To the surprise of no one, the Seattle Seahawks were completely shut out of the 2018 NFL Awards — I guess more accurately the 2017 NFL Regular Season Awards. Tom Brady ran away with the Most Valuable Player award, Alvin Kamara won Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Marshon Lattimore won Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The biggest winners on the night were the Los Angeles Rams, whose freedom from Jeff Fisher netted them the NFC West title and their first playoff appearance since the 2004 season. Sean McVay won Coach of the Year, Todd Gurley captured Offensive Player of the Year, and terrifying manbeast Aaron Donald edged out Calais Campbell for Defensive Player of the Year.
Unlike last year, Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner actually did get an AP vote for DPOY. Literally just the one vote and nothing more.
Voting was close: Aaron Donald 23, Calais Campbell 17 and Chandler Jones 5.— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) February 3, 2018
Cam Jordan, Harrison Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, Xavier Rhodes (!?) and Bobby Wagner each got a vote.
Russell Wilson was shut out of both MVP and Offensive Player of the Year voting. Wilson’s MVP hopes peaked after his performance against the potential Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, then cratered when Seattle went 1-3 in its final four games to miss the playoffs. Still, he led the league in touchdown passes and was Seattle’s leading rusher with 586 yards, the second-most of his career and second among all quarterbacks this season.
Getting OPOY votes (aside from Gurley, of course) were Antonio Brown, Tom Brady, and DeAndre Hopkins. I feel like Wilson could’ve gotten one in place of Hopkins, but I’m not part of the Associated Press.
It also looks as if Earl Thomas didn’t receive any Comeback Player of the Year votes. Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen ran away with that honor, beating Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum. Allen suffered season-ending injuries in 2015 and 2016, but bounced back with a phenomenal 100+ catch year in 2017, and it’s hard to deny him this award.