Despite falling short of the ultimate goal – defending their Super Bowl title – the New England Patriots have had a successful 2015 season. After all, the team was hit hard by injuries throughout the season but was still able to win its seventh straight AFC East title and reached its fifth straight AFC title game.
A big reason why the Patriots were still successful despite the fact that the team missed a league-high 245 games because of injury, were head coach/general manager Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. However, despite having the NFL's best coach and quarterback, as well as one of the league's most dominant offensive players – tight end Rob Gronkowski – the team was not recognized during yesterday's NFL Honors show.
In the eyes of the voters, the Carolina Panthers' 15-1 season was just too successful to not be awarded. Therefore, seeing quarterback Cam Newton win both most valuable player and offensive player of the year was no surprise, as was head coach Ron Rivera winning the coach of the year award.
That being said, here are the most prestigious of yesterday's awards:
Most Valuable Player: QB Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)
Coach of the Year: HC Ron Rivera (Carolina Panthers)
Assistant Coach of the Year: DC Wade Phillips (Denver Broncos)
Offensive Player of the Year: QB Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)
Defensive Player of the Year: DT J.J. Watt (Houston Texans)
Rookie of the Year: QB Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Offensive Rookie of the Year: RB Todd Gurley (St. Louis Rams)
Defensive Rookie of the Year: CB Marcus Peters (Kansas City Chiefs)
Comeback Player of the Year: FS Eric Berry (Kansas City Chiefs)
Walter Payton Man of the Year: WR Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers)