The folks at Pro Football Focus published their annual postseason awards on Thursday, and among the handful of players recognized were two prominent members of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes earned PFF's "Most Valuable Player" award this year after leading the NFL in passing yards (5,250) and passing touchdowns (41) among a number of other offensive metrics. Here's what analyst Sam Monson wrote about Mahomes:
"The MVP race has been a battle all season long, but there has been one constant. First, it was Josh Allen versus Patrick Mahomes. Then, it was Tua Tagovailoa versus Mahomes, Jalen Hurts versus Mahomes or even Joe Burrow versus Mahomes. But when one name is constant all the way through the season, that guy is the MVP. Mahomes led the best offense in the NFL after having arguably the best receiver in the game removed from the team in the offseason. He sports a 91.3 PFF grade on the season and passed for 8.1 yards per attempt while making the kind of plays only he can."
Mahomes was also the recipient of PFF's "Dwight Stephenson Award," which recognizes the league's best player regardless of position. Here's what Monson wrote about Mahomes' second accolade:
"Often, PFF's Stephenson Award — given to the best player in the NFL regardless of position — allows us to fix what's wrong with MVP, focusing on how good a player is, not how valuable. This year, it is one and the same. Patrick Mahomes playing at his best is the best player in the league as well as the most valuable. Other players at other positions ran him close, but Mahomes is as deserving of this award as he is the MVP."
PFF awarded a handful of superlatives focused on specific skills as well, including "Best Passer," which Mahomes also won. Monson explained the selection in his analysis:
"There are a lot of ways to measure passing performance. No matter which you choose, Patrick Mahomes is rivaling any quarterback in the league. Whether it's pure volume (more than 500 yards more than anyone else this season), efficiency (8.1 yards per attempt), tape-based play-by-play analysis (91.3 PFF grade) or the sheer creativity of his throws, Mahomes is there with the best in the league. He boasts the best composite skill set of any quarterback in football right now, and maybe of all time."
On the other side of the ball, defensive lineman Chris Jones earned PFF's "Defensive Player of the Year" award. Jones was simply tremendous this past season, matching a career-best with 15.5 sacks, but his advanced metrics were also off the charts. Here's what Monson had to say about Jones:
"While all of the focus has been on the three elite edge rusher seasons, Chris Jones has been every bit as good as an interior force. With 77 total pressures, Jones tallied 14 more than any other interior pass rusher, and he even had snaps where he kicked out to rush around tackles from a true edge alignment at well north of 300 pounds. With Aaron Donald getting hurt this season, Jones was the best and most consistent interior pass rusher, and he beats out the three elite edge rushers getting all of the attention."
Jones earned an additional superlative, too, winning "Best Pass Rusher" honors:
"Like Defensive Player of the Year, all of the focus will go to the edge rushers, but Chris Jones was every bit their equal from an interior alignment, where he was a true game-wrecker all season long for Kansas City. Jones tallied the most pressures (77) and the best pass-rush win rate (20.2%) of any interior rusher, with not a single one of his pressures being unblocked. He also had a massive 41 pass-rushing wins that didn't get a chance to become pressure because the ball was thrown before it could."
Both Mahomes and Jones were instrumental in Kansas City's 14-3 campaign, and with the Divisional Round right around the corner, they'll each aim to maintain their stellar seasons deep into the playoffs.
For a look at the entire list of awards, click here.