The season is already half walt way over which can only mean one thing, midseason awards. For our awards we will have offensive, defensive, and team MVP, offensive and defensive rookie of the year, play of the year, best moment, and finally the worst moment.
Offensive MVP: Sam Bradford
This one goes without question. Sam Bradford was under pressure all season due to the fact he had to play well. He was in fourth season and had some new weapons, there were no more excuses for underperforming. Bradford did in fact step up and was on pace for his best season.
Unfortunately Bradford’s season came to an end in week seven against the Panthers, but Bradford had proven that he had taken that next step, and expect him to be even better after the injury. For the fans that don’t believe in Bradford, he will prove his worth as the Rams struggle to win games they should win the rest of the season.
Defensive MVP: Robert Quinn
This one is another one of those obvious choices. Robert Quinn has the fourth most sacks in the entire NFL and the most sacks in the NFL with ten. According to Pro Football Focus, he has the highest pass rusher grade in the NFL, with J.J. Watt and Jason Hatcher at a distant 2nd and 3rd. Not only does he have double-digit sacks and 44 quarterback pressures halfway through the season, but he also ranks 10th among 4-3 defensive ends in run stoppage.
Quinn has by far been the most dominant force on the line on a consistent basis throughout the season thus far and really there is nobody else on the defense that truly deserves this award more than Quinn.
Team MVP: Sam Bradford
Let’s face the fact, this team lives and dies on the shoulder of Sam Bradford. This team can play spectacular defense, but when it all comes down to the end, Bradford is the guy that is going to win football games for this team.
Offensive Rookie Of The Year: Zac Stacy
I give an honorable mention to Tavon Austin, the guy has just fallen victim to bad penalties every time he makes a good play, but Zac Stacy has only been in the lineup and couple of weeks and yet he still has made more of an impact than any other rookie on the roster. The offense had been struggling running the football for most of the season, but once Stacy was put in the lineup he proved to be what the offense was missing.
Stacy is the first running back not name Steven Jackson to rush for over 100 yards since Brian Leonard in 2007, and has found that success against stout defenses in the Texans, Panthers, and Seahawks.
Defensive Rookie Of The Year: Alec Ogletree
Ogletree may be the only choice for this award. Ogletree has shown ability that he can make some plays and he certainly has a nose for the ball carrier. He has missed eight tackles, but overall I’d say the team is pretty happy with him. Ogletree certainly has a bright future.
Play Of The Year: The last play Against Seattle
Completely kidding on this one, the sooner we all forget that play the better. My play of the year would have to be the sack fumble Robert Quinn had on Carson Palmer in week one. That sealed the victory and the Rams went 1-0 for the first time since 2006 season.
Best and Worst Moment: Beating the Cardinals and Losing Sam Bradford
Beating the Cardinals in the Edward Jones Dome and going 1-0 for the first time since the 2006 season was a special moment and one in which Rams fans hadn’t experienced in quite some time, hopefully Rams fans will experience that feeling more in the future.
Losing Sam Bradford was by far the worst moment so far this season. It is never easy to lose your franchise quarterback especially in a season in which he was doing so well, and one in which the Rams had a chance at possibly making a run at a wild card spot. Tavon Austin flopping last week is a close second though.
Well Rams fans, those are our midseason awards. Be sure to let us know whether or not you agree and who you think deserves the awards. Go Rams!