The NFC East featured one legitimate MVP candidate, two of top eight quarterbacks in the league, and five pro-bowlers. Even with the plethora of talent the division had, it lost more games than it won and only one team finished with more wins than loses. With players ranging from Eli Manning to Nick Foles, the NFC East has it all.
LeSean McCoy led the NFL in rushing and all-purpose yards, and was the Eagles’ top weapon on the offensive side of the ball. McCoy had seven 100 plus rushing yard games, four 50 plus receiving yard games, and eleven 115 plus all-purpose yard games. LeSean McCoy was simply magical this season and deserves heavy MVP consideration.
Foles was the NFL’s highest rated passer, with a passer rating of 119.2, and was the biggest reason the Eagles found themselves atop the division at year’s end even after their poor start. Foles posted unreal numbers, throwing 27 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions and throwing for over 2800 yards in just 10 starts.
Rolle was one of the only defensive bright spots from the NFC East in 2013. The captain of the division’s best defense compiled 98 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 6 interceptions. Rolle also received the Thurman Munson award, which is awarded for not only great performance on the field, but great philanthropic work off the field as well.
Dan Bailey made 28 out of his 30 field goals this season, and had the 4th best make percentage in the NFL. Bailey improved his career long to 53 yards and knocked in a career high six 50 plus yarders on the season. Dan Bailey was always there for the Cowboys in crunch time and is earning a reputation as one of the most consistent clutch kickers in football.
The Cowboys were heavily criticized for taking Frederick in the first round of the draft, but as soon as the season got under way Frederick quickly quieted the criticism with his dominant play. Frederick helped improve Dallas’ offensive line drastically and was a big reason why DeMarco Murray led all active rushers in rushing yards per attempt. The Cowboys have found their center of the future.
Thomas tore his ACL for the third time in the 2012 preseason and missed the entire 2012 campaign. Thomas refused to give up on his career and became one of only two NFL players to play in an NFL game after three ACL tears. Thomas was awarded the NFC defensive player of the week in week eight of this season, only a year after he suffered his third ACL tear. In Thomas’ comeback season he produced 67 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception.
With very little competition here, Chip Kelly wins this category by a landslide. Kelly took the NFL by the storm with his up tempo offense and led the Eagles to a 10-6 season, which is especially impressive considering the Eagles finished 4-12 under Andy Reid just a season ago. Chip Kelly and the Eagles have a very bright future in front of them.
RGIII documented his comeback and even created the slogan, “all in for week one”, in anticipation of a glorious comeback season. RGIII’s documentary and popular t-shirt slogan became meaningless quickly as RGIII was clearly not himself at any point during the season. RGIII regressed in almost every significant category in the 2013 campaign and if his on field performance wasn’t bad enough, he also caused sideline drama on a week to week basis. RGIII and the Redskins will have a new coach next year and RGII will have another shot to prove he is still capable of his rookie year dominance.
Dez Bryant is as electrifying of a player as you will ever see, whether it’s his sideline passion or his unbelievable circus catches, he is captivating beyond belief. Bryant finished with 93 catches, 1233 receiving yards, and 13 touchdown catches. Bryant’s impressive stat line earned him his first trip to the pro bowl. Bryant is one of the few receivers in the league that a defense plans around, and with that said he is still able to put up gaudy stats while routinely making catches over two people. Bryant will continue to be a force in the NFL no matter how much attention he warrants from the defense, and he will continue to make his weekly appearances on SportsCenter’s top 10 and NFL’s catches of the week.