So we're rolling out our 2012 Season Predictions on NFL.com this week. They let the Around the League writers sit at the big kid's table, so we are included among the 16 analysts that have already picked NFL MVP, and five other awards.
It's hard to find fault with choosing Luck, but the disparity seems a little crazy. We're probably basing too much on his excellent preseason performance. Griffin has a better chance to lead a winning team, which often scores big with the voters.
Let's dive into the other award predictions so far:
Hard to argue with Rodgers. He's the best player on the one of the best teams, squarely in his prime. I went off the map with Arian Foster getting rewarded for a monster season. Dan Hanzus went further off the map by choosing Romo.
Offensive Player of the Year: I refuse to recap this award because it's so stupid. Let's abolish it.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Luke Kuechly (6), Melvin Ingram (2), Dont'a Hightower (2), Alex Barron (1), Morris Claiborne (1), Chandler Jones (1), Quinton Coples (1), Stephon Gilmore (1) and Shea McClellin (1).
Kuechly is a logical pick. Guys that rack up tackles almost always win this award. That's why I choose Hightower. It's good to see all the disagreement here. McClellin is the biggest long shot.
Coach of the Year: These picks were truly all over the map. Romeo Crennel and Bill Belichick were the only coaches to get two votes. Both Harbaughs, Gary Kubiak, Andy Reid, Ron Rivera, Jeff Fisher, Lovie Smith, Chuck Pagano and Mike Munchak also got one vote each.@greggrosenthal.