The la Rams promised the NFC West title all of the way back in Week 13, therefore it’s right that they take home half of the branch awards passed out by ESPN reporters Brady Henderson (Seattle Seahawks), Lindsey Thiry (Los Angeles Rams), Nick Wagoner (sanfrancisco 49ers) and Josh Weinfuss (Arizona Cardinals). However, the Rams didn’t simply take them all.

Defensive MVP — Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald: He pulled of training camp for two successive seasons, needing to settle for less compared to his worth. With 10 days until the opener, Donald signed a six-year, $135 million extension — for example $87 million guaranteed — to become the highest paid defensive player in NFL history (Khalil Mack signed a deal worth more the following day).

Subsequently Donald overcame a sluggish start to go on a rip off. He had been held without a sack during the first few games, but finished the season using record breaking numbers.

Despite managing double-teams on an overwhelming majority of snaps,” Donald recorded 20.5 sacks to specify a brand new NFL single-season album for a defensive tackle, since sacks became a formal individual stat in 1982. His 20.5 sacks additionally establish a brand new Rams franchise listing.

“I’ve had some pretty good players,” explained Wade Phillips, the Rams’ 71-year-old defensive coordinator. “But he is certainly right up there better or equal “

Donald made his fifth Pro Bowl honour in five seasons also, while believed an outsider at the MVP race, would be your favorite to repeat since the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. — Lindsey Thiry

He clearly demonstrated his worth from the Rams’ high-scoring offense.

Despite sitting out the last two regular-season games due to a sore knee, Gurley felt a league-best 2-1 touchdowns, ranked third using 1,251 rushing yards and caught 59 passes for 580 yards. Among players that started a lot more than three games, Gurley ranked second in rushing yards a game, averaging 89.4.

Throughout 11 weeks, and also a 10-1 start, Gurley was believed a serious competition at the MVP race. And in addition, he put a new franchise album when he scored a touchdown in 13 consecutive games dating to the 20 17 season.

“I’ve said it a handful of times,” quarterback Jared Goff explained. “I’m very thankful to have him alongside me personally and be ready to play alongside him for hopefully a very long moment.”

Gurley was called for his third Pro Bowl. — Lindsey Thiry

Rookie of the Year — 49ers offensive speech Mike McGlinchey: if the Niners used the No. 9 overall choice on McGlinchey at the 2018 draft, additionally they traded away incumbent right address Trent Brown. Brown had established himself as a top-tier overhaul protector but didn’t give san francisco bay area exactly what it sought on the run game. So, the Niners jettisoned Brown and pulled the trigger on McGlinchey despite some tremendously rated defenders still on the board.

The immediate returns on McGlinchey are favorable, particularly in the field most expected, the run game. For what it’s worth, Professional Football Emphasis levels McGlinchey together of the best run-blocking tackles from the league, and also the statistics is there to support it.

“When you state Von Miller’s coming to town, he does not worry he does not take care of any different,” cornerback Richard Sherman stated. “He goes on the market, blue-collar, does his position. You state, Khalil Mack’s coming to town, he is only going to go out there and do his position. He is so consistent, he is therefore levelheaded, ” I don’t think he worries regarding who the opponent is. He worries about his technique and also what he could restrain. That is really incredible to find as a rookie.”

McGlinchey’s strong rookie season will fly under the radar, mostly due to the position he plays. However he did enough to oppose himself being a franchise construction block with an eye on becoming the eventual replacement on the other hand when Joe Staley retires. — Nick Wagoner

Writer of the Year — Seahawks’ Pete Carroll: of all of the coaching challenges Carroll has faced since he arrived at the Seahawks at 2010, this year old could happen to be the most demanding.

It isn’t as though the Seahawks are without celebrities — perhaps not by way of a long shot — in the 12 months between Cliff Avril’s career-ending neck trauma last year and also Earl Thomas’ broken leg at September, Seattle lost seven Pro Bowlers (Avril, Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson and also Jimmy Graham) and has played with most of this year without an eighth (K.J. Wright).

Carroll has gotten 10 wins and the other playoff berth from a roster no longer filled up with blue-chip talent. It’s why he is the choice for Writer of the Year at the NFC West — and why he’s a candidate for the league-wide award.

Carroll’s case also comprises the decisions he made while overhauling his coaching staff, also if it wasn’t completely his choice to fire coordinators Darrell Bevell and Kris Richard, plus offensive line coach Tom Cable, one of several different assistants. With Brian Schottenheimer calling plays and Mike Solari in control of the O-line, Russell Wilson is with arguably his best season, and Seattle leads the league in rushing. The defense was mathematically typical under Ken Norton Jr., but average is pretty good considering that almost all of the lost fire-power came on that side of the ball.