Pederson, however, only received a single vote from the 50 media members, which means he finished in a tie with Bill Belichick (also just one vote) behind McVay (35 votes), Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (11 votes), and Jaguars coach Doug Marrone (two votes). On the season, Gurley averaged 6.1 yards per touch, which is over one yard per touch better than Pittsburgh RB Le'Veon Bell (4.8) who finished second in the National Football League in scrimmage yards.
Now the Rams are the first team ever to have the AP Coach of the Year, AP Offensive Player of the Year and AP Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, a reminder of the rapid turnaround they underwent and the bright future that lies ahead.
Again, not to discredit the work McVay did in 2017, but where within those two successful individual seasons is there reasonable logic for a THIRTY-THREE vote seperation?
The third-year running back was the AP's top offensive rookie in 2015, then had a mediocre second season.
McVay also succeeded in changing the culture and running a tight ship despite being the league's youngest head coach at 32 years old.
McVay took home NFL Coach of the Year honors on Saturday.
Of these four, only McVay and Allen were first-year head coaches. "So, that's the main thing", Donald said. "When you have guys like that on the team with great coaches like Wade [Phillips] that's putting us in situations to have success to help this team to win - sky's the limit". Donald had team highs in sacks (11.0), quarterback hits (27) and forced fumbles (5).
The award, founded in 2014 in honor of the late Steelers owner, is given annually to the player who best demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition. "The way that I can look at myself critically and figure out how we can get better".
"We definitely have a whole lot to build off of", Donald said. Houston rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, despite playing in only seven games before a season-ending knee injury, got the other vote. "We won't shy away from it", McVay said. We've got a lot of room for improvement. He knows how dominant he was in the 14 games he played, but he's not ready to stop there.