Offensive POY: QB Carson Palmer, ARI
Season Stats: 4,671 yds, 35 tds, 11 ints, 63.7 cmp%, 104.6 rat
If Palmer doesn’t get MVP, then he’s most likely going to be honored as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. The 36-year-old quarterback enjoyed the best statistical season of his 12-year career in 2015, as he lead Arizona to a 13-3 record and an NFC West title.
Though, there are other players who put up more impressive offensive numbers like Julio Jones and Antonio Brown–both of whom finished the season with an NFL-record 136 catches–perhaps no player in the NFL did it as consistently as Palmer.
With the exception of last night’s debacle against Seattle, Palmer has finished every game this season with a completion percentage of at least 60.0% and a rating of at least 80 (he had 11 games with a rating over 100).
Palmer’s performance this season was similar to Newton’s in that something just clicked. It remains unclear what clicked in Cam’s head to turn him into an MVP candidate, but for Palmer it was probably Bruce Arian’s downfield passing attack and his roster full of receiving threats that did the job.
The veteran quarterback simply looked more comfortable, poised, and accurate this past season than any of his other 11 seasons in this league.
Runner Up: WR Antonio Brown, PITT