We now know that New York Giants Running Back Saquon Barkley has won the NFL Rookie Of the Year award. He beat out Cleveland Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield. Both players had great rookie seasons. Both players broke at least 1 record. Both players had amazing numbers, not only for a rookie, but in general. However, only 1 of these players directly accounted for more WINS for his team, and it wasn’t the player who won. If they are both close in impressive numbers, which they were, if they are both record breakers, which they were, the tie-breaker should be who accounted for more wins. Baker got screwed out of this award. Let’s not forget that he walked onto the field and took a team that was 0-16 the year before, dealt with a mid-season coaching change, and still damn near led his time to the playoffs.
The Giants had 5 wins this season. In 2 of those 5 wins Barkley was the “player of the game,” meaning he was the most direct contributor to the win column. In the win versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he had 27 carries for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with a touchdown catch. When NY took down the Washington Redskins Barkley finished with 14 carries for 170 yards and a touchdown. In the other 3 wins there was another player who far exceeded what Saquon did for the W. Against the Houston Texans, Eli Manning went 25-29 for 297 yards, 3 TD’s, and 0 INTs. Vs the San Francisco 49ers Eli again went 19-31 for 188 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 INTs. Last, but not least Odell was the leader for the Giants win in OT vs the Chicago Bears. Beckham had 1 touchdown catch and 1 touchdown throw.
Now to the Cleveland Browns and the TRUE Rookie Of the Year Baker Mayfield. The Browns had 7 wins this season. In 6 of those 7 wins Baker was the “player of the game,” in which he was the most direct contributor to the team’s win column. The game against the New York Jets, the game that ended the losing streak, the Browns were losing when Baker took the field for the first time and led the comeback. He went 17-23 for 201 yards. It was like a light switch went on with the entire team, the entire franchise, the entire fanbase. You could feel it whether you were a fan or not. The OT win against the Baltimore Ravens saw Mayfield finish with 25-43 for 342 yards and a touchdown. We move to the win against the Atlanta Falcons were he was 17-20 for 216 and 3 touchdowns. Next up is a W against the Cincinnati Bengals where Baker was 19-26 for 258 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry was the guy in the win against the Carolina Panthers as he had a rushing touchdown and caught a TD pass as well. Baker is back as the main contributor against the Denver Broncos going 18-31 for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns in that win for Cleveland. Last, but not least again he faces the Bengals and shows out with a 27-37 day that saw him throw for 284 yards and 3 more TD’s.
So tell me again how the RB who had really good numbers, broke some records, but was mainly responsible for only 2 wins beat out a Quarterback who had really good numbers, broke some records, but who was mainly responsible for 6 wins and just missed the playoffs….The wrong guy won, and I don’t even think it should have been that close.