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Monday, January 31, 2011
Awards coming this week

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Multiple readers have written to ask why we haven't heard anything on various awards for the 2010 season. That's because they've been pushed back to Super Bowl week.

The announcements will start coming tonight with The Associated Press' Defensive Player of the Year award. The Offensive Player of the Year will be announced Tuesday and Coach of the Year will come Wednesday.

The Pepsi Rookie of the Year will be announced Thursday and the Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year will be revealed Friday. The Comeback Player of the Year will be announced Saturday and the Most Valuable Player will be revealed Sunday morning.

I'm thinking the rookie awards might be the place where the NFC South has its best chance for representation. Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams and running back LeGarrette Blount have to be strong candidates, although St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford could be an obstacle.

Coach of the Year could go in any number of directions, but Tampa Bay's Raheem Morris and Atlanta's Mike Smith each could have a shot.