The Eagles have gotten their share of awards and honors this year.
Evan Mathis – replacement
DeSean Jackson – replacement
Nick Foles – replacement
Maxwell Club Coach of the Year – Chip Kelly
NFC Offensive Player of the Year – LeSean McCoy
Are these legit awards? Did the Eagles deserve them?
I have no problem with Peters in the Pro Bowl, but I don’t think he deserved to be All Pro. He was very good for parts of the season, but had some down moments as well.
Mathis deserved his recognition, although I think PFF choosing him as the greatest human of the last decade might have been a bit much.
As long as Shady doesn’t get awards based on bus etiquette, I think he deserves everything he gets this year.
DeSean Jackson deserved to go to the Pro Bowl. He had a fantastic season.
I don’t see how anyone could have a beef with Foles getting honored for his breakout year. Argue about the future all you want, but the guy put up freakishly good numbers this year.
Chip Kelly is a tougher subject. He was given Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Club, a Philly group. I don’t think you can say this is total bias because Kelly will get lots of COY votes in other polls. I’m not sure he’ll win any other COY awards, though. Does he deserve this recognition?
I think you can absolutely make that case.
Andy Reid will get lots of support for the job he did in KC. Big Red did great stuff for the Chiefs. But he also inherited a team that had a bunch of Pro Bowl talent already in place. KC went 2-14 last year because they had no QB play and a dysfunctional team. Romeo Crennel proved to be a bad coach. Reid traded for Alex Smith. That is the one huge move that had to be made. The top rusher and receivers all returned. Most of the OL was already in place. The top pass rushers, tacklers and cover guys returned. Reid got them to quit turning the ball over and they scored some TDs. KC also played one of the weakest schedules in the league. And they only beat 1 team with a winning record – the Eagles.
Reid already knew how to coach in the NFL. There was no learning curve for him.
Kelly came in to Philly with lots of new ideas. He took over for a coach the players loved, Reid, and had to win them over. Kelly had to adjust to the NFL. He had a young QB play at an elite level. He had a new secondary other new faces in the front seven. Kelly had the Eagles do some historic things on offense. The entire NFL took notice of what he was doing and studied his ideas.
I think you can easily say Kelly deserves the award over Reid.
That said, you can make a case for Bruce Arians or Mike McCoy for turning around down teams and getting them to win. They got veteran QBs to play their best football in a while. Ron Rivera led the Panthers to their best season in a while. He deserves some votes for sure.
I think the 2 guys who deserve the award the most are Bill Belichick and Jim Harbaugh. The Pats dealt with tons of injuries and crazy circumstances, but still went 12-4. The argument against them is that the AFC East was bad this year and they weren’t really challenged. Harbaugh led the Niners to a 12-4 record, despite playing a very tough schedule. He also was missing some key players. Aldon Smith was out for 5 games due to his drinking situation. Michael Crabtree was limited to 5 games due to injury.
Back to the Eagles…did anyone get robbed of an honor/award? I don’t think so. If they create something for impact INTs, Brandon Boykin deserves it. For now, he’s left to dream.