Mark CRAIG’S AWARDS PREDICTIONS
Most Valuable Player Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback
His third MVP will come when he does what he does: Makes great decisions with poise and pinpoint passes no matter how old he is, who’s on the other end or who is playing left guard.
Coach of the Year
Bill Belichick, Patriots
He’ll win 14 games — yawn — and another division title — ho-hum — in the wake of trading another big-name Pro Bowl starter whose britches got too big on the eve of the season — zzzz.
Assistant coach of the year Dom Capers, Packers defensive coordinator
It helps being five deep at cornerback. A lot.
Defensive Player of the Year Kenny Vaccaro, Saints safety
This guy can do it all, and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan knows it.
Comeback Player of the Year
Von Miller, Broncos linebacker
Back and potentially better from a suspension and a torn knee ligament.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Brandin Cooks, Saints receiver
He’s a shifty, hard-to-cover little fella. And, oh yeah, he plays with Drew Brees.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Anthony Barr, Vikings linebacker
We’ll see how he plays, but the kid already looks like something Mike Zimmer built in a secret lab.