Flacco is deserving, yet he got hot late in the year and in the playoffs. Boldin was a player who took over games this year in the regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.
Defensive MVP: SS Bernard Pollard
Pollard laid some big hits this year and he made opposing teams fear going over the middle. When Ray Lewis was out, Pollard set the tone for this defense.
Special Teams MVP: Ties goes to rookie K Justin Tucker and KR Jacoby Jones.
Rookie of the Year: OL Osemele Kelechi a.k.a. “KO”
You can easily give this award to rookie RB Bernard Peirce, but it starts up front. KO moved from right tackle to left guard without a hitch. He was fantastic down the stretch in some huge games.
Unsung Hero: CB Corey Graham
Talk about stepping up, Graham came up big time after corner Webb went down with an injury.
Most Improved: OLB Paul Kruger
After some labeled Kruger a ‘bust,’ he was the single best pass rusher for the team this year. He vastly improved from last year getting after the QB and setting the edge. Honorable mention: TE Dennis Pitta & WR Torrey Smith
Biggest Disappointment: DT Terrence Cody.
The Ravens nose tackle had a consistent season last year, but he found himself on the bench way too much this year. He can improve and should be motivated this off-season.
. All due respect to Joe Flacco, but without Ray Rice, this season goes nowhere fast. As fans we tend to have short memories, but none of us should forget the struggles Joe had at times this season, and the many instances Ray bailed him out.
. He was only active for about half the season, but his presence in the defense helped a floundering unit find its feet and regroup. He may not have had the biggest impact, or played the best, but he was certainly the most valuable.
Special Teams MVP:
. Tucker was great but Jacoby Jones consistently put his team in position to succeed. That’s all you can ever ask for.
Rookie of the Year:
Coming into this season, Tucker had the weight of the fanbase upon his shoulders. He not only rose to the occasion, but he thrived under the pressure.
Birk’s play was dependable and solid throughout the entire season. He really rebounded from the struggles of 2011 and showed what a good center can do for this offensive line.
He elevated his play during the last quarter of the season and forced himself into the national spotlight, and likely, a lucrative contract.
Tie: Terrence Cody and Jimmy Smith. Both have failed to live up to expectations early in their careers as Ravens.
OFFENSIVE MVP: Ray Rice
If Flacco doesn’t emerge in the playoffs the Ravens don’t win the Super Bowl but if Ray Rice doesn’t convert on 4th and 29 in San Diego then maybe Baltimore doesn’t even make it to the second season. I’m sure the Ravens hope that Flacco will show more of his playoff self during the regular seasons to come.
DEFENSIVE MVP: Bernard Pollard
This unit was beset with injuries all season long and seemed to have lost the swagger of past groups. Don’t blame any of that on Pollard who was thumper from th eback line that led the team in Tackles with 98.
SPECIAL TEAMS MVP: Jacoby Jones
The speedster was always a threat to take one to the endzone.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Justin Tucker
A fantastic season for the Texas grad. I think the Ravens have found their kicker for many years to come.
UNSUNG HERO: Marshal Yanda
When he didn’t play the offensive line performed on a different level and that’s not a good thing.
MOST IMPROVED: Paul Kruger
It took him longer than people expected but he’s going to bank a huge contract in another city in 2013.
MOST DISAPPOINTING: Terrence Cody
Mount Cody has turned into a molehill.