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House Enterprise Presents: The 2023 NFL Season Awards

Welcome to the 2nd annual House Enterprise Awards for the 2023 NFL Season! Similar to last year, we collected votes from various contributors of The House, then compiled the scores and winners based on a point-rank system. This season had a lot of surprises, as did the winners for some of our awards; let's dive into this years' best players!


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Season Awards


Listed below are The House Enterprise picks for individual awards, as voted on by contributors of The House.


Comeback Player of the Year: Damar Hamlin - Safety - Buffalo Bills

Runner up: Joe Flacco - Quarterback - Cleveland Browns


Most Improved Player: Jordan Love - Quarterback - Green Bay Packers

Runner up: James Cook - Running Back - Buffalo Bills


Defensive Rookie of the Year: Will Anderson Jr - Edge Defender - Houston Texans

Runner up: Jalen Carter - Interior Defensive Lineman - Philadelphia Eagles


Offensive Rookie of the Year: Puka Nacua - Wide Receiver - Los Angeles Rams

Runner up: CJ Stroud - Quarterback - Houston Texans


Trench Tyrant of the Year: Jason Kelce - Center - Philadelphia Eagles

Runner up: Penei Sewell - Offensive Tackle - Detroit Lions


Special Teams Player of the Year: Brandon Aubrey - Kicker - Dallas Cowboys

Runner up: AJ Cole - Punter - Las Vegas Raiders


Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Garrett - Edge Defender - Cleveland Browns

Runner up: TJ Watt - Edge Defender - Pittsburgh Steelers


Offensive Player of the Year: Christian McCaffrey - Running Back - San Francisco 49ers

Runner up: Tyreek Hill - Wide Receiver - Miami Dolphins


Coach of the Year: DeMeco Ryans - Houston Texans

Runner up: Dan Campbell - Detroit Lions


Most Valuable Player: Lamar Jackson - Quarterback - Baltimore Ravens

Runner up: Christian McCaffrey - Running Back - San Francisco 49ers


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CPOY (12 votes)


Damar died, came back to life and was playing football less than a year later; that's incredible even if he didn't see the field that much. The CPOY winner is generalized as any player who faced adversity in any way, and Damar's comeback fits that mold perfectly. Some other players being considered were Joe Flacco, Breece Hall, Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson, but The House rightfully gives Damar the award.


MIP (13 votes)


Jordan Love has got better and better every game he played. From Week 8 to Week 18, he was PFF's 3rd highest graded QB, trailing only Brock Purdy and Dak Prescott. To boot, he had the youngest surrounding cast on offense, with no receiving option - outside of Aaron Jones - being older than 24. He made young stars out of Jayden Reed, Luke Musgrave, and Dontayvion Wicks, and that's a feat in it of itself.


*James Cook also received 13 votes, but Love received more first place votes*


DROY (15 votes)


Will Anderson Jr was the heart and soul of the Texans overachieving defense. The rookie ranked 6th among all rookie defenders in PFF grade at 81.8, while recording 21 combined sacks & QB hits, 30 combined TFLs and stops, 59 total pressures, and a 14.46% pressure rate. He was a menace off the edge and showed everyone why he was worthy of a top 3 pick - and why he is our DROY.


OROY (15 votes)


Puka Nacua, what a wonderful phrase. The 5th round rookie from BYU broke numerous rookie receiving marks, becoming the all-time rookie leader in receptions and receiving yards with 105 and 1,486 respectively in the process. Additionally, he had the 3rd highest PFF grade of all rookies at an 87.9 mark, while helping lift a lackluster Rams team to a playoff berth. Lastly, he ranked 8th among all wide receivers with 2.59 yards per route ran, beating out elite weapons like AJ Brown, Mike Evans, and Ja'Marr Chase.


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TTOY (17 votes)


Jason wins the award in back to back seasons, and rightfully so. The future Hall of Famer had another stellar year, allowing just 12 pressures at a 1.83% rate, and literally pushing the Eagles to 8th in the NFL with 2,190 rushing yards - with 1,031 of those yards coming in his blocking area. Whether this is the last we'll see of Jason is still up in the air, but he was, without a doubt, the best lineman in the league once again.


STPOY (16 votes)


USFL alum Brandon Aubrey went from working software engineer jobs to becoming the best kicker in the NFL this season. He was incredibly accurate as he hit 36 of 38 field goals, while going 10 of 10 from 50+ yards, and he went 49 of 52 on extra points. He also broke an NFL record by recording 99 touchback kickoffs, and had an additional kickoff fair caught, resulting in 100 non-returned kicks. He was special for the Cowboys, and made the history books.


DPOY (13 votes)


This year was incredibly close, but Myles takes home the gold. Most people look at sacks as the end-all-be-all between who is the best pass rusher, but there is more to it than that. In terms of pressures, Myles and Watt were tied at 86, but Myles had a 17.17% pressure rate, whereas Watt had a 15.61% mark. Additionally, per ESPN, Myles was double teamed at double the rate of Watt, with 29% for Myles, and 14% for Watt. Lastly, they both combined for the same amount of sacks and QB hits, at 39 a piece. If you think it's still too close to call, Myles was the highest graded defender in the entire NFL with a 93.6 grade, Watt ranked 6th with a 91.9 score. It's a tough call, but The House goes with Garrett this season.


OPOY (18 votes)


CMC went wild in his first full year as a 49er. He made the offense churn, as he totaled 2,023 total yards and 21 total TDs, all while averaging 5.97 yards a touch. He forced 65 missed tackles, generated 3.42 yards after contact, and had 44 plays go for 10+ yards, while also recording 114 first downs. He was a threat in the run and pass game, and is more than deserving of being this years' best offensive player.


COY (20 votes)


DeMeco did more than enough to secure this award on the season. He took a team that was projected to have a top-5 pick in the upcoming draft, and turned them into a playoff caliber team. He won the AFC South, had multiple rookies playing out of their minds, and brought this defense from being one of the worst to being a top-12 unit, all while using players that other teams wouldn't bat an eye to. He brought the Texans from irrelevancy to being a legitimate contender, and he takes home this award with ease.


MVP (15 votes)


Lamar Jackson is our MVP of the 2023 season. If you look at just the box score, it seems like a stretch, but Lamar was the main reason the Ravens were the best team in the NFL. He managed injuries to his receiving weapons, rushing attack, and offensive line unit, and still beat up on a lot of good teams. He went 6-2 against playoff teams, including blowout victories against the Dolphins and 49ers, both of which were playing lights out down the stretch, by a combined score of 89-38. He passed and ran the ball well, grading out at 85+ in both categories - being one of only three QBs to do so. If you put on the tape, no player was better than Lamar Jackson this season.


Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

 

All-House Team


QB: Lamar Jackson - Baltimore Ravens

HB: Christian McCaffrey - San Francisco 49ers

WR: CeeDee Lamb - Dallas Cowboys

WR: Tyreek Hill - Miami Dolphins

TE: George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers

Flex: Puka Nacua - Los Angeles Rams

LT: Trent Williams - San Francisco 49ers

LG: Tyler Smith - Dallas Cowboys

C: Jason Kelce - Philadelphia Eagles

RG: Kevin Dotson - Los Angeles Rams

RT: Penei Sewell - Detroit Lions


Edge: Myles Garrett - Cleveland Browns

Edge: TJ Watt - Pittsburgh Steelers

IDL: Aaron Donald - Los Angeles Rams

IDL: Dexter Lawrence - New York Giants

LB: Fred Warner - San Francisco 49ers

LB: Roquan Smith - Baltimore Ravens

CB: Sauce Gardner - New York Jets

CB: Jaylon Johnson - Chicago Bears

Safety: Antoine Winfield Jr - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Safety: Jessie Bates III - Atlanta Falcons

DB: Kyle Hamilton - Baltimore Ravens


K: Brandon Aubrey - Dallas Cowboys

P: AJ Cole - Las Vegas Raiders

RS: Keisean Nixon - Green Bay Packers

ST: Brenden Schooler - New England Patriots

LS: Ross Matiscik - Jacksonville Jaguars


Honorable Mentions:


QBs: Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, Brock Purdy


RBs: Breece Hall, Raheem Mostert, Kyren Williams


Receivers: AJ Brown, DJ Moore, Amon-Ra St. Brown


O-Line: Christian Darrisaw, Chris Lindstrom


D-Line: Maxx Crosby, Justin Madubike, Micah Parsons


LBs: Demario Davis, Quincy Williams


DBs: DaRon Bland, Jevon Holland, Xavier McKinney


STs: Bryan Anger, Dustin Hopkins


Photo: Jeff Nguyen/Detroit Lions

 

That's a wrap on our awards for the 2023 NFL Season! Stay tuned for my Divisional Round Preview dropping this Friday.

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