It is awards season for the NFL, so it is only appropriate to hand out some team awards for this past San Diego Chargers season.
Let's start with a few awards for the best and worst new additions to the team this season.
The Tom Brady Award for best draft pick
The winner is none other than Rookie of the Year candidate Keenan Allen! Taken in the third round, Allen has put up top receivers numbers since entering the starting lineup, and was quite possibly the steal of the draft.
The Ryan Leaf Award for worst draft pick
Steve Williams was injured during training camp and would be a worthy pick here. Brad Sorenson also never saw the field, but as a 7th round draft pick buried on the depth chart, that is to be expected. My pick for the winner of this award, however, goes to none other than Manti Te'o. Not only has his play not nearly been worth the second round pick he was taken with, but the team also traded a fourth round pick to move up in the second round to get him. All in all, easily the worst pick of the draft.
The Reggie White Award for best free agent signing
There were several worthy candidates here, but after some deliberation among the voters (me),
we I decided to go with King Dunlap. When signed, most people assumed another tackle would also be brought in to start, and Dunlap would likely replace Mike Harris, who played horribly in 2012. Instead, Dunlap earned the starting role, and was an absolute beast this season.
Honorable Mention: Danny Woodhead
The Albert Haynesworth Award for worst free agent signing
One candidate clearly ran away from the field with this one, all the way to the bench while cashing a big contract. Derek Cox signed a 4-year, $20 million contract with $10 million guaranteed, and played so terribly that he was repeatedly benched mid-game before finding himself permanently on the pine.
Now let's move on to some more obscure awards...
The Apple Maps Award for worst route runner
When an incorrect route leads to interceptions in consecutive games, and then you basically disappear for the rest of the season, that'll earn you this award. Congratulations, Vincent Brown. Please follow the clearly labelled map that may or may not lead to the middle of the desert.
The John Wayne's Hat Award for best fashion accessory
Before leaving the team, Antonio Garay's Hello Kitty Smart Car was always a strong candidate in this category. This was a tight race, but due to the complete the winner gets the nod for uniqueness and sheer insanity. Congrats on your award, Philip Rivers' Bolo Tie.
Honorable Mention: Eric Weddle's Beard
The Ambien Award for most boring press conferences
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...*snort* Huh? What? Oh, right. Award. Here you go, Mike McCoy and your endless string of cliches.
The Revolving Door Award for worst pass protection
We have a tie in this category! Come on down to claim your rewards, D.J. Fluker and Jeromey Clary! Both had times where they seriously gaffed in protection, and at times weren't on the same page, letting a rushing come in. Fluker particularly had issues handling speed rushers, and would get burned on the outside.
The WWE Tag Tag Team Award for best wrestling move
And now on to our final award for today...
Best Vacation Destination
Where else? Omaha, the defense apparently couldn't wait to get there when playing against the Broncos.