NFC South: NFC Offensive Player of the Month
Ryan has been named the NFC Offensive player of the Month for September by the NFL. Although he somehow didn’t get any Player of the Week honors, Ryan’s first month of the season didn’t go overlooked.
Here’s what he did in the first month of the season:
- Ryan guided Atlanta to a 4-0 start, the third in franchise history, and led the league with a 112.1 passer rating.
- During September, Ryan completed 102 of 147 passes (69.4 percent) for 1,162 yards with 11 touchdowns versus two interceptions. Ryan’s 11 touchdown passes led the NFC and ranked second in the NFL and his completion percentage was the second-highest mark in the league.
- He recorded a passer rating of at least 100 in all four games during the month. In his career, the Falcons are 27-0 when he reaches the mark. Ryan passed for at least three touchdowns in three games last month and Atlanta is 14-0 in his career when he has three or more TD passes in a game.
- This is the second Player of the Month award for Ryan. He also won in November 2010.
- He is the only player in franchise history to be named Offensive Player of the Month multiple times.
The NFL just made the official announcement that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for December/January.
Obviously, this honor is well deserved, because the Saints were undefeated in their final five games. Brees completed 145 of 197 passes for 1,787 yards with 19 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 127.0 NFL passer rating during that span.
Brees also set a new record for passing yards in a season with 5,476. This is the third Player of the Month Award of Brees’ career.
But the real significance here is that Brees’ selection stopped a four-month streak on this award by Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, dating to last season. It’s been assumed that Rodgers will win the NFL’s MVP award, which will be announced in February. But the fact Brees won the monthly award might be an indication he might have a shot at MVP.
Not surprising, really, since no NFC South player has been a Player of the Month this season. What is surprising is how the league, which usually goes out of its way to spread these kind of awards around, isn’t doing that with the NFC Offensive Player of the Month.
Aaron Rodgers won it. Good for him. He’s a great player and is having a tremendous season.
But here’s the catch. Rodgers also was the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for October – and September. Heck, he actually just became the first player since Player of the Month awards were started in 1986 to win an award in four straight months. Rodgers also won it in December of last season.
The NFL office decides on these awards, and you can’t help but wonder if the chance to allow Rodgers to make history factored into this one at some level. Rodgers and the Packers are a great story and Green Bay is a storied franchise.
Rodgers certainly had a tremendous November, complete 72.4 percent of his passes for 1,103 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception, and he led the Packers to four wins in the month.
But there have been lots of times through the years where I’ve seen the league not necessarily give weekly or monthly awards to the guy with the best statistics. It’s usually done in the interest of sharing the wealth among the teams.
It seems like there’s a guy in the NFC South who is firmly covered by Rodgers’ shadow and the lore of the Packers. As I wrote the other day, I think Brees should at least be a strong candidate for Most Valuable Player. But that’s not going to happen. Rodgers will win that award, too.
Brees did receive the NFC Offensive Player of the Week this week. But I say the league snubbed Brees a bit by going with Rodgers for a fourth straight month. Brees and the Saints only played three November games because they had a bye week.
But the Saints won them all and Brees completed 69 percent of his passes for 943 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception.
Yeah, I know New Orleans isn’t a huge market and the Saints’ history isn’t nearly as rich as the Packers. But shouldn’t Brees, who is on pace to break Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a season, at least be getting some accolades?
Now, it gets even bigger. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. In that time frame, Ryan led the Falcons to a 4-0 record. Atlanta also has a streak going in which it has set a new franchise record by going four consecutive games without a turnover.
In November, Ryan completed 106 of 153 passes (69.3 percent) for 1,001 yards and seven touchdowns with a 102.3 passer rating. Ryan also led the Falcons on game-winning drives in the final minute of play in games against Baltimore and Green Bay.
The latest news from the Buccaneers is that cornerback Aqib Talib has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Talib had two interceptions Sunday against Arizona, including one that he returned for the first touchdown of his career.
That comes on the heels of Atlanta receiver Roddy White being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for October.
On a conference call with the Tampa Bay media, Ryan said Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White has been named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month.
The league will announce it sometime today. I put in a call to the Falcons and they haven’t received written notice, but they said a league official just called to give them a heads-up that the announcement would be coming.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
For all the Carolina fans who don't think running back DeAngelo Williams has been getting enough attention for his big season, here's some good news.
Williams has been selected as the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month for December. During a four-game stretch in which the Panthers went 3-1, Williams ran for an NFL-best 560 yards and seven touchdowns.
The NFL also announced Atlanta running back Michael Turner as the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week. Turner ran for 208 yards in a victory against St. Louis. This is the third time this season Turner has won that award.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
The NFL has announced that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month for September.
The honor is well-deserved because Brees has almost single-handedly carried the injury-riddled Saints to a 2-2 start. It's the first time in his career Brees has been named Player of the Month.
He's the first New Orleans quarterback to be named Player of the Month since Bobby Hebert in 1989. The Saints hadn't had an Offensive Player of the Month since Deuce McAllister won it in October 2002.