The San Diego Chargers just announced their team awards for what is shaping up to be a special season. The 12-3 Chargers will be the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs:
MVP: Quarterback Philip Rivers.
My thoughts: The guy could be the NFL MVP. Easy call.
My thoughts: Both Gates and Jackson were instrumental this season. Truly, neither weapon was more important.
My thoughts: I’d give a slight edge to Phillips, who leads the NFL with seven forced fumbles and who has seven sacks.
Special teams Player of the year: Kassim Osgood.
My thoughts: There is no better special teamer in the NFL than Osgood.
Lineman of the year: Left tackle Marcus McNeill.
My thoughts: McNeill bounced back nicely from an injury-filled 2008.
Most Inspirational player of the year: Linebacker Stephen Cooper.
My thoughts: Cooper gets the team fired up nearly every play.