Category Archives: Awards

Supersonic Awards 1920-2017

Named for Supersonic Steve Van Buren, the Supersonic Award is given to the league’s top running back each season. In general, I base this on production, both on the ground and through the air. In the days when rushing mattered more than it does now, I emphasized running prowess. For the modern game, I put a greater emphasis on versatility, especially the ability to run routes, catch, and pass protect. Ball security is also important, although teams themselves didn’t seem to place much value on…

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Slinger Awards 1920-2017

Named after Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, the Slinger Award is given to the league’s top quarterback in a given season. In general, statistical production is the primary factor that goes into determining the winner. The focus on production is meant to differentiate between the most statistically dominant quarterbacks and the most valuable players each year. Most of the time, they are one and the same, as the quarterback with the best stats tends to have quite a lot to do with his team winning football games.…

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Bryan’s 2017 Awards

The 2017 NFL season is in the books, so it’s time to award postseason honors to the players and coaches who make the game worth watching. Unlike major publications (Associated Press, Sporting News, PFWA, etc.), I include postseason performance in my evaluations. Generally, unless a player is absolutely disastrous, I only weigh the playoffs heavily if it is favorable to a player. The legendary Dr. Z used to set a 75% rule for receiving award recognition, meaning that a player had to appear in at…

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Bryan’s 2017 All Pro Team

As always, this is not the official GridFe All Pro team. These are my picks and don’t reflect on the opinions of the other humans on the site. I do my best to synthesize tape and stats within the context of each player’s circumstances. For example, if two cornerbacks performed similarly, but one played behind significantly superior pass rushers, I went with the guy who I thought did it with less help. I’m not saying that’s the right way to do it, but it’s my…

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Bryan’s 2016 All Pro Team

This is not the official GridFe All Pro team. It is the opinion of just one man, based on game play, overall impact, and statistical production. My positions and criteria were flexible; if I thought Von Miller deserved to make the first team over a traditional linebacker, I gave Miller the spot. If I thought Reshad Jones played well enough in six games to warrant a shout out on the third team, I did it. If I thought Luke Kuechly played better than Bobby Wagner,…

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