Now that the 2013 season has come and gone for the New York Jets (8-8) it is time to hand out some team awards.
Offense MVP: OC Marty Mornhinweg. The Jets offensive coordinator had his hands full in 2013 as he was installing a new system with a rookie quarterback, two new offensive lineman (including a rookie), and a revolving door at the wr/te positions due to injuries. Mornhinweg came up with creative game plans that maximized his resources while dealing with Geno Smith’s learning curve. Honorable mention: QB Geno Smith, RB Chris Ivory
Biggest surprise on offense: WR David Nelson (36 catches, 423 yards, 2 tds) Nelson was signed by the Jets on October 2nd as the team was in desperate need of receiving help. David instantly provided Gang Green with a veteran presence and emerged as a leader towards season’s end. Nelson was a ferocious blocker and repeatedly fought for yards after the catch.
Defense MVP: DE Muhammad Wilkerson (10.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 int) Wilkerson had a true breakout year in 2013 as he was a dominating force that had to be accounted for at all times. Muhammad is quickly becoming one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Honorable mention: DT Sheldon Richardson, LB David Harris
Biggest surprise on defense: DT Damon Harrison (66 tackles, 1 sack) Harrison was a disruptive presence on a defensive line that emerged as one of the league’s best in 2013. Honorable mention: DT Leger Douzable, S Antonio Allen
Special teams MVP: K Nick Folk (33/36) Folk had an incredible season which should have resulted in a Pro-Bowl appearance.
Team MVP: Rex Ryan (8-8) The New York Jets entered the 2013 season as a team in transition with significant changes made to the coaching staff and the roster. Ryan worked with three new coordinators, a rookie quarterback, and at least 10 new starters. The team experienced highs and lows throughout the season but their passion and effort was never questioned. This may have been the best coaching job of Rex’s career. Honorable mention: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, K Nick Folk