Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer wins postseason awards


The Arizona Cardinals signal caller had quite a season and has won his first postseason awards

So it begins.  The Arizona Cardinals success on the field has started to translate into postseason accolades and awards.  Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has won Sporting News’ Comeback Player of the Year.

Palmer returned to start all 16 games in 2015 after only starting six games in 2014.  He tore his ACL in November 2014 and the Cardinals were never able to recover from the loss.

Palmer as you should be aware of by now, had a career-year behind center for the NFC West Champions.  Palmer threw 35 touchdowns and set a single-season franchise-record 4,671 yards passing.  He surpassed former Cardinals quarterback Neil Lomax.

Of course Comeback Player is a great award and recognizes a player who had a fantastic season.  However, his season was more than Comeback Player-worthy.  It was MVP-worthy.  Unfortunately he is likely to lose out on the MVP award from the NFL and most publications to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Any other season Palmer likely easily wins MVP, although I think New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might have a thing or two to say about that as well.  Palmer won another award as well on Tuesday.

Palmer was named Pro Football Focus MVP.  Interestingly, while winning the MVP, he was runner-up for Offensive Player of the Year.  That went to Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Someone will have to explain to me how you win the MVP because of offense but you don’t win Offensive Player of the Year?  For that category, Palmer was the runner-up.  Not going to argue much on that one though.  Brown did deserve the honor.