Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 Redskin Player Awards

Time for the IIWII 3rd annual Redskin Player Awards. These awards are given out and are solely the opinion of me. Here's the winners from previous years:
2008 Redskin Player Awards
2009 Redskin Player Awards pt.1
2009 Redskin Player Awards pt.2

Let's get to the awards. I will say that for the most part, these awards have been pretty much locked in for awhile now. I just waited for the final stats to come out before making the post.

Offensive MVP

Santana Moss: 93 catches, 1,115yds; 6 TD
With another new coach and another new offensive scheme some on the team struggled with learning the new system. Moss thrived. Moss was moved into the slot which allowed him to be in motion more often, gave him various mismatches and kept him from being jammed at the line of scrimmage. Moss took advantage of that and was able to use his speed to turn a short pass into a big play for his team. Moss kept many of the Redskin drives alive and give his team the opportunity to score. Moss topped his former career best in catches (84) and had his 2nd best season in receiving yards (best season 2005 with 1,483yds). He finished 4th in the league with receptions and 10th in reception yardage.
(Honorable Mentions: Chris Cooley, Anthony Armstrong)

Defensive MVP

DeAngelo Hall: 95 tackles, 65 solo; 6 INTs, 2 FF, 2 TD
I have a feeling that I'll probably get some grief in the comments section about my choice of D. Hall as the defensive MVP, especially after some poor performances in the Tampa Bay, Dallas and NY Giant games recently. That said, the choice makes total sense. Pretty much single handily Hall won two games for the Redskins in 2010. Dallas (week 1) and Chicago, Hall made major plays that led to TDs when the Skins couldn't score TDs on offense. His forced fumble that he returned for a TD against the Cowboys was the score that kept the Skins on top. His 4 INT game against Jay Cutler and the Bears put points on the board for the Skins and kept points off the board for the Bears. Hall has also improved upon his tackling skills and was third on the team with total tackles. Hall tied a career best with 6 INTs and set a new career mark with 2 FF. Hall was tied for 5th in the league for INTs and was elected to his third Pro Bowl.
(Honorable Mentions: LaRon Landry, London Fletcher)

Special Teams MVP

Brandon Banks: KR- 46/1,155yds, Avg: 25.1, Lng: 96; 1 TD
PR- 38/431yds, Avg: 11.3, Lng: 53
Too small for the NFL? Not if you're Brandon Banks. Banks combines his size with his amazing speed and agility to run through the smallest of holes and give the Redskins great field position. Banks is a nightmare for defenders in the open field and once he takes off, it is very hard to catch up with him and bring him down. What the stats aren't telling you is that he had 2 punt returns for TDs called back because of holding and a few others called back for similar penalties.
(Honorable Mentions: Lorenzo Alexander, Darrell Young)

Redskins Rookie of the Year

Brandon Banks: (see stats above). Not bad for an undrafted rookie out of Kansas St. The Redskins want to use Banks more as a WR, as a QB in the Wildcat but a knee injury (and surgery) limited his participation in those roles. Banks has been one of the highlights of the 2010 season and has made the special teams game much more exciting. Hopefully, he'll have many more years to come with the Skins as a special teams ace and occasional offensive threat.
(Honorable Mentions: Trent Williams, Logan Paulsen, Perry Riley)

Most Improved Player Offense

Anthony Armstrong: 44 catches, 871 yds; 3 TD.
Armstrong should be considered a beacon of hope for any player that wants to be in the NFL and doesn't get there initially via the draft. After doing stints in the Intense Football League and Arena League, Armstrong joined the Dolphins practice squad and eventually joined the Redskins practice squad towards the end of 2009. In 2010 Armstrong beat out many WRs including veterans Joey Galloway and Roydell Williams and draft picks Devin Thomas and Terrence Austin to become the Skins #2 WR. Armstrong is currently 4th in the league with receptions over 40 yards and ended 2010 with a 19.8 average per catch. Armstrong is developing to be a major deep threat in 2011.
(Honorable Mentions: Ryan Torain, Will Montgomery)

Most Improved Player Defense

LaRon Landry: 85 tackles, 66 solo; 1.0 sack, 1 INT, 1 FF.
Landry only played in nine games this season as was already close to topping his career high in tackles (95), sacks (1.5), INTs (2) and FFs (2). Last year many were wondering if Landry was ever going to live up to being drafted #6 overall in the 2007 draft. Landry struggled at the free safety position getting burnt on double moves. He also was criticized for making highlight reel hits but not wrapping up, thus he'd bounce off of players instead of tackling. Landry was also notorious for getting flagged for late hits and taking bad angles. In 2010, Landry was moved back to the SS position in Jim Haslett's 3-4 and has thrived. He has become a disruptive force for the Redskins D and hopefully will continue to do so in 2011 after he recovers from his injuries that put him on IR.
(Honorable Mentions: Anthony Bryant, Adam Carriker, Phillip Buchanon)

The Sean Taylor Memorial Award

Kareem Moore and DeAngelo Hall hit on Michael Vick.

I'm not one of those fans that hope other players get hurt and I don't wish ill will on other players (it's bad karma) but the Michael Vick hit was just a memorable hit that took place in 2010.

Honorable Mention: Albert Haynesworth using a Bears linemen to sack Jay Cutler

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