2008 NFL Lester Awards
With the 2008 NFL Season ready to kick off in a few weeks, I decided it was a good time to get my predictions out there.
MVP: Peyton Manning
After a slow start, Manning and the Colts took the league by storm. It helps that the other top teams (TENN, NYG, PITT) don’t really have one player that stands out.
Preseason Prediction: Adrian Peterson
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Matt Ryan
Chris Johnson, Steve Slaton, and Matt Forte had amazing years, but obviously the RB position is a little easier for a Running Back to make the adjustment. What Matt Ryan did as a Rookie Signal Caller is amazing. Joe Flacco was great too, but he wasn’t as big a part of their Offense.
Preseason Prediction: Jonathan Stewart
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jerod Mayo
Mayo had a solid season with the Patriots accumulating 128 tackles.
Preseason Prediction: Jerod Mayo
Comeback Player of the Year: Cadillac Williams
My preseason pick of Ricky did well, but Cadillac came so far to come back from injuries to finish the season strong. It’s a shame he was hurt again, which could end his career.
Preseason Prediction: Ricky Williams
Defensive Player of the Year: James Harrison
Pittsburgh’s Harrison racked up 101 tackle AND 16.0 Sacks. That is simply amazing.
Preseason Prediction: Jared Allen
Most Improved Player: Michael Turner/DeAngelo Williams
They both had unbelievable seasons. Turner shined as he stepped out of LT’s shadow. DeAngelo continued to pile up the yards and TDs as the season went on. His 1515 yards, 18 TDs are more amazing when you consider Jonathan Stewart had 836 yards and 10 TDs.
Preseason Prediction: Robert Meachem
Coach of the Year: Tony Sparano
From 1-15 to the AFC East Champs. Amazing.
Preseason Prediction: Jack Del Rio
All-Lester First Team
All-Lester Second Team
AFC Division Winners:
Indianapolis Colts (still made playoffs)
New England Patriots (so close)
San Diego Chargers
Jacksonville Jaguars (Oops)
New York Jets (Oops)
NFC Division Winners:
Dallas Cowboys (Oops)
New Orleans Saints (Oops)
Seattle Seahawks (Oops)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Oops)
New England Patriots over New Orleans Saints (Double Oops)