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Breaking down the Arizona Cardinals end of the year awards

We review our end of the year awards series for the Cardinals by examining the voting results.


Another year, another Cardinals season wrap-up in the books. We handed out a total of six awards this year for all of the Cardinals players including: offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year, rookie of the year, most improved player, most disappointing player and most surprising player.

The results are as follows...

For offensive player of the year, 39% of you voted for Kevin Kolb, while 25% of you tabbed Larry Fitzgerald as their pick. I think Kolb was a good pick simply because the offensive was awful this season and the only time it looked even decent was when Kolb was at quarterback.

Defensive player of the year voting went to Daryl Washington by a large margin. The third-year linebacker out of TCU garnered 74% of the votes, with Patrick Peterson in a distant second at 16%. You really can't go wrong or argue with this pick.

Rookie of the year was an interesting one because none of the rookies were as dynamic as Patrick Peterson was the season before. Still, after the bye week, Bobby Massie was absolutely solid at right tackle. That is why he won the voting with 53% of the vote. Justin Bethel came in second with 24%.

The most improved player of the Cardinals, according to the voters, was tight end Rob Housler. Under tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens, Housler saw a dramatic improvement in his sophomore season. Kerry Rhodes came in second with 20% of the vote.

Winding down, the most surprising player was Nate Potter, who had 36% of the vote. Anytime you put a rookie, seventh-round selected left tackle in the game, disaster can be expected. That wasn't the case with Potter. He held his own and may even push for a starting job next season.

Finally, the most disappointing player was by far John Skelton. How he ever even got the starting nod over Kolb at the beginning of the season is beyond me. I guess that's why Ken Whisenhunt is no longer the head coach of the Cardinals.

Thanks to everyone who participated in these posts by voting in the various polls. Hopefully next season yields more positive results.

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