Rams DT Donald named Defensive Player of the Year


Again, not to discredit the work McVay did in 2017, but where within those two successful individual seasons is there reasonable logic for a THIRTY-THREE vote seperation?

McVay is the fourth Rams head coach to win the league award behind Dick Vermeil (1999), Chuck Knock (1973), and George Allen (1967).

McVay repeatedly called Coach of the Year "the ultimate team award" and said, "I think tonight is a great representation of our organization".

"It's humbling and it's flattering", McVay said of the award, before pointing out that he "looks up to" the other guys who were on the list. And Sean McVay was named Coach of the Year after leading the Rams to an 11-5 record and a division title as a 31-year-old rookie head coach.

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Sure, the Rams were proud of what they accomplished - particularly as the 2017 team became the first in league history to have the Associated Press' Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year. Donald had team highs in sacks (11.0), quarterback hits (27) and forced fumbles (5). They were coming off a 4-12 showing in their highly anticipated return to L.A., suffering their 10th consecutive losing season.

Kamara's teammate, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, was named Defensive Rookie of the Year, giving New Orleans a clean sweep of the first-year player awards.

Gurley joined Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk (1999, 2000, 2001) and Eric Dickerson (1986) as the Rams to win Offensive Player of the Year. Becoming the fifth defensive tackle to win AP Defensive Player of the Year since 1982 - when the sack became an official stat - should only increase Donald's price further. He was the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year. His six receiving touchdowns led all running backs. When he left school, Gurley was Georgia's second all-time leading rusher, but he has since been surpassed by Sony Michel and Nick Chubb who will join Gurley in the National Football League next season. The two-time Pro Bowler accumulated a league-high 2,093 scrimmage and 19 total touchdowns.

The night began with Aaron Donald winning Defensive Player of the Year, followed by Todd Gurley taking home Offensive Player of the Year.