Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) talks in the huddle during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
I know that we have only played in 7 games, but we are coming off of the BYE week and this is the best time to write about the mid-season awards. Let’s review the “first half” of the season.
Team MVP: Philip Rivers
Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) takes the field before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
I don’t know who else you can list as the Team MVP of this team. Philip Rivers has done everything that is needed in order to make this team a contender. Philip is having one of the best seasons of his career. Without Philip Rivers on this team, we would be struggling to keep things together. He already has thrown for 2,132 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
Offensive Player of the Year: Danny Woodhead
Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) runs in open field in the second quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
This award was a toss-up. It came down to Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead and I had to give props to the little man. He has been a huge boost on offense and has helped Philip get his groove back. He has been huge for the team’s success on 3rd down and has been huge for Philip. He already has 40 receptions this season to match a career high for 314 yards. He has scored 4 touchdowns this year also.
Defensive Player of the Year: Jarret Johnson
Aug 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs the ball in the first half of a preseason game against San Diego Chargers line backer Jarret Johnson (96) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
This was one of the tougher awards to give out. Johnson has not participated in the last couple of games, but he has been a force off of the edge when he has been able to play this season. In his second season with the Chargers, he has 3 sacks and 40 tackles in 5 games. Hopefully he can be healthy for the rest of the season.
Rookie of the Year: DJ Fluker
Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (76) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
It came down to D.J. Fluker and Keenan Allen, but I had to give the award to Fluker. He has contributed for the whole season, while Allen received his opportunity toward the back end of the first half. Both have been super productive and have helped the team turn things around.