'NFL Winners and Losers.' Each week I will take a look at some of the bonehead plays, stupid decisions and horrible calls. I'll also give credit where credit is due and point out the good surprises each week. Here. We. Go.
Michael Vick: One of the best stories of the year. Arguably the most exciting player to watch. MVP candidate. Surefire comeback player of the year. Led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 10-6 record and a division title. Scored six touchdowns in a game and recorded 30 total in the season. Yeah, I think I've said enough.
Tom Brady: Vick might be an MVP candidate. But he's not the MVP. Brady is. In no way can I argue that Brady is more valuable to the Patriots than Vick is to the Eagles, and vise versa. I don't think anyone can argue that. So you have to go b the numbers. The fact that Brady only had four interceptions (his only turnovers of the season) in 16 games is astounding. Think about it – Brady lost his deep threat in Randy Moss and he still had one of the best seasons of his career.
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Brandon Loyd: Where the hell did you come from?
Chicago Bears: Well you guys shut me up.
Andy Reid: Shouldn’t this guy win the Coach of the Year award (I seriously never thought I would ever say that)? He made the most brilliant move in the offseason. He looks like a genius for getting rid of McNabb. He stuck with Michel Vick instead of going back to Kolb in the middle of the season. The Eagles won the division. I don’t think he’s a good coach but man, he had a pretty damn good season.
Honorable Mentions: Kansas City Chiefs, Devin Hester, Josh Freeman, Troy Polamalu
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NFC West: Just a terrible, terrible year. The Seattle Seahawks became the first team ever to make the playoffs with a record below .500.
St. Louis was a good story because of Sam Bradford, but they couldn’t win the most important game of the season. I would have loved to see the Rams in the postseason – Bradford making it in his rookie year. But Seattle?
Arizona provided one of the most entertaining moments of the season with Derek Anderson’s tirade, but that’s probably a problem if that’s what people are going to remember about their 2010 season.
The 49ers had the most hype going into the season. They were supposed to reach the playoffs. This was supposed to be the year they become contenders. Aaaaand they started the season 0-5, Mike Singletary juggled quarterbacks, argued with Troy Smith and eventually got fired as soon as the season ended.
Dallas Cowboys: And anyone who picked them to go to or actually win the Super Bowl. They were a joke from the start.
Terrell Owens + Chad Ochocinco: was really looking forward to watching this. I really was. I thought this was going to be hilarious. I thought they were going to be wildly entertaining. Instead, they were wildly disappointing. It was as if all the sudden, I forgot how much of an annoying jerk T.O. was. And combining the jerk with Ochocinco made everyone look bad. Marvin Lewis looked bad. Carson Palmer looked bad (until both Ochocinco and T.O. weren't on the field). And it made Ochocinco less entertaining. I gotta say, this really was one of the most disappointing story lines of the season.
Roger Goodell: There better not be an eff'ing NFL lockout. Things should have never gotten this far.
Mike Shanahan:Turns out this guy is a lunatic. Who saw that one coming?
Honorable Mentions: Josh McDaniels, Brad Childress, Albert Haynesworth, Wade Phillips, Brett Favre (I just don’t feel like talking about him), The San Diego Chargers. - Michael Klopman
Michael, a Penn State Graduate writes for Xtra Point Football, Around the Horn Baseball, and works on the sports page at the Huffington Post.
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