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profDEADPOOL
09/12/21 7:31:16 PM
#351:


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KCF0107
09/12/21 8:59:34 PM
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KCF's Playoff Power Rankings

1. St. Louis Rams
2. Miami Dolphins
3. Oakland Raiders
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. Portland Express
7. Minnesota Vikings
8. San Juan Orcas
9. San Francisco 49ers
10. Denver Broncos
11. Tennessee Titans
12. Philadelphia Eagles

The Rams had a phenomenal defensive season. They finished 1st in yards, 1st in sacks with a staggering 60, 4th in INTs with 22, and T-5th in FR with 15. QB Ryan Tannehill was wire-to-wire one of the best QBs in the league, and WRs Patrick Turner and Greg Lee are one of the best WR tandems in the league. Due to injuries, they had to start five different HBs this season, but their best option, Romance Taylor and his 4.7 YPC, is healthy ahead of their wild card round match, and backup Giovanni Bernard with his own 4.7 YPC might return in the divisional round should they advance. Returner Roy Helu Jr. had a resurgent season, and K Mason Crosby has been excellent since arriving last season. The only question for this team is the OL whose health and propensity to give up sacks is a poor matchup against an Orcas front seven featuring two of the best DL this season in Aaron Donald and Angelo McDowell, and a major RotY contender in Darius Leonard. It will be very tough for them to make the long-awaited SB given they have to play one more game than the Cowboys and 49ers (whom they went 1-2 against this season), and will have two guaranteed away games in their path to a SB.

The Dolphins are rounding into playoff form, getting back just about everyone they lost to injury in the process, with an excellent D that is in the Top 10 in all 11 categories that the game tracks and a balanced offense that will get great contributions from anyone on any given game with nine offensive players having scored multiple TDs, and five at 5+. The issue is now that superstar HB Jacquizz Rodgers is done for the season. 2nd round rookie Javorious Allen has done an admirable job filling in, but as with most young HBs, efficiency is a concern with him. They have since brought in Joseph Addai to be their playoff workhorse. He has a somewhat similar skillset to what Jacquizz Rodgers offers, but with substantially limited work in his career with 130 total touches across 9 seasons.

The Raiders lack the star player performances this season, but they are elite on defense, allowing the 5th fewest yards and just 10.1 points per game, one of the best marks we have seen in our history. While both the offense and defense have seen remarkable turnarounds from last season, there are reasons for concern that they will have yet another disappointing playoff appearance with the #1 seed. While most of the ratios are okay, the OL has had difficulty registering blocks, which simply will not do against the likes of teams with formidable front sevens they could face in the AFC like the Express, Dolphins, and Ravens. The DL is also a problem area, especially at DE where young starters Dee Ford and Danielle Hunter combined for 6 sacks, 1 FR. That's not going to bode well as all five other AFC playoff teams have had excellent OT play this season. While it simply hasn't happened often this season, the Raiders are prime to be exploited for their line issues that so many teams in the playoffs are fully capable of taking advantage of.

It was a rocky start, but Cam Newton and the elite defense (6th overall) got into a groove and ended the season on a 6-game winning streak to give themselves a bye. They'll need it and hope that others get banged up because it just can't be expected that Cam Newton will literally carry the offense to a SB title without a runner stepping up. The Cowboys finished ninth in rushing largely because of Cam Newton who was one of three QBs to lead their team in rushing this season. Their top two healthy HBs have YPC of 3.8 and 3.3.

The Ravens have had one of the more bizarre seasons in recent memory. They began the season 0-2 behind 10 turnovers and a -7 differential. They ended up with a -13 differential, tied for the worst in the league, so they continued to worsen in that department. However, they finished with the league's #1 O and #2 D with Top 10 marks in points for and points allowed. Star HB Doug Martin played in all 16 games for the first time in his career and became just the fourth HB with a 2000 yard season in B8NFLL history. WR Michael Crabtree was available for anyone in free agency, but presumably all 31 other teams didn't offer him a contract, and he's currently slated to make the Pro Bowl. The OL continued their high-level play, and, well, the Ravens defense is still the Ravens defense. QB Kirby Freeman who bounced back to nearly a Top 10 passer rating after a horiffic start to the season will not be playing in the Wild Card game against the 12-4 Express.

The Express could very well be the favorites in their match against the Ravens. With the #13 O and #4 D despite having one of the higher starters games lost due to injuries, they had one of the league's toughest schedules and have gone 4-1 against teams with double digit wins this season. They have been tested as much as anyone. Losing star HB DeMarco Murray a quarter through the season was a gutpunch, and backups Erik Haw and Le'Veon Bell have shared duties to okay results. It's wild that so many fantastic teams now have critical rushing issues come playoff time, but that is their achilles heel in what is an otherwise underrated and turnover-averse offense.
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KCF0107
09/12/21 9:27:44 PM
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The Vikings did own the league's toughest schedule. They went 0-4 against the AFC West, which could prove to be an issue in what would be an unexpected SB matchup, but that means they went 10-2 against everyone in their conference, including allowing just 44 points in four games against other NFC playoff teams. The Vikings defense turned things around to sit just outside of the Top 10, a remarkable achievement given they were in the 20s until a late season surge. HB Dion Lewis, coming off of an underwhelming first season with Minnesota, had a sneaky great campaign. Former MVP QB Josh Portis is the issue here. He threw for a career high in passing yards (2611) but had a career worst passer rating (68.4) and rushing yards as a starter (590). If he continues to be a liability, it would be hard to see the Vikings winning more than one game.

The Orcas had the #6 O, #11 D, and a + 87 point differential. They beat the Vikings and lost to the Rams and 49ers by a combined six points, so they can hang with the rest. They "only" went 9-7 partially due to bad luck but also because they had a stretch in the season to where injuries and inconsistency took ahold, and adjustments just didn't yield wins. They seemed to right the ship once the defense came closer to full health and QB Chris Leak and WR Antonio Brown regained their connection, but they lost HB LaMarkus Coker who was having the best most productive season of his career. They will now turn to former Top 10 pick Jonathan Stewart who passed his first test against the Bucs. They were unfortunately set up against the Rams in the wild card round, so they should be the underdog. They did only lose by one in their previous match, and they completely shut down the Rams offense. Regardless, it will be a difficult playoff path despite how good they have shown to be this season.

Look, I know that the 49ers own the conference's top seed, but they are much more flawed team than just about every other playoff team. HB Thomas Rawls had a highly productive season out of nowhere, though I guess it shouldn't be a surprise given that San Fran is a HB factory. However, he had a sub-4 YPC, and we've seen teams completely neutralize him and subsequently the entire 49ers offense. Former Top 10 pick Mitchell Trubisky ended up with a passer rating around 10th, but he struggled to connect with anyone that wasn't Lance Leggett. Virtually half of his passing yards (2135 was good for 20th in the league) went to him. Leggett's 1030 were almost 800 more than the next person (TE Martellus Bennett with 286). I'm not sure that I have ever seen that before. They largely got to where they are on the backs of their defense. The ranking doesn't do them quite justice as they were without three of their top defenders for most of the season, but they were wrecking havoc with everyone, highlighted by OLB Ryan Shazier, a Def Player of the Year and MVP threat. While history has shown that first round byes typically lead to playoff success, we've seen multiple examples in recent seasons of bye teams losing their first game. The 49ers could be potentially matched up against the Rams or Orcas and struggled against them this season.

This is an uncharacterstic Broncos playoff team. Normally an elite defensive and rushing team, they are led on offense by QB DeShone Kizer, and their defense had many peaks and valleys to ultimately land in the bottom half of playoff teams. They haven't won a playoff game since losing the S10 SB. They are matched up against the inferior Titans, so they are in a good position to end that streak, but they were also just embarrased by the Bears, and despite all the issues the Titans have, they do have Vince Young and Brian Cushing leading their respective units.

Nine of the 12 playoff teams had point differentials of 40 or more. The Broncos ended with +24. The final team on this ranking had +14. The Titans had a -6. That obviously isn't S4 Falcons territory, but it, alongside having the #11 O and alarmingly the #29 D, shows that the Titans were extremely lucky to get into the playoffs. 8 of their 10 wins were against sub.-500 teams. It is good news that one of the two exceptions was their first round opponent in the Broncos, but the entirety of this offense depends on the Vince Young to Mike Evans connection and Young to do work on his 36-year-old legs. The Broncos have their own issues to where it wouldn't be a shock to me that the Titans win, but it would be absolutely stunning if the Titans move beyond the divisional round.

The Eagles are not the worst playoff team, but the team they will be trotting out, their 4-6 record since starting 6-0, and their two wins against above.-500 teams just makes it hard for me to believe in their chances this season. The fears of what would happen to Ted Ginn when Chris Leak was removed indeed came to life as despite starting all 16 games, he is mirred in the lowest rec, yards, and TD output since his rookie season, with his rec and TD totals (51 and 5 respectively) registering as career lows. QB Ryan Perrilloux has helped lead a team to a SB victory before (Broncos in S9), but he's limited in what he can do, and the situation in Denver was substantially better there in terms of of OL, HB, and defense. HB Tevin Coleman is a marginally better runner than Cornell Brockington and a substantially worse receiver out of the backfield, so despite the OL having its best seaso maybe ever in franchise history, I just don't see them scoring the necessary points against their NFC playoff opponents. After a strong start, the defense regressed to the mean, and injuries at LB didn't help matters. OLB Christian Kirksey is probable, but everyone else has returned, so maybe they can catch lightning in a bottle once, but to expect it multiple times is something I don't envision.
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ScareChan
09/12/21 9:46:54 PM
#354:


Yeah I'll be honest I do not expect the Niners to win their game, but I am so proud, and surprised at the success they did find this season. And a lot of it was with key players injured that just came back now in the last couple of weeks.

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KCF0107
09/12/21 11:07:06 PM
#355:


To Do:
Update League Leaders sheet
Award Ballots
Stat PMs
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KCF0107
09/12/21 11:08:50 PM
#356:


I also want to say that this is a deep but presently flawed group of playoff teams. I can see any of the Top 10 (Broncos are kind of a stretch) making deep playoff runs.
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KCF0107
09/13/21 2:48:27 AM
#357:


End-of-Season Season Awards

The following posts will contain all the awards that will be given out this season. While participation is optional, I would really appreciate it if you would take the 15 minutes or so out of your life to pick out your choices for each category and submit them to me via PM before the deadline.

Most of the awards are from the game itself. There are a few that are entirely of my creation. The former awards will have both a User and Madden winner while the later will solely have a User winner. The nominees for awards from the game will mostly come from the game itself with a few categories I will do from scratch. To prevent spoilers, I reorder the nominees by team name, first name, or last name every year (except Breakout/Comeback is by positional order and GM is always by name). This year, I chose first name.

For each category, you choose the one player/coach/person you believe to be most worthy of the award. For the Offensive Player, Defensive Player, and MVP of the Year, awards, you do not have to vote for the any of the listed players. If you feel another player up for another award is applicable and more worthy for one of these awards, you may select them as a write-in candidate even though you should know they won't win. However, I will use my discretion to null a write-in vote if I feel it to be disingenuous.

The deadline to submit to me your award ballot will be Friday, September 24th at 6 PM ET. The award show should take place later that night on Discord while the playoffs will be simmed the following night.
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KCF0107
09/13/21 2:48:41 AM
#358:


Coach of the Year
Cowboys' Derrick Brooks (11-5, 87 team rating)
Express' Jeff Fisher (12-4, 89 team rating)
Dolphins' Kailee Wong (12-4, 90 team rating)
49ers' Mike Nolan (12-4, 85 team rating)
Raiders' Norv Turner (14-2, 87 team rating)

Returner of the Year
Raiders WR Cody Latimer (32 KR for 26.3 avg, 63 PR for 11.2 avg, 1 return TD)
49ers WR Cordarelle Patterson (30 KR for 26.8 avg, 26 PR for 10.4 avg, 3 return TDs)
Bengals WR Derek Hagan (53 KR for 21.5 avg, 42 PR for 14.2 avg, 2 return TDs)
Falcons WR Percy Harvin (49 KR for 24.3 avg, 52 PR for 8.7 avg, 3 return TDs)
Rams HB Roy Helu Jr. (49 KR for 22.3 avg, 62 PR for 13.0 avg, 2 return TDs)

Punter of the Year
Chiefs' David Lonie (85 punts for 44.6 avg, 34.5 net avg, 36 inside 20, 12 touchbacks)
Orcas' Kyle Basler (67 punts for 45.5 avg, 36.0 net avg, 22 inside 20, 10 touchbacks)
Giants' Lachlan Edwards (70 punts for 44.9 avg, 37.3 net avg, 22 inside 20, 13 touchbacks)
Express' Nathan Parseghian (81 punts for 45.1 avg, 35.4 net avg, 34 inside 20, 14 touchbacks)
Dolphins' Pat O'Donnell (79 punts for 45.1 avg, 34.7 net avg, 34 inside 20, 11 touchbacks)

Kicker of the Year
Panthers' Ben Jones (28-34 FGAs, 15-15 XPAs, 6-11 from 50+)
Bears' Billy Cundiff (33-39 FGAs, 18-18 XPAs, 2-5 from 50+)
Wildcats' Harrison Butker (32-38 FGAs, 29-31 XPAs, 3-4 from 50+)
Orcas' Ka'imi Fairbairn (35-41 FGAs, 41-41 XPAs, 3-4 from 50+)
Express' Sergio Aguayo (28-33 FGAs, 37-37 XPAs, 3-5 from 50+)

Defensive Back of the Year
Bengals SS Chris Browning (94 tackles, 1 sack, 4 INTs, 2 FFs, 3 FRs)
Bears SS Derek Linde (109 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INTs, 3 FFs)
Browns SS Jessie Daniels (109 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 FFs. 2 FRs)
Cowboys SS Josh Jones (59 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 INTs, 2 FFs, 2 FRs)
Dolphins FS Tony Jefferson (45 tackles, 5 INTs, 3 FFs, 2 FRs, 2 def TDs)

Linebacker of the Year
Dolphins MLB Jordan Tripp (138 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 INTs, 4 FFs, 2 FRs)
Rams OLB Leonard Floyd (74 tackles, 9 sacks, 6 INTs, 1 FF, 2 FRs)
Bengals OLB Matthew Judon (140 tackles, 10 sacks, 1 INT, 3 FFs, 4 FRs)
49ers OLB Ryan Shazier (157 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 INTs, 4 FFs, 1 FR)
Raiders MLB Vontaze Burfict (121 tackles, 7 sacks, 4 INTs, 1 FF, 2 FRs, 1 def TD)

Defensive Lineman of the Year
Orcas DT Aaron Donald (38 tackles, 12 sacks, 6 FFs, 2 FRs)
Packers DE Demarcus Lawrence (53 tackles, 14 sacks, 3 FFs)
Buccaneers DE Leonard Williams (23 tackles, 14 sacks, 1 FF, 3 FRs)
Broncos DT Robert Satele (67 tackles, 9 sacks, 3 FFs)
Dolphins DT Timmy Jernigan (58 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FRs)
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09/13/21 3:45:51 AM
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Offensive Lineman of the Year
Eagles RT Donovan Smith (82 blocks, 5 sacks allowed)
Panthers C Josh Sitton (82 blocks, 4 sacks allowed)
Jaguars LT Kolton Miller (72 blocks, 3 sacks allowed)
Buccaneers RT Orlando Franklin (74 blocks, 2 sacks allowed)
Titans RT Phil Trautwein (78 blocks, 3 sacks allowed)

Tight End of the Year
Wildcats' Dane Guthrie (61 rec for 662 yards (10.8 YPC), 6 TDs)
Broncos' Dwayne Allen (80 rec for 608 yards (7.6 YPC), 4 TDs)
Washington's Tim Wright (76 rec for 681 yards (8.9 YPC, 5 TDs)
Express' Trey Burton (60 rec for 559 yards (9.3 YPC), 5 TDs)
Dolphins' Zach Miller (79 rec for 764 yards (9.6 YPC), 5 TDs)

Wide Receiver of the Year
Orcas' Antonio Brown (95 rec for 1326 yards (13.9 YPC), 14 TDs, 5 drops)
Wildcats' Gonzie Massey (105 rec for 1413 yards (13.4 YPC), 13 TDs, 4 drops)
Titans' Mike Evans (99 rec for 1205 yards (12.1 YPC), 12 TDs, 5 drops)
Rams' Patrick Turner (79 rec for 1175 yards (14.8 YPC), 12 TDs, 3 drops)
Pioneers' Stefon Diggs (86 rec for 1105 yards (12.8 YPC), 9 TDs, 2 drops)

Running Back of the Year
Ravens' Doug Martin (444 carries for 2005 yards (4.5 YPC), 35 rec for 321 yards (9.1 YPC), 9 total TDs, 4 fumbles)
Orcas' LaMarcus Coker (334 carries for 1483 yards (4.4 YPC), 26 rec for 210 yards (8.0 YPC), 10 total TDs, 2 fumbles)
Raiders' R.J. Jackson (397 carries for 1771 yards (4.4 YPC), 32 rec for 243 yards (7.5 YPC), 14 total TDs, 5 fumbles)
49ers' Thomas Rawls (420 carries for 1641 yards (3.9 YPC), 27 rec for 147 yards (5.4 YPC), 16 total TDs, 3 fumbles)
Bills' Todd Gurley (443 carries for 1869 yards (4.2 YPC), 22 rec for 168 yards (7.6 YPC), 12 total TDs, 3 fumbles)

Quarterback of the Year
Cowboys' Cam Newton (210-362 (58.0%), 2363 yards, 21 TDs, 9 INTs, 4 fumbles, 86.6 passer rating)
Broncos' DeShone Kizer (271-454 (59.7%), 2763 yards, 23 TDs, 12 INTs, 5 fumbles, 83.0 passer rating)
Rams' Ryan Tannehill (285-470 (60.6%), 2839 yards, 27 TDs, 12 INTs, 6 fumbles. 86.2 passer rating)
Dolphins' Sam Keller (249-415 (60.0%), 2650 yards, 27 TDs, 12 INTs, 3 fumbles, 88.3 passer rating)
Titans' Vince Young (230-346 (66.5 %), 2586 yards, 21 TDs, 11 INTs, 5 fumbles, 95.6 passer rating)

Defensive Rookie of the Year
Broncos MLB Ben Heeney (66 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INTs, 3 FFs)
Falcons OLB Chase Allen (76 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 FFs, 1 FR)
Orcas OLB Darius Leonard (81 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 FF, 3 FRs, 1 def TD)
Giants MLB Eric Kendricks (154 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 INTs, 3 FFs, 3 FRs)
Washington MLB Luke Randolph (83 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 FF, 2 FRs)

Offensive Rookie of the Year
Seahawks HB Aaron Jones (273 carries for 998 yards (3.6 YPC), 16 rec for 131 yards (8.1 YPC), 6 total TDs, 2 fumbles
Steelers RG Donald Stabler (50 blocks, 7 sacks allowed)
Jaguars LT Kolton Miller (72 blocks, 3 sacks allowed)
Patriots QB Mason Rudolph (206-358 (57.5%), 2106 yards, 14 TDs, 12 INTs, 9 fumbles, 73.6 passer rating)
Jaguars QB Reuben Lane (63-118 (53.4%), 747 yards, 9 TDs, 6 INTs, 2 fumbles, 77.1 passer rating, team went 6-0 in his starts)

Defensive Player of the Year
Orcas DT Aaron Donald (38 tackles, 12 sacks, 6 FFs, 2 FRs)
Bengals SS Chris Browning (94 tackles, 1 sack, 4 INTs, 2 FFs, 3 FRs)
Packers DE Demarcus Lawrence (53 tackles, 14 sacks, 3 FFs)
Browns SS Jessie Daniels (109 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 FFs, 2 FRs)
Rams OLB Leonard Floyd (74 tackles, 9 sacks, 6 INTs, 1 FF, 2 FRs)
Bengals OLB Matthew Judon (140 tackles, 10 sacks, 1 INT, 3 FFs, 4 FRs)
Dolphins FS Tony Jefferson (45 tackles, 5 INTs, 3 FFs, 2 FRs, 2 def TDs)
Broncos DT Robert Satele (67 tackles, 9 sacks, 3 FFs)
49ers OLB Ryan Shazier (157 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 INTs, 4 FFs, 1 FR)
Raiders MLB Vontaze Burfict (121 tackles, 7 sacks, 4 INTs, 1 FF, 2 FRs, 1 def TD)

Offensive Player of the Year
Orcas WR Antonio Brown (95 rec for 1326 yards (13.9 YPC), 14 TDs, 5 drops)
Cowboys QB Cam Newton (210-362 (58.0%), 2363 yards, 81 rushes for 707 yards, 25 total TDs, 9 INTs, 4 fumbles, 86.6 passer rating)
Ravens HB Doug Martin (444 carries for 2005 yards (4.5 YPC), 35 rec for 321 yards (9.1 YPC), 9 total TDs, 4 fumbles)
Wildcats WR Gonzie Massey (105 rec for 1413 yards (13.4 YPC), 13 TDs, 4 drops)
Panthers C Josh Sitton (82 blocks, 4 sacks allowed)
Buccaneers RT Orlando Franklin (74 blocks, 2 sacks allowed)
Rams WR Patrick Turner (79 rec for 1175 yards (14.8 YPC), 12 TDs, 3 drops)
Raiders HB R.J. Jackson (397 carries for 1771 yards (4.4 YPC), 32 rec for 243 yards (7.5 YPC), 14 total TDs, 5 fumbles)
Bills HB Todd Gurley (443 carries for 1869 yards (4.2 YPC), 22 rec for 168 yards (7.6 YPC), 12 total TDs, 3 fumbles)
Titans QB Vince Young (230-346 (66.5 %), 2586 yards, 147 rushes for 1391 yards, 29 total TDs, 11 INTs, 5 fumbles, 95.6 passer rating)

Most Valuable Player
Orcas DT Aaron Donald (38 tackles, 12 sacks, 6 FFs, 2 FRs)
Orcas WR Antonio Brown (95 rec for 1326 yards (13.9 YPC), 14 TDs, 5 drops)
Cowboys QB Cam Newton (210-362 (58.0%), 2363 yards, 81 rushes for 707 yards, 25 total TDs, 9 INTs, 4 fumbles, 86.6 passer rating)
Ravens HB Doug Martin (444 carries for 2005 yards (4.5 YPC), 35 rec for 321 yards (9.1 YPC), 9 total TDs, 4 fumbles)
Wildcats WR Gonzie Massey (105 rec for 1413 yards (13.4 YPC), 13 TDs, 4 drops)
Raiders HB R.J. Jackson (397 carries for 1771 yards (4.4 YPC), 32 rec for 243 yards (7.5 YPC), 14 total TDs, 5 fumbles)
49ers OLB Ryan Shazier (157 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 INTs, 4 FFs, 1 FR)
Dolphins FS Tony Jefferson (45 tackles, 5 INTs, 3 FFs, 2 FRs, 2 def TDs)
Titans QB Vince Young (230-346 (66.5 %), 2586 yards, 147 rushes for 1391 yards, 29 total TDs, 11 INTs, 5 fumbles, 95.6 passer rating)
Raiders MLB Vontaze Burfict (121 tackles, 7 sacks, 4 INTs, 1 FF, 2 FRs, 1 def TD)
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KCF0107
09/13/21 4:18:22 AM
#360:


Breakout Player of the Year

49ers HB Thomas Rawls

The 49ers were in a cap crunch and had to cut or simply not re-sign several veteran members of their offense, including inconsistent former first round pick HB Giovanni Bernard. Instead of taking one of the falling HB prospects in the first round, the 49ers had a HB competition in the preseason, in which Rawls won. Coming in with a 3.7 career YPC and 6 TDs on around 750 rushing yards, Rawls had arguably the most productive season by a non-Tatum Bell HB in franchise history with nearly 1800 total yards and 16 TDs on 3.9 rushing YPC to help carry the offense to a 12-4 record and the franchise's first #1 conference seed.

Jets C Maurkice Pouncey

The first ever C taken in the first round, Pouncey had bouts of injury (missed 11 games in S10 and S12) and pass protection woes (40 sacks allowed in S11, S13, and S14). In a contract year while blocking primarily for a sub-80, 33-year-old HB, Pouncey had far and away his best season shatter his previous highs in blocks (75 vs 50 before) while allowing just 7 sacks (10.7 blocks per sack allowed is great, phenomenal even for an interior OL) as HB Selvin Young had career highs in yards and touchdowns to help the offense score enough points to avoid double digit losses for the first time since S11.

49ers OLB Ryan Shazier

Coming back to the 49ers, they had won between 6-8 games each season from S9 to S14, so the franchise was long mirred in mediocrity and at a crossroad given the financial woes making their future core murky. Things didn't look good when long-time stud LBs Korey Norton and Zach Orr went down early (both played seven games) for a team needing a breakthrough. Shazier more than stepped up recording 157 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 INTs, 4 FFs, and a FR as a LB, Def Player, and MVP candidate as the 49ers won a franchise-best 12 games.

Orcas DT Aaron Donald

Donald had a modest start to his career being primarily a run-stuff with the occasional sack (7 in his first 32 games). Given some new front seven supporting cast around him, Donald became a wrecking ball this season with 13 sacks (tied for 3rd in league), 6 FFs (lead league and tied for most in B8NFLL history), and 2 FRs as he helped the Orcas defense finish in the Top 5 in both sacks and FFs as they made the playoffs for the first time since S2 and their first division crown.

Express FS Jeff Heath

An under-the-radar AI draft day trade in S14, Heath was to supplant retired former 1st round pick Pat Watkins, who didn't do much to stand out in his career. Heath didn't do much to stand out either with 32 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, and 1 FR. He entered S15 with 41 tackles and the lone sack, INT, and FR. He finally gave the Express production from a FS that they had never seen before as his 58 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INTs, and 4 FRs far exceeded what he gave the team last season as he helped the Express finish in the Top 5 in total defense, pass defense, and turnover differential as they matched a career best 12-4 record despite being near the top of the league in starters games lost due to injury.
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09/13/21 4:47:54 AM
#361:


Comeback Player of the Year

Cowboys QB Cam Newton

Cam was a member of the historically awful Patriots S14 passing attack, and he was cut 4 games into it with a 23.1 passer rating and 263 yards, 0 TDs, and 7 INTs. He remained a free agent until the Cowboys picked him up as a playoff injury replacement, and he did well enough to help the Cowboys reach the Super Bowl. In what was a surprise by some, the Cowboys elected to re-sign Newton instead of future Hall of Famer Vince Young. It paid off as the 16th-highest paid QB finished third in the NFL in passer rating (86.6) as he became a QB, Off Player, and MVP candidate as he carried a Cowboys offense to finish 5th in points in spite of injuries and ineffectiveness at the HB position.

Steelers HB Christian McCaffrey

Another former first round pick castoff, McCaffrey was part of the S13 rookie HB class that has struggled with health, production, and effciency. He was benched four games into his sophomore campaign with the Wildcats after rushing for less than 3.5 YPC and had more fumbles than TDs. The Steelers picked him up in an offseason trade, and he finally showed glimpses of what made him a 1st round pick in rushing for 1787 yards (3rd in league) and 9 TDs while finally reaching the 4.0 YPC mark.

Dolphins RT Morgan Moses

His season was cut short after just five games as he saw the Dolphins fail to win a playoff game for the first time in his career. As the starters and depth around him along the OL fell victim to injuries, Moses stayed upright and was one of the league's best OL this season with 75 blocks against 6 sacks allowed, the blocks and 12.5 ratio both being career bests as he helped the Dolphins O remain balanced admist the turmoil, which ultimately resulted in a first round bye.

Vikings DT William Morrisey

After winning the Super Bowl, Morrisey didn't get a chance to help the Vikings defend the title as his season was lost during the preseason. In the final year of his contract, he showed the Vikings the he should be back for a 12th season with the team as his stats were near his peaks with 40 tackles, 8 sacks, and 2 FFs as the Vikings turned things around defensively as they came back from a 1-3 start to claim the NFC North.

Colts CB Brandon Browner

In a handful of starts before losing most of his season to injury, Browner gave the Colts 13 tackles and nothing else. The Colts decided to re-sign him over retaining Jason McCourty, and he responded by recording career highs in tackles (52) and INTs (5) while chipping in a sack and FR as he helped a team with the #32 offense remain competitive by helping to lead the defense to a #8 ranking.
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KCF0107
09/13/21 5:18:41 AM
#362:


General Manager of the Year

Bloodychess
+ Finished with a league-best 14-2 record
+ Did not panic or make drastic changes when individuals had a bad game

- Most of the new starters they brought in or promoted were terrible or disappointing, including LG Stanley Schneidmiller recording 26 blocks vs 8 sacks and DE Danielle Hunter with 34 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FR

KCF
+ Took over a team without a playoff appearance since S2 and led them to tie their franchise best record and won the NFC South for the first time.
+ Brought in 23 new players, including 14 on offense and eight starters overall as he helped them to finish with the #6 offense, #11 defense, and a +87 point differential.

- In-season adjustments to accomodate injuries and unit stagnation were often met with underwhelming results

Ranlom
+Focused on bringing in new defensive blood, including three new CBs and saw them finish T-8th in pass defense
+ Led the Chiefs to their first winning season since S5

- DId not make the playoffs

ScareChan
+ Navigated a tricky offseason to lead the 49ers to a franchise best record and first ever conference #1 seed
+ Incumbents they elected to promote more or less succeeded, including QB Mitchell Trubisky finishing 9th in passer rating and HB Thomas Rawls leading the league with 16 rushing TDs.

- Free agent signings were all major busts. WR Cordarelle Patterson was given a $20+ mil contract to give them 25 rec for 147 yards in 12 starts, WR Brandin Cooks was paid over $5 mil to give them 17 rec for 142 yards in 8 games, and the 3-4 D is somehow paying three DTs in excess of $3.3 mil annually, including offseason signing Demonte Bolden who gave them 5 tackles and 2 sacks.

TheSultanOfSlam
+ Signed or drafted many notable players to turn around a sagging offense including HB Eddie Lacy (1877 total yards, 7 TDs) and likely Off Rookie of the Year front-runner OT Kolton Miller (72 blocks, 3 sacks)
+ Made several gutsy in-season adjustments to turn their season around, most notably benching QB Tim Tebow for 4th round rookie Reuben Lane, and saw him win all six games he started en route to a winning record

- Did not make the playoffs
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KCF0107
09/13/21 5:19:12 AM
#363:


To Do:
Update League Leaders sheet
Stat PMs
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KCF0107
09/13/21 3:09:29 PM
#364:


A bit of a correction:

All statlines regarding DT Aaron Donald say he had 12 sacks while the breakout profile says 13 sacks. He finished with 12 sacks and thus I believe was tied for 4th in the league.
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Ranlom
09/15/21 7:52:11 AM
#365:


Am i not good enough to get my name italicized? I see how it is

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theawesomestevr
09/15/21 9:44:46 AM
#366:


Ranlom posted...
Am i not good enough to get my name italicized? I see how it is

Italics are only for people who have made the playoffs before.
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KCF0107
09/16/21 8:05:28 PM
#368:


To Do:
Stat PMs

I'm up to 6 ballots now
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theawesomestevr
09/16/21 9:38:15 PM
#369:


My ballot over many posts:

Coach of the Year
Raiders' Norv Turner (14-2, 87 team rating)

Returner of the Year
49ers WR Cordarelle Patterson (30 KR for 26.8 avg, 26 PR for 10.4 avg, 3 return TDs)
And KCF thought this guy was overpaid. Look at those beautiful return numbers!

Punter of the Year
Dolphins' Pat O'Donnell (79 punts for 45.1 avg, 34.7 net avg, 34 inside 20, 11 touchbacks)
Went with the better ins. 20 to TB ratio

Kicker of the Year
Panthers' Ben Jones (28-34 FGAs, 15-15 XPAs, 6-11 from 50+)
Only missed one kick inside 50. Not as good as Justin Tucker, but close enough.
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KCF0107
09/16/21 9:42:38 PM
#370:


Please send it via PM or Discord DM if you have to
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theawesomestevr
09/16/21 9:48:41 PM
#371:


Defensive Back of the Year
Dolphins FS Tony Jefferson (45 tackles, 5 INTs, 3 FFs, 2 FRs, 2 def TDs)
Turnover difference maker + def TDs

Linebacker of the Year
Rams OLB Leonard Floyd (74 tackles, 9 sacks, 6 INTs, 1 FF, 2 FRs)
Load of INTs and a load of sacks

Defensive Lineman of the Year
Orcas DT Aaron Donald (38 tackles, 12 sacks, 6 FFs, 2 FRs)
2nd most sacks and a disruptor with a bunch of turnover activity

Offensive Lineman of the Year
Buccaneers RT Orlando Franklin (74 blocks, 2 sacks allowed)
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theawesomestevr
09/16/21 9:49:12 PM
#372:


KCF0107 posted...
Please send it via PM or Discord DM if you have to

Will do.
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KCF0107
09/16/21 9:59:25 PM
#373:


KCF0107 posted...
submit them to me via PM before the deadline.

Just in case others didn't see it in post #357
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theawesomestevr
09/16/21 10:27:55 PM
#374:


Tight End of the Year
Wildcats' Dane Guthrie (61 rec for 662 yards (10.8 YPC), 6 TDs)
Tough call over Zach Martin

Wide Receiver of the Year
Wildcats' Gonzie Massey (105 rec for 1413 yards (13.4 YPC), 13 TDs, 4 drops)
Maybe should have gone Brown, but it was a close decision that I gave to Massey based on having the lesser of the two QBs throwing to him. I don't know their numbers, but I think most of us would assume at least that Murray was the lesser of the two QBs entering the season. I also didn't follow other team's injury situations.

Running Back of the Year
I'll abstain. Didn't want to be a homer. Everyone had their caveats. Martin had the yardage, but not the TDs, and had the 2nd most fumbles (though he also had the most carries), Rawls had the TDs, but not the yardage. Jackson may have been the better choice, but he had the most fumbles. I feel like Gurley was a good middle ground here, especially when considering the crap he had supporting him at QB, but he didn't stand out enough in any category to justify.

Quarterback of the Year
Titans' Vince Young (230-346 (66.5 %), 2586 yards, 21 TDs, 11 INTs, 5 fumbles, 95.6 passer rating)
Less passing TDs than Keller, but he had the YPA and QBR to justify the pick here I think.
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theawesomestevr
09/16/21 11:43:19 PM
#375:


Defensive Rookie of the Year
Giants MLB Eric Kendricks (154 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 INTs, 3 FFs, 3 FRs)
The tiniest of edges given over Leonard based on the extra acitivity in the TO department. Very tough call though. Maybe should have gone with Leonard.

Offensive Rookie of the Year
Jaguars LT Kolton Miller (72 blocks, 3 sacks allowed)
Hard to pick otherwise when the other options outside OL are so bad and you have one so clearly above the rest.

Defensive Player of the Year
Rams OLB Leonard Floyd (74 tackles, 9 sacks, 6 INTs, 1 FF, 2 FRs)
Acknowledgements to Tony Jefferson for his crazy numbers as a FS and Aaron Donald for the combination of sacks and fumble-related activity, but Leonard's 6 INTs and 9 sacks were just enough for him to place as the best defender this season.

Offensive Player of the Year
Titans QB Vince Young (230-346 (66.5 %), 2586 yards, 147 rushes for 1391 yards, 29 total TDs, 11 INTs, 5 fumbles, 95.6 passer rating)

Most Valuable Player
Titans QB Vince Young (230-346 (66.5 %), 2586 yards, 147 rushes for 1391 yards, 29 total TDs, 11 INTs, 5 fumbles, 95.6 passer rating)

Easy to become numb to Young's ridiculous numbers, but for a 3rd time, he'll win the user MVP if I have anything to say about it as there weren't any big enough standouts to top Young moving to the lowly Titans posting huge rushing numbers (as usual for him) combined with good-by-this-league's-standards passing numbers all while leading the pathetic practice squadders of Tennessee to their 1st division title since season 2 (where they went 8-8), their first double-digit winning season (2nd winning season altogether), and only their 3rd playoff appearance to date!
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theawesomestevr
09/17/21 12:14:39 AM
#376:


Breakout Player of the Year

Slight nod to 49ers OLB Ryan Shazier over Aaron Donald

Comeback Player of the Year

Colts CB Brandon Browner
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theawesomestevr
09/17/21 1:09:20 AM
#377:


theawesomestevr's Thoughts on the GM of the Year Candidates

Bloodychess
+ Finished with a league-best 14-2 record

Seems like a very notable achievement, but I honestly don't remember what their roster moves have been over the last couple of seasons so perhaps it's tough to give credit where credit is due.

KCF
+ Took over a team without a playoff appearance since S2 and led them to tie their franchise best record and won the NFC South for the first time.
+ Brought in 23 new players, including 14 on offense and eight starters overall as he helped them to finish with the #6 offense, #11 defense, and a +87 point differential.

I'd need to see a list of all the roster moves, but I remember thinking prior to last off-season this would be a piece of cake for KCF to turn around both because it's KCF and because they already had some key talent in place with plenty of cap space. So certainly once it was known who the QBs available in FA were, I expected Leak to sign here and for the Orcas to be instantly in contention, but even before that I suspected as much. I'm actually a little surprised they only won 9 games, but I didn't pay attention to other teams' injuries this year as I noted earlier.

Also, obviously I'm always going to give the nod to other users unless KCF did something especially insane in terms of turnarounds because doing otherwise to me is somewhat akin to Madden giving the ai perfect draft grades


Ranlom
+Focused on bringing in new defensive blood, including three new CBs and saw them finish T-8th in pass defense
+ Led the Chiefs to their first winning season since S5

- DId not make the playoffs

My rival for incompetence in this league has almost surpassed me, but fortunately he's still multiple playoff appearances short. In fact he still has zero. But I do have to give him credit for turning around the Kansas City 6-10ers to a winning record in the toughest division in the league this season no less.

ScareChan
+ Navigated a tricky offseason to lead the 49ers to a franchise best record and first ever conference #1 seed
+ Incumbents they elected to promote more or less succeeded, including QB Mitchell Trubisky finishing 9th in passer rating and HB Thomas Rawls leading the league with 16 rushing TDs.

- Free agent signings were all major busts. WR Cordarelle Patterson was given a $20+ mil contract to give them 25 rec for 147 yards in 12 starts, WR Brandin Cooks was paid over $5 mil to give them 17 rec for 142 yards in 8 games, and the 3-4 D is somehow paying three DTs in excess of $3.3 mil annually, including offseason signing Demonte Bolden who gave them 5 tackles and 2 sacks.

A strong contender if only for the greatly underappreciated, genius signing of Returner of the Year Cordarelle Patterson. Seriously though, impressive record by Scare this season. Much better than expected. Hats off to him as he's a strong contender for my vote.

TheSultanOfSlam
+ Signed or drafted many notable players to turn around a sagging offense including HB Eddie Lacy (1877 total yards, 7 TDs) and likely Off Rookie of the Year front-runner OT Kolton Miller (72 blocks, 3 sacks)
+ Made several gutsy in-season adjustments to turn their season around, most notably benching QB Tim Tebow for 4th round rookie Reuben Lane, and saw him win all six games he started en route to a winning record

A perennial nominee for this award, Sultan and his Jags had a very impressive 6-game winning streak to cap the season that, like Ranlom's Chiefs, was one win short of a playoff bid.

All in all, it's a tough call who I'll take for this year's General Manager of the Year, but I'll keep my pick secret for now - though KCF is welcome to share it if he feels like at the awards ceremony
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theawesomestevr
09/17/21 1:13:52 AM
#378:


KCF0107 posted...
While participation is optional, I would really appreciate it if you would take the 15 minutes or so out of your life to pick out your choices for each category and submit them to me via PM before the deadline.

Reposting one last time in case it was buried in my selections.

Oh, and also, rest in peace, Norm Macdonald.
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KCF0107
09/17/21 1:31:34 AM
#379:


I mean, you kept posting even after reminding you, so I don't know why you quoted my rule after explicitly not following the rule lol
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Ranlom
09/17/21 1:38:58 AM
#380:


That's our stevr

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theawesomestevr
09/17/21 1:41:28 AM
#381:


I did send the PM though, so I did follow the rule! I just didn't know I was supposed to keep my whole ballot a secret or why!
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KCF0107
09/19/21 1:48:31 AM
#382:


Up to 8 ballots received
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KCF0107
09/21/21 7:49:15 PM
#383:


now 11
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KCF0107
09/23/21 6:42:52 PM
#384:


Less than 24 hours to submit a ballot
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Ranlom
09/24/21 8:31:22 AM
#385:


Can't wait for Peyton Hillis to win his 12th consecutive FB of the Year award

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KCF0107
09/24/21 4:15:23 PM
#386:


If that were an award, Brian Leonard would have won it for every year he was in the league.

Also, less than two hours to submit a ballot
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KCF0107
09/24/21 9:22:03 PM
#387:


The live awards ceremony will take place in our Discord channel soon
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