Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Dec 2008

Ryan Named Offensive Rookie of the Year

Well, duh.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 30 Dec 2008

17 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2009, 1:40pm by noahpoah


by coboney :: Tue, 12/30/2008 - 5:42pm


This was a slam dunk of a pick that no one could get wrong. Ryan has had a great year and has been a key part in rebuilding Atlanta.

Suprised that Flacco got no votes though.

by Chris (not verified) :: Tue, 12/30/2008 - 5:57pm

What are the odds of Davone Bess being better than Ted Ginn? Is it possible Bess plays better because he gets to play the slot where as the 1st round pick has to play the outside? Maybe if their roles were reversed it wouldn't even be in question.

Ryan Clady and Chris Johnson had strong years. Chris Horton for the deadskins had a pretty solid year for being one of the last guys picked in the 7th round. Desean Jackson played better than I thought a rookie WR in the Eagles offense would have played. Felix Jones was good while he lasted. Mayo for the pats played hard. Dwight Lowery for the Jets was a solid pick up.

by Sergio :: Tue, 12/30/2008 - 8:00pm

Bess is a great catcher, and runs crisp routes, but he's nowhere near the physical specimen that Ted Ginn Jr. is.

So to answer your question, yeah, he might be better than Ginn. j/k

-- Go Phins!

by Wong (not verified) :: Tue, 12/30/2008 - 6:01pm

Peter King: "This is as much of a racial breakthrough as Obama's election."

by socctty (not verified) :: Wed, 12/31/2008 - 12:38am

It either says a lot about me, or Peter King, that I can't tell if you're joking or not.

by Mystyc :: Tue, 12/30/2008 - 6:35pm

It's a real testament to the rookie class this year that this wasn't unanimous.

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Tue, 12/30/2008 - 9:24pm

I know its easier for a RB or WR to enter the league with an NFL-ready skillset. Not as many rookies start at other positions as they do at HB. But in 42 years the award has only gone to 3 positions - HB (31) WR (7) QB (4).

Towing the TMQ line, but past voter bias takes away from the award's credability.

by tuluse :: Wed, 12/31/2008 - 4:26am

Tackles get shafted a bit, but other than that the voters are generally right. Even if a rookie center is playing a like an all-pro, his impact on the team is less than a good running back. Also, I bet there's been less than 5 tackles in that time worthy of winning.

by Theo :: Wed, 12/31/2008 - 9:47am

Offensive POTY:
Defensive POTY:
OROTY: Matt Ryan
DROTY: Jerod Mayo
Comeback player:

by Theo :: Wed, 12/31/2008 - 9:55am

What I think...

Offensive POTY: Kurt Warner
Defensive POTY: Ed Reed
Coach: Ken Whisenhunt or Tony Sparano
OROTY: Matt Ryan
DROTY: Jerod Mayo
MVP: Ed Reed
Comeback player: (whoever came back from a major injury)

by johnnyxel :: Wed, 12/31/2008 - 11:05am

Comeback player: Jake Delhomme (or possibly Ronnie Brown)

by Chris (not verified) :: Wed, 12/31/2008 - 12:10pm

OPOTY = Drew Brees
DPOTY = Demarcus Ware
MVP = Peyton Manning
OROY = Matt Ryan
DROY = Mayo
Head coach = Tony Sporano
Come back player = Delhomme

by Mr Shush :: Wed, 12/31/2008 - 6:12pm

I agree with Chris about everything except Coach (Belichick) and comeback player (Bryant).

by taxistan :: Thu, 01/01/2009 - 3:26am

Wonderful for Matt Ryan, but he should be MVP.


Some players may have had better years and been more valuable to their team then Matty Ice, but it's tough to name more then two or three. Matty Ice changed a league negative situation [Vick and Patrino] into a positive. He was not only the most valuable player of his own team, he was the most valuable player for the whole NFL!

by noahpoah :: Fri, 01/02/2009 - 1:37pm

Just another case of East Coast Media Bias.

by noahpoah :: Fri, 01/02/2009 - 1:37pm

Just another case of East Coast Media Bias.

by noahpoah :: Fri, 01/02/2009 - 1:40pm