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ATG: Best Offensive and Defensive NFL Player of the Year


SBQnflLogoATG stands for Ask The Geeks. I posed 7 questions to all of our writers a couple of weeks ago and below are the 6 different writers who answered some of the questions I posed to them as the NFL season is coming to a close during Super Bowl week. But first here are the writers who made up our NFL panel.

1 Joshua Watford-Josh Watford is a sports writer and radio personality based out of Atlanta, GA. Josh covers boxing and Atlanta Braves baseball for Cleat Geeks, and he is a radio personality for The Fan Zone.

2 Zach Brunner-I am a college student studying sports management and coaching for my degree, and play in too many fantasy leagues some may say. I love talking sports and fantasy! I write articles on both football and fantasy football.

3 Clyde Dawkins–  I’m a huge fan of sports, especially hockey. My favorite teams are the New York Yankees, the Colorado Avalanche, the Chicago Bulls, the Green Bay Packers, and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. I’m also a wrestling fan, especially women’s wrestling, WWE and TNA.

4 Mike Hetzel– I am a BGSU student and a fan of all Cleveland sports. I have always had a passion for sports as long as I can remember. Lately I have had a passion for writing sports articles. I write articles for on the Cleveland Browns.

5 Cody Marsee– Bachelors in Kinesiology with a Sports Management Emphasis. Sports enthusiast with a Cincinnati Emphasis. Long time Cincinnati Bengals & Reds fan from the tri-state area, now living in Colts Country. Collector of sports cards & memorabilia.

6 Brett Casella– 2014 college graduate with a business degree. Lifelong fan of the NFL, also played football for thirteen years. ICFF All-American Defensive End. Decent writer.

Antonio-BrownBest offensive player has to be the Steelers’ Antonio Brown. He continues to rack up receptions and yards and TDs, and he has become the Steelers most important player. His absence due to injury in the Divisional Playoff was definitely felt.

Best defensive player should go to the Broncos’ Aqib Talib. Many say the Broncos defense led the way this whole season, and if that’s the case, Talib had to be the centerpiece; acquiring many takeaways for the team. 3

Cam Newton did things not only with his arms, but also with his feet. Reggie Nelson, the Bengals & NFL leader in INTs for most of the year. 5nelson-reggie-art

OPOY: Antonio Brown. In a year where the best running back in the NFL only played less than six full games, Antonio Brown’s historical production kept the Steelers offense as one of the league’s best. Despite playing without his quarterback for 4½ games, Brown finished with 136 catches, 1,834 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Had he played with Ben for a full season, those numbers project to 158-2,132-13.

KuechlyDPOY: It’s hard not to vote Aaron Donald here, but I have to give this award to Luke Kuechly. Once again, Carolina’s defense was elite. And once again, Luke Kuechly was a primary reason for it. Luke finished with 118 tackles, despite missing 3½ games and was equally as dominant in pass defense. When targeted in the passing game, Kuechly allowed a 57.8 passer rating. The average linebacker? 102.5. In fact, PFF graded him has the best coverage defender this year, PERIOD. That includes guys like Sherman, Norman, and Patrick Peterson. 6

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