Oakland Raiders 2015 Team MVP Awards


Brendan Walker
Pro Football Spot writers and analysts took matters into their own hands and voted on which players were the MVPs on both the offense and defensive sides for the 2015 football season. | Photo Credit: NFL.com

Offensive Player of the Year: Derek Carr

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Passing Yards: 3,987
  • Completion Percentage: 61.1% (350/573)
  • Touchdowns: 32
  • Interceptions: 13
  • Passer Rating: 91.1

 

“Sophomore slump? Derek Carr’s never heard of it. With the help of weapons Amari Cooper, Latavius Murray, Michael Crabtree and even Marcel Reece, all of whom could have also built a legitimate case for the Offensive MVP nod, he amassed an impressive 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns through the air – all while maintaining an average 91.1 passer rating and throwing only thirteen picks. The outstanding second-year performance was good enough to secure Carr a trip to Hawaii, and the man himself will be good enough to secure Oakland’s relevance in a competitive AFC West (home to the defending Super Bowl 50 champions) for years to come. In fact, with Peyton Manning’s retirement now made official, Carr may very well be the best signal-caller in the division.”

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack

  • Position: Defensive End
  • Solo Tackles: 57
  • Assisted Tackles: 20
  • Sacks: 15
  • Forced Fumbles: 2
  • Passes Defended: 2

 

“The torch has officially been passed. Ball-hawking Charles Woodson remains the legend, but Khalil Mack is undoubtedly the Raiders’ future. An infinitesimal few could have edged out the future Hall of Famer in his Pro Bowl-worthy, final season; 77 total tackles, 15 sacks (five of which came solely in an outing against Denver), 12 stuffs, a couple of forced fumbles and a pair of passes defensed, however, are impossible to ignore. So spectacular was the 25-year-old, he could have earned Oakland’s Defensive MVP crown twice. Just ask the AP – in addition to affirming Mack’s dominance at the outside linebacker position, they also named him of the league’s premiere defensive ends. Scarier still? If Mack even approaches the sort of improvement which carried him from his first year to the second, he’ll be in contention for much more than recognition within his own team.” 

---Vanessa de Beaumont (@VanessadeBeau)

 

The Oakland Raiders finished the regular season with a 7-9 record and will have the 14th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Brendan Walker is an NFL Analyst for Pro Football Spot. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @b_dog_walker


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Amari Cooper should be like a "1 A. or Co-MVP". But as you stated, all make an interesting case.  72 receptions, 1070 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns. Carr had an excellent season but for Cooper to be first rookie in Raider history to reach a 1000 yards and to be the first one since Randy Moss as well as a Pro Bowl...... that's astounding. Then again perhaps I'm being biased because I had him on all three of my fantasy teams.

 
 
 
 
 
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Can't be surprised by these picks. Both had great seasons, both have bright futures. Is Murray a viable long term guy take some heat off Carr and the passing game?

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On 3/9/2016 at 11:05 AM, Jonathan Rodriguez said:

Amari Cooper should be like a "1 A. or Co-MVP". But as you stated, all make an interesting case.  72 receptions, 1070 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns. Carr had an excellent season but for Cooper to be first rookie in Raider history to reach a 1000 yards and to be the first one since Randy Moss as well as a Pro Bowl...... that's astounding. Then again perhaps I'm being biased because I had him on all three of my fantasy teams.

 
 
 
 
 

Cooper would've been the easy choice if not for a foot injury hampering him the final weeks of the season.

 

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4 hours ago, Jamey Burky said:

Can't be surprised by these picks. Both had great seasons, both have bright futures. Is Murray a viable long term guy take some heat off Carr and the passing game?

Murray hit a 1,000 yards and a pro bowl spot.  The Raiders needs another back though to compliment him.

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Nice article. Carr seems to get better and better as he gains more experience. Mack is going to be an absolute beast for a long time. It wouldn't surprise me at all if the Raiders win the AFC West in 2016. 

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On 3/8/2016 at 11:05 AM, Jonathan Rodriguez said:

Amari Cooper should be like a "1 A. or Co-MVP". But as you stated, all make an interesting case.  72 receptions, 1070 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns. Carr had an excellent season but for Cooper to be first rookie in Raider history to reach a 1000 yards and to be the first one since Randy Moss as well as a Pro Bowl...... that's astounding. Then again perhaps I'm being biased because I had him on all three of my fantasy teams.

 
 
 
 
 

Definitely make a good point. Cooper was just as advertised right away, so I have to agree with you. But I have to say, Derek Carr over the last two years has undergone a crazy transformation since he left college. Wouldn't be surprised to see a league MVP on his mantle one day, the way he's heading.

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Mack is an absolute stud.

One thing that perennial winning teams have is one key pass-rusher that requires two guys to block him...and Mack is that guy (sometimes two guys isn't enough either).

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