowl weekend is of course the NFL Honors – where prestigious awards like the MVP, Walter Payton Man of the Year, and rookies of the year are all handed out to players.
But in this piece we’re focusing our attention on the accolades awarded to the Coach and Coordinator of the Year.
Mike Vrabel – Coach of the Year
Taking your team to the number one seed in your conference is an impressive feat even when your team is at full health. Vrabel did it after losing his star player for over half the season and top two wide receivers for eleven games combined.
Going without Derrick Henry, Julio Jones, and AJ Brown for extended amounts of time should’ve crippled this team – but not with their fourth year head coach at the helm. He took this team to its second-straight AFC South title with a 12-5 record.
He managed to pull it off in an extremely competitive AFC. Multiple teams had a shot to come out on top with the Chiefs, Patriots, Bengals, and Titans all still in the running for the number one seed in the final week of the regular season.
Big wins over the Bills, Chiefs, and Rams helped push this team to where they needed to be in the conference and they nearly managed to go undefeated in their division too – finishing 5-1 with their one loss to Jacksonville. If anyone deserves Coach of the Year this season, it’s Mike Vrabel.
Dan Quinn – Coordinator of the Year
The Cowboys’ Defensive Coordinator played a huge role in pushing their team to the playoffs with a 12-6 record. Quinn’s defence led the entire league in takeaways with 34 and allowed just over 21 points per game which placed them eighth in that category.
Their defense also boasts contenders in both the DPOY and DROY categories of this year’s NFL Honors. Micah Parsons tallied 13 sacks this season, sixth most in the league, and also totalled 84 tackles and three forced fumbles. Meanwhile, Trevon Diggs led the league in interceptions with 11, only three away from tying Night Train Lanes’ historical 14 interception performance in 1952 – a season that was only 12 games long!
It’s tough taking a step back in your career to become a coordinator after being a head coach for six years but Quinn took to it like a duck to water. He played a huge role in propelling this team to where they wanted to be in January and for that he’s worthy of the Coordinator of the Year award – the stats just back it up.
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