This award was tough for me based on the fantastic seasons of both Rodgers and record setting Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Despite the better numbers from Brees, Rodgers set a new NFL record with a 122.46 quarterback rating and throwing 45 touchdown passes and only 6 interceptions, leading the Packers to a 15-1 record and the NFC North championship. However I could see a possible split of the award between Rodgers and Brees.
Jim Harbaugh did what many coaches couldn’t do over the past years by turning around the once feared and dangerous 49ers to their former glory. And he did it in less than a year. Leading the niners to a 13-3 record, the NFC West title and a appearance in the NFC Championship Game he brought the respect the 49ers franchise once had and deserves and intends to keep them there for years to come.
Jared Allen put up his best year in one of the Vikings worst years ever. Putting up 22 sacks and terrorizing quarterbacks like Rodgers, Stafford, Brees, and many other making their afternoons much longer. Acting as one of the only reason to watch Minnesota this year.
Many experts questioned the Panthers selecting Cam with the number 1 overall pick in last years draft. Well Cam put those worries to bed by putting up one of the greatest rookie campaigns in NFL history. Becoming the first rookie to throw for over 4,000 yards, completing 60.0 percent of his 517 passes all leading to a pro bowl. But more importantly making the Panthers a fun team to watch.
Yes their are other players on the Broncos not named Tim Tebow and they are quite good. Recording 11.5 sacks with 2 forced fumbles leading to a pro bowl birth and helping the Broncos win the AFC West. Making me wish he would have fallen one more pick in last years draft.
After struggling in his first 5 years in San Francisco, Alex’s future not just with the 49ers but in the NFL was in jeopardy. Gaining the trust of first year head coach Jim Harbaugh, Smith put up by far his best year as a pro. A career high 90.6 passer rating, throwing for over 3,000 yards for the first time in his career, 17 touchdown passes to only 5 interceptions. Making his first playoff appearance leading the Niners to a 13-3 record, winning the NFC West and beating the Saints in the postseason.