How the Big Shots Cast Their MMQB Award Ballots

To see the results from our full panel of voters, read The 2015 MMQB Awards.

THE PLAYERS 

Richard Sherman, CB, Seahawks

MVP
1. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh
2. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina
3. Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona
4. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle
5. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota

Coach of the Year
1. Ron Rivera, Carolina
2. Bruce Arians, Arizona
3. Andy Reid, Kansas City
4. Mike Zimmer, Minnesota
5. Gary Kubiak, Denver

Assistant Coach of the Year
1. Richard Mann, wide receivers coach, Pittsburgh
2. Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator, Denver
3. Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator, New England
4. Darrell Bevell, offensive coordinator, Seattle
5. Darryl Drake, wide receivers coach, Arizona<

Executive of the Year
1. John Schneider, GM, Seattle
2. John Elway, GM, Denver
3. Mike Brown, owner, Cincinnati
4. Steve Keim, GM, Arizona
5. John Dorsey, GM, Kansas City

Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. Tyler Lockett, WR/KR/PR, Seattle
2. Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis
3. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland
4. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay
5. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota

Defensive Rookie of the Year
1. Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City
2. Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo
3. Eric Kendricks, LB, Minnesota
4. Leonard Williams, DL, New York Jets
5. Delvin Breaux (first-year player), CB, New Orleans

AP Photo/Weston Kenney

Jason McCourty, CB, Titans

MVP
1. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina
2. Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona
3. Tom Brady, QB, New England
4. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle
5. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta

McCourty on Newton: “Cam Newton is this year's NFL MVP. As a player in this league, it has been a lot of fun to sit back and watch the type of year Cam Newton is having. He has developed so much with his ability to make plays from the pocket this year, and his ability to make plays in clutch moments to lead his team to victory. Their offense has faced injuries at wide receiver and he has been able to lead that group to make plays on that side of the ball. His ability to get outside of the pocket has made him the toughest quarterback to defend against this year. He has the best record in the NFL, his leading wide receiver is his tight end and he is his team’s second-leading rusher with 600-plus yards. Plain and simple, he is the 2016 NFL MVP and he's had a heck of a lot of fun carving up defenses.”

Coach of the Year
1. Ron Rivera, Carolina
2. Andy Reid, Kansas City
3. Todd Bowles, New York Jets
4. Bill Belichick, New England
5. Gary Kubiak, Denver

Assistant Coach of the Year
1. Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator, Denver
2. Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator, Cincinnati
3. Mike Shula, offensive coordinator, Carolina
4. Darrell Bevell, offensive coordinator, Seattle
5. Matt Patricia, defensive coordinator, New England

Executive of the Year
1. Dave Gettleman, GM, Carolina
2. John Elway, GM, Denver
3. Rick Spielman, GM, Minnesota
4. John Dorsey, GM, Kansas City
5. Dave Caldwell, GM, Jacksonville

Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis
2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee
3. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay
4. David Johnson, RB, Arizona
5. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland

Defensive Rookie of the Year
1. Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City
2. Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo
3. Leonard Williams, DL, New York Jets
4. Delvin Breaux (first-year player), CB, New Orleans
5. Eric Kendricks, LB, Minnesota

Geoff Schwartz, G, New York Giants

MVP 
1. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina
2. Tom Brady,
QB, New England
3. Carson Palmer,
QB, Arizona
4. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston
5. Russell Wilson,
QB, Seattle

AP Photo/Evan Pinkus
Schwartz on Newton:

Coach of the Year
1. Andy Reid, Kansas City
2. Todd Bowles, New York Jets
3. Ron Rivera, Carolina
4. Bruce Arians, Arizona
5. Jay Gruden, Washington

Assistant of the Year
1. Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator, Cincinnati
2. Bill Callahan, offensive line coach, Washington
3. Sean McDermott, defensive coordinator, Carolina
4. Mike Shula, offensive coordinator, Carolina
5. Ben McAdoo, offensive coordinator, New York Giants

Executive of the Year
1. Scot McCloughan, GM, Washington
2. Mike Maccagnan, GM, New York Jets
3. Steve Keim, GM, Arizona
4. John Dorsey, GM, Kansas City
5. Mike Brown, owner, Cincinnati

Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay
2. Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis
3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee
4. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland
5. Tyler Lockett, WR/KR/PR, Seattle

Defensive Rookie of the Year
1. Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City
2. Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo
3. Shane Ray, LB, Denver
4. Eric Kendricks, LB, Minnesota
5. Byron Jones, CB, Dallas

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THE CELEBRITY FAN

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John Legend, Musician

MVP
1. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina
He’s the best player on the best team. Most important individual of this season.
2. Carson Palmer, QB Arizona
Top QBR in the league, on the second-best team.
3. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle
Maybe it's the recency effect putting him here on the list, but he has been so important and dominant over the last half of the season.
4. Tom Brady, QB, New England
So many injuries and they're still 12-4. He and Mr. Belichick keep this team contending no matter who's around them.
5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh
I decided to throw in Antonio over Big Ben even though wide receivers never really get consideration since they just catch what is thrown to them. But I've seen him catch so many important passes for the Steelers. He's so dominant as a receiver and has made so many game-changing plays that I think he should be mentioned in this list.

Coach of the Year
1. Ron Rivera, Carolina
2. Bill Belichick, New England
So many injuries and they just keep winning.
3. Bruce Arians, Arizona
4. Mike Zimmer, Minnesota
5. Todd Bowles, New York Jets
They should be in the playoffs. They were one of the six best teams in the AFC. Either way, I think he did a remarkable job with this team that nobody expected to be good.

Assistant Coach of the Year
1.Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator, Cincinnati
He has done a remarkable job with both Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron. Of course, they have great skill players as weapons, but he clearly is a great leader for the offense with a defensive-focused head coach. He should be seriously considered by the Browns or anyone else with an opening.
2. Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator, New England
Great job with a team that has had to deal with many injuries on offense.
3. Wade Phillips, defensive coordinator, Denver
Dominant defense on the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The defense has won many games for them this year.
4. Todd Haley, offensive coordinator, Pittsburgh
He and Ben are really clicking now. Their offense looks great.
5. Romeo Crennel, defensive coordinator, Houston
That defense is the only reason they're 9-7 and in the playoffs.

Executive of the Year
1. John Elway, GM, Denver
2. Robert Kraft, owner, New England
3. Mike Brown, owner, Cincinnati
4. Steve Keim, GM, Arizona
5. John Schneider, GM, Seattle

Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay
2. Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis
3. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland
4. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee
5. Tyler Lockett, WR/KR/PR, Seattle
Really for his special teams dominance. But there's no category for that.

Defensive Rookie of the Year
1. Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City
2. Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo
3. Leonard Williams, DL, New York Jets
4. Eric Kendricks, LB, Minnesota
5. Hau'oli Kikaha, LB, New Orleans

 

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