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Saints have Brees poised for MVP season

Saints have Brees poised for MVP season
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"Aren't you the moron who once picked JJ Arrington to win rookie of the year? You make me sick!"

But there are those, especially from the great state of Texas, who thank me for my bold prediction of DeMeco Ryans as rookie of the year.

As they said in Bull Durham, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes, it rains."

I couldn't agree more.

Here are Schein's preseason award selections for 2008.

MVP — Saints QB Drew Brees

Remember the key word in this award — valuable. Drew Brees defines value. There won't be a player in this league who means more to his team from a leadership and execution perspective.

Brees will put up the numbers to win this award. He tossed for 4,423 yards last year. But this season, having Jeremy Shockey and Robert Meachem at his disposal, the number will go up. He is a lock to throw for at least 30 touchdowns. Brees' surgeon like precision will make a gigantic difference in the New Orleans win total and the flow of the offense. Last season, Brees threw 18 picks. That number will be much less this year.

Other candidates: Donovan McNabb, Tom Brady, Tony Romo, LaDainian Tomlinson.

Offensive Player of the Year — Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson

You can call me captain obvious for this one. For the record, I try to find non-quarterbacks for this award. But I think Tomlinson is going to have an extra-special season, even by his own standards. And he will have obstacles with legit injuries to his star tight end, quarterback, and key offensive linemen.

You can bank on at least 1,600 rush yards. I think we are also looking at 20 rushing touchdowns, 60 catches, and countless breathtaking moments.

Other candidates: Terrell Owens, Brian Westbrook, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson.

Defensive Player of the Year — Texans DE Mario Williams

In the second half of last season, Williams was as lethal as any defensive player of the year. He totaled 14 sacks in 2007. Ten of those sacks came after the bye week in the final seven games. Additionally, Williams is a great all-around end who can stuff the run. By all accounts, he had a sensational offseason program and is primed to truly take over like the Texans envisioned when they plucked him number 1 overall instead of Reggie Bush in the draft 3 years ago.

Other candidates: Lofa Tatupu, DeMeco Ryans, Antonio Cromartie, Champ Bailey, David Harris.

Coach of the Year — Packers Coach Mike McCarthy

I hope voters remember what they thought of the Packers preseason when Michael J. McCarthy expertly guides Green Bay to the playoffs this season. McCarthy's even hand, no-nonsense approach, no matter the circumstance (win, lose, Brett Favre holding the organization hostage), was the main reason the Packers were so successful last year. Aaron Rodgers will be very successful in McCarthy's system.

Other candidates: Dick Jauron, Andy Reid, Mike Shanahan, Bill Belichick, Wade Phillips.

Offensive Rookie of the Year — Broncos OT Ryan Clady

Okay. I know it's basically impossible for a tackle to win Rookie of the Year. But I truly believe Clady is going to have a Joe Thomas-like impact on the Denver offensive line, which was a bit of a turnstile last year. Mike Shanahan told me this preseason, "I don't want to put him in the Hall of Fame based on mini-camp and preseason, but I could." Quarterback Jay Cutler called him the, "best tackle I've had in Denver." Clady fits in perfectly with the Broncos' system.

Other candidates: Eddie Royal, Kevin Smith, Matt Forte, Jonathan Stewart.

Defensive Rookie of the Year — Giants S Kenny Phillips

Phillips can flat-out punch you in the mouth. The hard hitter from 'The U' has impressed the Giants brass and his new teammates with his run stuffing capabilities and his knack for making plays. Like fellow Miami alumnus Ed Reed, Phillips is a diligent studier of game film.

Other candidates: Jerod Mayo, Leodis McKelvin, Sedrick Ellis, Glenn Dorsey.

Comeback Player of the Year — Colts WR Marvin Harrison

Last year was the worst in the career of the future Hall of Famer. An unhealthy Harrison only played in five games, catching only 20 passes and one touchdown. He looked old and slow in the playoff loss to the Chargers, when he had a crucial early fumble killing positive momentum. Before last year, Harrison had eight straight seasons of well over 1,000 receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns. In talking to both Indy coach Tony Dungy and team president Bill Polian over the last two weeks, they both say that Marvin is pain free and moving like the old Marvin, not a Harrison who's getting old. That's news I can use. I expect a major bounce back season.

Other candidates: Ricky Williams, Marcus Stroud, Chad Pennington.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 2, 2008

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