WANT TO JOIN IN ON THE CONVERSATION?

BECOME A MEMBERRegister

NFL News

27 posts / 0 new
Last post
The Shadow
The Shadow's picture
POST COUNT: 9050
2018 Awards
0

PFT’s 2018 Awards

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on January 3, 2019, 2:58 AM EST

The regular season is in the books, the playoffs are set to begin and PFT has put together our awards for the 2018 season.

The official awards aren’t set to be revealed until the week of the Super Bowl in Atlanta, but we rolled our awards as we do every year right after the conclusion of the regular season.

Each award has a post detailing our selections and runners-up for the awards:

Offensive rookie of the year: Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. (Runners-up: Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Colts guard Quenton Nelson, Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.)

Defensive rookie of the year: Colts linebacker Darius Leonard. (Runners-up: Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb, Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, Browns cornerback Denzel Ward, Chargers safety Derwin James.)

Special-teams rookie of the year: Chargers kicker Michael Badgley. (Runner-up: Seahawks punter Michael Dickson.)

Offensive player of the year: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Runner-up: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.)

Defensive player of the year: Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. (Runners-up: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Bears linebacker Khalil Mack.)

Special-team player of the year: Jets returner Andre Roberts. (Runners-up: Rams linebacker Cory Littleton, Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn and Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas.)

Assistant coaches of the year: Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens & Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. (Runners-up: Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard, Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban,)

Coach of the year: Bears coach Matt Nagy. (Runners-up: Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Saints coach Sean Payton, Ravens coach John Harbaugh.)

Comeback player of the year: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. (Runners-up: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.)

Executive of the year: Colts G.M. Chris Ballard. (Runners-up: Chargers G.M. Tom Telesco, Bears G.M. Ryan Pace.)

MVP: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Runners-up: Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.)

The Shadow
The Shadow's picture
POST COUNT: 9050
Re: 2018 Awards
0

Assistant coaches of the year: Freddie Kitchens and Vic Fangio

Posted by Josh Alper on January 2, 2019, 8:00 PM EST
 

Our choices for the top assistant coaches of the year come from very different ends of their career arcs.

Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens was not the team’s offensive coordinator when the year got underway. Kitchens was the running backs coach under Todd Haley, but he got bumped up to the coordinator position when Haley was fired along with head coach Hue Jackson eight games into the season.

The move came with the Browns holding a 2-5-1 record, but they would win five of their final eight games and a major turnaround for rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield was a major reason for that turnaround. Mayfield completed 58.3 percent of his passes while throwing eight touchdowns and six interceptions before the coaching change.

After Kitchens took over, Mayfield completed over 68 percent of his passes and posted 19 touchdowns against eight interceptions. The 27 total touchdown passes are a new rookie record and Kitchens also got rookie running back Nick Chubb going after the Browns traded Carlos Hyde to add another reason why many in Cleveland are hoping that Kitchens will remain with them team regardless of what decision they make with the head coaching position.

While the 2018 season was Kitchens’ coming out party, it was just the latest in a long run of good years for Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio has been running defenses for the last 25 years and the Bears were happy to have him back with the team after hiring Matt Nagy as their head coach last year.

Nagy got to work on building the offense while Fangio took control of a defense that allowed the fewest points in the NFL. They led the league in interceptions and takeaways while scoring six touchdowns and recording 50 sacks on the way to an NFC North title.

That’s led to head coaching interviews for Fangio, although there are likely plenty of people in Chicago who hope that he’s in the running for this award again next year.

Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard and Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban were a couple of other names that got thrown out in consideration for these awards, but Kitchens and Fangio wound up standing out above the rest.

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

The Shadow
The Shadow's picture
POST COUNT: 9050
Re: 2018 Awards
0

Coach of the year: Matt Nagy

Posted by Mike Florio on January 2, 2019, 6:16 PM EST

Be You, indeed.

First-year Bears coach Matt Nagy followed that self-imposed decree all year long, and it worked. That’s not how it looked like it was going to go.

The Bears officially introduced coach Matt Nagy on the same day the Raiders officially re-introduced Jon Gruden. And Gruden, a seasoned broadcaster after nine years with ESPN, gave a press conference that blew Nagy’s away. Proving yet again that winning a press conference doesn’t mean squat.

The Bears won the NFC North, the Raiders struggled at the bottom of the NFL. And Nagy is the PFT 2018 coach of the year.

The award typically hinges on whether and to what extent a team exceeds the generally accepted expectations entering the season. Several teams did; none did it like the Bears.

The trade for pass rusher Khalil Mack helped beef up the defense, and Nagy’s expertise running an offense gave the Bears something they haven’t had much of in recent decades. Something they’ll have for the next decade or so, if Mitchell Trubisky continues to develop.

Other coaches who received serious consideration include Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Saints coach Sean Payton, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh. At the end of the day, Nagy did more with the Bears relative to what was anticipated than anyone else. And so, for the second straight year, a first-year coach wins the award.

With eight new coaches coming in 2019, there’s a 25 percent chance it will happen again.

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

The Shadow
The Shadow's picture
POST COUNT: 9050
Re: 2018 Awards
0

Executive of the year: Chris Ballard

Posted by Michael David Smith on January 2, 2019, 5:00 PM EST
AP

Ten months ago, the Colts were a laughingstock. They had been spurned by Josh McDaniels. They had misjudged the seriousness of Andrew Luck‘s shoulder injury. They were coming off a disastrous season and looked like they had far too many holes to fill on both sides of the ball to get back to the playoffs.

Chris Ballard turned the franchise around, and that’s why he’s PFT’s choice as the NFL’s executive of the year.

Ballard got all the big decisions right: He hired Frank Reich as head coach after the embarrassment of the failed McDaniels hiring. He trusted the slow but steady process for getting Luck back on track, and had Luck back on the field and ready to go for the start of the season. He traded down in the draft, picking up three extra second-round picks, and then drafted guard Quenton Nelson, who did outstanding work protecting Luck as a rookie. With his second-round pick, he drafted Darius Leonard, perhaps the best defensive rookie in the NFL this year. The Colts are in the playoffs when few thought they would be, and Ballard deserves enormous credit for that.

A close second for the executive of the year award would be Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco, who has done an excellent job putting together a team that has stayed together when it easily could have fallen apart, playing in a tiny soccer stadium while functioning as the “other” team in Los Angeles. Telesco’s first-round picks — Derwin James in 2018, Mike Williams in 2017, Joey Bosa in 2016, Melvin Gordon in 2015 — are all playing big roles on this year’s playoff team.

Some would argue for Bears General Manager Ryan Pace. He has certainly done good work, taking over a last-place team and building a first-place roster, but there are knocks against him as well. Mitchell Trubisky is developing into a fine quarterback, but Pace traded up to draft Trubisky when he could have stayed put or even moved down and drafted league MVP Patrick Mahomes. The Khalil Mack trade looks like a good move, but the bill hasn’t come due yet: Let’s see how Pace continues replenishing the roster while managing Mack’s big hit on the salary cap, and without the 2019 and 2020 first-round picks he traded away for Mack, before we declare that trade a slam-dunk success. And Pace has still failed to find a good kicker to replace Robbie Gould, whom Pace cut three years ago. None of those issues mean Pace isn’t a good G.M., but they are enough to rank him below Ballard and Telesco.

There were people who mocked Ballard last year when he said, “The rivalry is back on,” referring to the Colts losing McDaniels to the Patriots, just as they’ve lost so many big game to the Patriots. Some would say it wasn’t much of a rivalry, as the Patriots so often came out on top. But Ballard has made the Colts legitimate rivals to the Patriots, and legitimate contenders to be the Patriots’ successors as the best team in the AFC.

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

PapaBear.OR
PapaBear.OR's picture
POST COUNT: 11688
Re: 2018 Awards
0

The Shadow wrote:

Executive of the year:

Some would argue for Bears General Manager Ryan Pace. He has certainly done good work, taking over a last-place team and building a first-place roster, but there are knocks against him as well. Mitchell Trubisky is developing into a fine quarterback, but Pace traded up to draft Trubisky when he could have stayed put or even moved down and drafted league MVP Patrick Mahomes. The Khalil Mack trade looks like a good move, but the bill hasn’t come due yet: Let’s see how Pace continues replenishing the roster while managing Mack’s big hit on the salary cap, and without the 2019 and 2020 first-round picks he traded away for Mack, before we declare that trade a slam-dunk success. And Pace has still failed to find a good kicker to replace Robbie Gould, whom Pace cut three years ago. None of those issues mean Pace isn’t a good G.M., but they are enough to rank him below Ballard and Telesco.

 

Pretty lame reasons for not giving this one to Pace imo. How the hell do they rationalize Nagy as HC of the year and not even mention credit to Pace when discussing Exec. of the year?  Meanwhile the first thing they mention as a reason for their choice of the winner is his choice of Frank Reich? 

Butkus never wore an earring

The Shadow
The Shadow's picture
POST COUNT: 9050
Re: 2018 Awards
0

Aaron Donald is the only unanimous All-Pro

Posted by Michael David Smith on January 4, 2019, 1:14 PM EST

Only one player in the NFL was named on the All-Pro ballots of all 50 voters.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald gets the unique status this year of being a unanimous All-Pro. All 50 voters listed Donald on their ballots.

There were 11 other players who appeared on at least 30 ballots. They were:

49: Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner
46: Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins
45: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Jets kickoff returner Andre Roberts
43: Bears linebacker Khalil Mack
42: Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt (Watt received 32 votes as an edge rusher and 10 votes as an interior lineman)
40: Bears safety Eddie Jackson (Jackson received 37 votes as a safety and three votes as a fifth defensive back)
34: Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill (Hill received 22 votes as a flex, six votes as a receiver and six votes as a special teamer. It is unknown whether any voters chose him on both offense and special teams.)
33: Seahawks linebacker Luke Kuechly
31: Colts guard Quenton Nelson, Colts linebacker Darius Leonard

Hill’s total is a strange one, as the six voters who chose him as a special teamer apparently didn’t notice that he barely played on special teams in 2018.

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

The Shadow
The Shadow's picture
POST COUNT: 9050
Re: 2018 Awards
0

The 2018 AP All-Pro team (Includes 4 Chicago Bears!)

Posted by Mike Florio on January 4, 2019, 12:43 PM EST

The major Associated Press awards won’t be announced for another 29 days. For now, the AP has unveiled its annual All-Pro team.

The first team for offense, defense, and special teams appears below.

Offensively, the quarterback is Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs. The running back is Todd Gurley, of the Rams. The flex position goes to Tyreek Hill of the Chiefs.

The receivers are DeAndre Hopkins of the Texans and Michael Thomas of the Saints. The tight end is Travis Kelce of the Chiefs.

The offensive line, from left tackle to right tackle, are David Bakhtiari, Quenton Nelson, Jason Kelce, Zack Martin, Mitchell Schwartz.

Defensively, the edge rushes are J.J. Watt of the Texans and Khalil Mack of the Bears. The interior defensive linemen are Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox.

The linebackers are Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner, and Darius Leonard.

The cornerbacks are Kyle Fuller of the Bears and Stephon Gilmore of the Patriots. The safeties are Eddie Jackson of the Bears and Derwin James of the Chargers. The extra defensive back is Desmond King.

The specialists are kicker Justin Tucker of the Ravens, punter Michael Dickson of the Seahawks, kick returner Andre Roberts of the Jets, punt returner Tarik Cohen of the Bears, and specialist Adrian Phillips of the Chargers.

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

The Shadow
The Shadow's picture
POST COUNT: 9050
Re: 2018 Awards
0

Khalil Mack, Tarik Cohen, Eddie Jackson, and Kyle Fuller all named AP All-Pro

By Cam Ellis January 04, 2019 11:31 AM

It's looking like the Bears will be well-represented on the All-Pro team. 

According to reports, Khalil Mack, Tarik Cohen, Kyle Fuller, and Eddie Jackson have all been named All-Pros. It was first reported by WGN's Adam Hoge:

Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen (as punt returner) are all AP All-Pros, I’m told. #Bears

— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) January 4, 2019

It's not much of a surprise, given how dominant each of the four are at their respective positions. Mack put up huge numbers in his first season with the Bears, piling up 12.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles. He led the team in QB hits and was 2nd behind only Akiem Hicks in tackles for loss. Jackson and Fuller anchored a secondary that helped lead the league in turnovers and give the Bears the third-best turnover margain in football. Fuller ended in a three-way tie for 1st in the NFL with seven interceptions. He also led the NFL in passes defended. 

Jackson may have been the breakout star of this defense, though, ending the season as one of Pro Football Focus' highest-graded safeties:

Eddie Jackson is the highest graded safety in the NFL so far this season. pic.twitter.com/mQTXisjqjL

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 27, 2018

Jackson's scored five defensive touchdowns since the start of the 2017 season, which is one of the more thoroughly mind-boggling stat you'll find anywhere in the NFL. 

It's Cohen's first All-Pro team selection as well. Not only did he lead the league in punt returns and total punt return yards, but Cohen also set a career-best mark in yards per return (12.5).

One name that's absent is Akiem Hicks, who's headed to his first Pro Bowl after having the best year of his career. Between the (only) unanimous selection of Aaron Donald and the first-time selection of the Eagles' Fletcher Cox, Hicks is just unfortunately the odd man out. 

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

The Shadow
The Shadow's picture
POST COUNT: 9050
Re: 2018 Awards
0

The Bears had the best secondary in football according to Pro Football Focus

By Cam Ellis January 08, 2019 6:51 PM

Would you like more news that in no way, shape, or form helps you feel better about the Bears' loss? Thought so! 

Earlier today, analytics site Pro Football Focus released their final rankings of all 32 NFL secondaries, and would you look at that, the Bears won:

Here's what they had to say about it:

No surprise here. The Bears’ secondary featured PFF’s first-team All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson and second-team All-Pro corner Kyler Fuller. What really separates them from the pack though is the lack of a weak link. Every single player that played at least 200 snaps in their secondary – Jackson, Fuller, Adrian Amos, Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan, and Sherrick McManis – all earned grades above 80.0. 

All jokes aside, that's an eye-popping stat. Sherrick McManis might be the least-talked-about good cornerback on a team full of not-talked-about great cornerbacks. 

It also makes one realize just how much talent they were missing on the backend of their defense on Sunday. So there's that. 

The Bears' secondary: very good. The best, you might even say. 

*****

I still say Prince Amukamara's team leading penalties makes him the weakest link!

Having a lot of tools does not make you a Carpenter.  -Vic Fangio

 

PapaBear.OR
PapaBear.OR's picture
POST COUNT: 11688
Re: 2018 Awards
0

Matt Nagy named PFWA Coach of the Year

Matt Nagy is getting the credit he deserves for his incredible first season as the head coach of the Chicago Bears. The Pro Football Writers of America announced on Thursday that Nagy has been named their 2018 Coach of the Year. The group also named Vic Fangio the Assistant Coach of the Year.

https://247sports.com/nfl/chicago-bears/Article/Matt-Nagy-PFWA-Coach-of-the-Year-127966593/

Butkus never wore an earring

Corn Cob
Corn Cob's picture
POST COUNT: 7388
Re: 2018 Awards
0

HIREPLY
27 posts / 0 new
Last post
MEMBERS ONLINE: 0