Offensive Player of the Year: Carson Palmer

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Passing Yards: 4,671
  • Completion Percentage: 63.7% (342/537)
  • Touchdowns: 35
  • Interceptions: 11
  • Passer Rating: 104.6


“In November 2014 Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL in his left knee — the second major knee injury in his career. But the veteran quarterback never doubted his ability to return. He was dedicated to come back as an even better quarterback in 2015. Stronger. Both physically and mentally. And he achieved it. Carson Palmer could not rely on a lot of pass protection behind his offensive line last season, but this knowledge that he probably would get hit a lot did not derail him. All season long he proved to be quick, very decisive and accurate in throwing the football. Also in his shots over 20 yards or more, he kept proving great strength and accuracy. Thanks to his abilities, the Cardinals became better on all fronts. A big threat from their passing play in turn established a very dangerous running game as well. Because of this the Cardinals had their best regular season ever. Carson Palmer now owns the franchise single-season record for passing TDs. Obviously the big loss against the Panthers in the NFC Championship Game was a big blow for the Cardinals and Palmer. But again, willing to learn from this setback, Palmer has no doubt that he and the Cardinals will return stronger next season.”

—Robert Kroesbergen (@rkroesbergen)


Defensive Player of the Year: Tyrann Mathieu 

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Solo Tackles: 80
  • Assisted Tackles: 9
  • Sacks: 1
  • Forced Fumbles: 1
  • Interceptions: 5
  • Passes Defended: 17
  • Touchdowns: 1


“Tyrann Mathieu finally put together the season Cardinals fans have been waiting to see since Arizona drafted him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In his first two seasons, Mathieu struggled to make an impact playing safety. In 2015, the Honey Badger made the move to cornerback and had more of an impact for this defense than any other player. Operating primarily as the nickel corner, Mathieu recorded five interceptions, including one which resulted in a touchdown. Rated as the league’s second-best corner by Pro Football Focus, Mathieu’s consistent impact set the identity of this playmaking defense. In addition to his team-high six forced turnovers, the former LSU Tiger recorded the third-most tackles for the Cardinals. After cementing his role as Arizona’s interior corner, Mathieu may have reinvented a position, the same way slot receivers on the other side of the ball have done in the past.”

—Chris Lehman (@ChrisBreezy91)


The Arizona Cardinals finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and will have the 29th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.