Other than Robert Quinn, it doesn’t look like any Rams players will be getting any awards from the league. That doesn’t take away from the fact however that the nobody on the Rams deserve any award. On Monday the Rams handed out their team awards.
Team MVP: Robert Quinn
This was an obvious choice, Robert Quinn has had a beast-like season, breaking franchise records, making big plays, and really turning into one of the premier defensive ends in the NFL. Quinn made the Pro Bowl and will be a candidate for defensive player of the year.
Not sure how many other candidates there were for this award, Quinn really separated himself by having a stellar season. Hopefully he can keep it going in 2014.
Rookie Of The Year: Zac Stacy
When Zac Stacy took over the starting role in week five, the Rams offense found its spark and really got going. Stacy rushed for 973 yards and eight touchdowns, and had he played all 16 games, you have to assume he would have broken the 1,000 yard mark.
Stacy will be in the conversation for rookie of the year, but probably won’t get it as Eddie Lacy, Keenan Allen, and others have all had good seasons as well.
Other candidates for the award could have been Tavon Austin as he finally got going after a penalty didn’t get called after every big play he made. Alec Ogletree also did a respectable job once he got going in the second half of the season. Ogletree lead the team in tackles, taking that away from James Laurinaitis, and was also third in the league in forced fumbles.
The Rams came away pretty good in the 2013 NFL draft and have a bright future ahead of them. The 2014 draft class will have a lot to live up to.
Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award: James Laurinaitis
This honor is given to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, work ethic, and commitment to his teammates, and that defines James Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis doesn’t get a lot of recognition, but he plays football the way it’s supposed to be played, gives every snap 110%, and gives a lot of passion to his team.
Like the team MVP, there aren’t many other candidates for this award, Laurinaitis hands down deserves this award. Laurinaitis is the centerpiece of this defense and will be for a long time. It’s good to have a guy like him on a team full of young players.