I figured I’d end the week on a happier note than some of the other categories. No better way to do that than with some love for Phil Dawson.
Punter probably couldn’t have been much closer. The Browns have undoubtedly had some pretty good (and oft-used) punters since 1999. Dave Zastudil probably got the nod because he is also a local boy. Gardocki will forever be known as the first “Punter-As-Team-MVP” punchline for the “new” Browns.
Dennis Northcutt could certainly make a claim based on stats, but he was never going to overcome the impossibly popular Josh Cribbs in a fan poll. And really, you can’t say Cribbs isn’t deserving of the honor.
Kick returner wasn’t close and shouldn’t have been close.
Stay tuned for next week when we start to get into defense and eventually quarterback.