So here we are Philly fans, the Philadelphia Eagles 2021 season has finally come to an end. Ultimately, it went much better then how this entire fan base thought it would with a young coaching staff and a young team. Even with the ups and downs that happened through out this season and all the things that can possibly happen during the offseason, it is sure to keep us all intrigued.
Now, we are not going to take a stroll down memory lane, let's hand out some end of season awards for some of these Eagles' players and staff members.
Best Unit On The Team Award - Winner : Offensive Line.
There may be a common theme appear as you continue reading this article, but without a doubt the offensive line earned this award. Between veterans like Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson to the younger players like Landon Dickerson and Jordan Mailata, this offensive line was a huge reason why this season did not go completely off of the rails.
Defensive Play Of The Year - Winner : Darius Slay.
To be honest, it was a toss up in the air of who was really going to get this and it came down to Slay and Javon Hargrave and ultimately Slay had an extremely impressive year. The veteran is ranked 6th overall out of all qualifying cornerbacks in the league. Slay had 3 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and only allowed a 71.2% passer rating when targeted.
Offensive Player Of The Year - Winner : Jordan Mailta
This should come as know shock to Philly fans. Quickly becoming a favorite amongst this fan base, Mailata had an incredible season as a first-year starter at left tackle. The big Aussie was ranked 6th overall by PFF.com and had his side of the field absolutely locked down. It is absolutely incredible how far he has come as a player and it is even more so amazing that his ceiling still has not been reached.
Special Teams Player Of The Year - Winner: Jake Elliott.
The term 'Night and Day' is the exact way to describe Jake Elliott's season. After a lot of doubt from his worst season so far in his career in 2020, Elliott had an amazing bounce back year. He is currently the third best kicker in the league and was 100% on extra points and 91.7% on field goals.
Good for you Jake.
Rookie Of The Year - Winner: DeVonta Smith.
Not like this is shocking either and we are not going to spend much time on it. Smith is a special player and he will be nothing less then a great player for this team moving forward. Smith easily could've had a thousand yard season, but when the ball was in his hands he made magic happen.
Though he did not hit the 1,000 yard receiving mark, he was able to break the Eagles rookie receiving record.
Most Improved Player Of The Year - Winner: Landon Dickerson
After an extremely rough start to the season, Dickerson has become what it appears to be the full time option at left guard. Originally thought to possibly be a replacement at center, he has been more impressive week in and week out filling in at that spot and has settled in nicely. It was a gamble on drafting Dickerson, but the payout if correct would be a huge deal for this team. So far, Howie was right to make the choice.
Least Improved Player Of The Year - Winner: Jalen Reagor.
What is there left to say at this point? Reagor's talents just have not transitioned to the NFL. If you understood what this team was really looking for, on paper Jalen was the guy. He seemingly has had a worse year than his previous rookie season and shows no signs of life. Reagor is one draft pick or free agent signing away from being on the bench.
Most "UN"-Valuable Player Of The Year- Ryan Kerrigan.
I will be the first to admit, I completely got this pick wrong. I thought picking up a player of Kerrigan's reputation would ultimately be a solid depth piece for this Eagles' defense, as did most. Kerrigan recorded 17 total tackles, 6 QB hits, 5.5 sacks, 5 tackles for a loss, and one fumble recovery in the 2020 season. So, naturally one would think he would've been a solid FA pick up.
But boy oh boy, were we all wrong about this. Kerrigan in his entire 2021 season played 330 snaps. In those 330 snaps he recorded 3 total tackles, 2 QB hits, and 1 tackle for a loss. To put this into context, JJAW recorded 5 tackles this season....as a receiver on special teams. Kerrigan might go down as the worst free-agent signing in a long time.
Coach of the year - Winner: Jeff Stoutland.
Not only is Stoutland one of the best coaches on the Eagles, he might very well be the best position coach in the entire league. We have had multiple injuries through out the offensive line again this year and it almost has seemed to never miss a beat. That credit belongs to Stoutland.
Most Valuable Player Of The Year - Winner: Jason Kelce.
The heart of this team and a player who best imbodies the city of Philadelphia, Jason Kelce is a legend. Still one of the best Centers in the entire league, he is ranked 3rd overall and when he decides to hang it up, should be a Hall of Famer.