Midseason awards for the surprising Seattle Seahawks

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Seahawks offensive Player of the Year – Geno Smith

The man who still hasn’t written back, Geno Smith, has taken the league by surprise. Originally, his tremendous play was sought out as a feel-good story. A veteran who was written off by pretty much everybody getting his second chance on a team only because they traded their franchise quarterback. However, people in the building knew what Geno was capable of. Seeing him for two years at practice and with 3 starts due to injury last year gave them enough confidence to hand him the keys.

Well, this feel-good story is starting to turn into a legitimate MVP bid. What hasn’t Geno done well this year? Week after week, he helps his team win in whatever way he needs to. The completion percentage is certainly impressive. Moreover, his willingness to be coached and his willingness to stand in the pocket and deliver darts to keep drives alive has been spectacular. The passer rating speaks for itself.

Defensive Player of the Year – Uchenna Nwosu 

In the offseason when the Seahawks signed Uchenna Nwosu, it was considered a good move given the value they got him at. But, halfway through the year, it looks like an absolute steal. Signing a 2 year, $20 million contract with Seattle, Uchenna has been one of the big reasons for this tremendous defensive turnaround. He ranks near the top of the league in sacks and pressures. His relentless pursuit has helped others on this defensive line get some too.

It is worth noting that Jordyn Brooks, Tariq Woolen and Ryan Neal got some consideration for this award. However, Uchenna has been consistently good all season long. Right from the jump in Week 1, he set the tone up front. He is well on his way to a pro bowl season and has made the transition to a 3-4 scheme way easier. He is one of the many speedy, athletic defenders flying all over the field making plays on the ball.