Every year, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero polls a number of executives for their thoughts on who should win MVP, Offensive and Defensive player and rookie of the year, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
This year was no different, and the results are in, Folks!
Perhaps the most interesting result from the poll also comes from the league’s most prestigious individual award—the NFL Most Valuable Player.
According to the vote, which consisted of 26 execs (including 16 general managers), the current MVP of the season is Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs quarterback took a shocking 16 of a possible 26 votes in the poll, nearly 10 votes more than the next closest player, who was Jalen Hurts at 6.5 votes.
Make no mistake about it, Mahomes has been spectacular this season. He currently leads the NFL in passing yards (4,496) and passing touchdowns (35), and he has his Chiefs sitting at 11-3 through their first 14 games. But he also has 11 interceptions, which is just two off the league lead.
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Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, on the other hand, has just five interceptions on the season. His passing stats may not be as impressive as Mahomes’ (3,472 yards and 22 touchdowns), but he more than makes up for it with his work on the ground. In addition to his 747 rushing yards, Hurts also has a whopping 13 rushing touchdowns, which is just one behind league leader Jamaal Williams. And, perhaps most importantly, he has led his team to a 13-1 record.
It appears as though many of the league’s executives are placing more of the praise for the Eagles’ success on their head coach and general manager, as Nick Sirianni and Howie Roseman were named Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year, respectively. Roseman ran away with the Exec of the Year voting, getting more than half the votes. The Coach of the Year poll was much closer, however, with Sirianni’s 7.5 votes just barely beating out 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who received six votes.
With all due respect to Sirianni’s work this season, Shanahan has had to work with three different quarterbacks in 2022. And he currently has his team riding a seven-game winning streak, despite being down to seventh-round rookie Brock Purdy at the moment.
“He’s on his third quarterback — let’s just start with that,” one AFC executive told Pelissero. “And [Shanahan’s] been pretty good. The Niners had some (other) injuries and they survived and haven’t skipped a beat.”
In other voting, Justin Jefferson, Nick Bosa and Sauce Gardner all ran away with Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. Meanwhile, Jets wideout Garrett Wilson barely edged out Chris Olave and Dameon Pierce in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting.
For a full rundown of the results, you can visit Pelissero’s article below:
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