A few months ago I did a thread over at ExtremeSkins giving out a few Mid-Season awards to the Skins players and now that the season is over and we're in 2009, here's the awards for the entire 2008 season.
Clinton Portis: 1,487 yds, 9TDs, 4.3 avg.
Despite the comments about the O-line and that Zorn is a "genius", when it came to game day there seemed to be no one tougher or more effective than Clinton Portis. Nagging injuries and injured O-linemen kept CP from his fourth 1,500 yard performance but without his efforts the Skins wouldn't have been close to an 8-8 record.
(Honorable Mention: Chris Cooley)
London Fletcher: 133 Tackles, 0.5 sacks
Once again leads the team in tackles (next is Rocky McIntosh with 87) and is tied for sixth place in the entire league for tackles. But stats alone don't describe what Fletcher is to this team and the defense. He has been the leader and heart of this team and a tremendous play maker.
(Honorable Mention: Chris Horton, Rocky McIntosh)
Special Teams MVP:
Santana Moss: (PR)- 6/20.7 avg, 1 TD; (KR)- 1/26
Every time Moss goes back for a kick-off or a punt return, opposing teams have to cringe because of his explosiveness once he gets into the open field. Even his one TD against Detroit should have been a play for a loss as Moss collided with fellow teammate Devin Thomas and then two Lion tacklers. Yet, Moss remained on his feet and took it for the touchdown. Also, the numbers could have been even better if not for some stupid penalties made by the Skins that negated a few returns.
(Honorable Mention: Rock Cartwright)
Redskins Rookie of the Year:
Chris Horton: 76 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INT
The only starter currently in the 2008 draft class of 10. Led the team in interceptions (3) and was third place in total tackles (76). Pretty easy choice.
(Honorable Mention: Devin Thomas)
The Sean Taylor Memorial Award :
Carlos Rogers: vs. Cleveland Browns (Josh Cribbs)
There weren't that many massive hits this year that makes you go "WOW" but this one was one of the few:
(Honorable Mention: Laron Landry vs. Eagles at FedEx)
Most Improved Player Defense:
DeAngelo Hall: 25 tackles, 2 INTs (In 7 games with Redskins); 73 tackles, 5 INTs (2008)
After being traded from Atlanta to Oakland, Hall struggled during his tenure with the Raiders and was eventually cut. Hall signs with the Skins and seems to fit in immediately. Hall ends the season with 2 INTs that ties him with 2 others (Rogers, Landry) for 2nd place on the team INT list. He looks like he's regained his elite status and now has become a top re-signing priority in the minds of many Skins fans.
(Honorable Mention: Carlos Rogers)
Most Improved Player Offense:
He looks better than he did in 2007 and has improved upon his run blocking skills. His pass blocking has also continued to get better. Heyer also seems to be able to play both RT and LT which is a key for an offensive lineman. There is a very good chance that he'll be the Skins starting RT in 2009.
(Honorable Mention: Jason Campbell)