Best Coach: Buck Showaler
As great as Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is, no one would question what Orioles manager Buck Showalter meant to the city of Baltimore over this past year.
14 years of just utterly bad baseball…gone.
A new-found belief in the organization.
Buck not only gave this team a sense of belief in themselves, but he made baseball fun again… and fun to watch too.
I’d give you some skin Buck… unlike Mark Reynolds.
Best Play: Jacoby Jones’ touchdown catch in Denver in the AFC Divisional playoff round.
If it wasn’t for this play, and Broncos safety Rahim Moore blowing his assignment, we wouldn’t be talking about a Super Bowl championship…
Biggest Surprise: Baltimore Orioles
There was no explaining the Baltimore Orioles last season. They seemed to have a roster assembled from the “Island of Misfit Toys” and it just so happened to work.
29-9 in games decided by one run. 16-2 in extra innings games.
Yes, they were lucky, but man did they troll the MLB and all of the haters that thought they couldn’t sustain their success.
Biggest Disappointment: Washington Capitals
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the team from D.C. finds themselves in the disappointing section of this awards blog. It wasn’t that they lost to the Rangers in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs… okay, it kind of is. How they lost the series and what they’ve done since then to fix the issues is even more mind-boggling.
Nice backcheck Ovechkin…
Best Adjustment: Rearranging the starting offensive line for the postseason run for the 2012 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Some may have said firing Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator, but the play of the offensive line in the postseason wasn’t because Jim Caldwell was the new man in charge of the offense.
Bryant McKinnie being plugged in as the left tackle next to Kelechi Osemele was a force to be reckoned with on Flacco’s blind side.
Matt Birk was the quarterback of the O-line like he was in his Minnesota days.
Marshal Yanda was Marshal Yanda and Michael Oher became a respectable right tackle option.
If it wasn’t for the great play of the offensive line, moments like this wouldn’t have happened.