Bryan Daball, Doug Pederson and Kyle Shanahan have been named finalists for The Associated Press’ 2022 NFL Coaches of the Year.

The winner will be announced on February 9 at NFL Honors. His nationwide panel of 50 media members, who regularly cover the league, completed a vote before the start of the playoffs.

Dabor led the New York Giants to a 9-7-1 record in his first season as head coach. Pederson led the Jacksonville Jaguars to his 9-8 record and in his first year with the team he won the AFC South title. Shanahan led the San Francisco 49ers to a 13-4 record, including a 5-0 win against third-string rookie QB Brock Purdy.

Purdy, Seattle Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III and New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson are the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year finalists.

Purdy, the last player selected in the draft, stepped in after injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo. Helped the Niners reach the NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia.

Walker led all rookies with 1,050 rushing yards and nine TDs. Wilson led all rookies with 83 catches and 1,103 receiving yards.

Jets cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Seahawks cornerback Tarik Uhlen are finalists for the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, 49ers defensive coordinator Demeko Ryans and Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen are AP Assistant Coaches of the Year finalists.

This was the first year of AP’s new voting system. Voters chose the top 5 MVPs and the top 3 for all other awards. For MVP, 1st place was worth his 10 points. Votes for 2nd through 5th place were worth 5, 3, 2, and 1 points.

For all other awards, 1st place was worth 5 votes, 2nd place was 3 votes, and 3rd place was 1 vote.


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