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Studs & Duds

This is from a survey of all the blog writers at SBN.  Rivers wasn't an option for offensive stud, I wrote him in but must have been alone.  Here were the final results courtesy of the Big Blue Shoe:

The 2008 regular season has come and gone. With it, we've seen some amazing games and some tremendous individual performances. We've also seen some teams and players stink up the league. At the mid-season point, just after the election, we did our annual Mid-Season Studs and Duds awards. To give you an indication of just how fluid an NFL season can be, not one stud player or coach who received a mid-season award was given an overall regular season award. For the duds, only one player (Jets rookie Vernon Gholston) retained his "I Suck" award from the mid-point.

This is what makes the NFL great!

Below are the selections for the awards, voted on by our SB Nation football bloggers. The percentage of the vote they received is next to their name. We also added a new category (Was Once a Dud, Now a Stud) which works as our "Comeback Player of the Year" award. So, without further delay, here our SB Nation's 2008 NFL Regular Season Studs and Duds:


The Studs

NFL MVP (tie): Peyton Manning, Colts (35%) and Chad Pennington, Dolphins (35%)

Best Player on Offense: Drew Brees, Saints (33.3%)

Best Player on Defense: James Harrison, Steelers (41.7%)

Best Rookie: Matt Ryan, Falcons (78%)

Best Coach: Tony Sporano, Dolphins (44%)



The Newly Studly

Was Once a Dud, Now a Stud: Chad Pennington, Dolphins (50%)



The Duds

Regular Season Worst Player: Braylon Edwards, Browns (40%)

Regular Season Worst Rookie: Vernon Gholston, Jets (72%)

Regular Season Worst Coach: Romeo Crennel, Browns (35%) and Rod Marinelli, Lions (35%)



Some notables from the voting: