Dallas Cowboys: 2021 NFL Season Awards

January 15, 2022

The Dallas Cowboys have concluded their 2021 NFL season. It’s time to recognize the players and coaches on the team that stood out the most this year. At the end of every NFL season, individual awards are handed out around the league for several different categories. The top performers in the NFL are rewarded with individual honors. In this article, the top performers on the Cowboys will only be named for some of the same awards to the rest of the team. Here are the 2021 Dallas Cowboys Awards.

2021 Dallas Cowboys MVP, Offensive Player Of The Year And Comeback Player Of The Year: Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott put together the best all-around season of his career while leading the Cowboys to an excellent 12-5 record. They won the NFC East division title by a mile and finished third in the conference. Prescott finished the season with the best completion percentage and most touchdowns of his career. He recorded his second-best passer rating and second-most yards. He ranked in the top ten in the NFL this season in every major passing category. The Cowboys were the top-ranked offense this year in both scoring and yardage.

Prescott missed almost the entire 2020 season with a significant ankle injury requiring several repair surgeries. That makes his outstanding 2021 season even more impressive. Rather than allowing the injury to cause any regression instead, he played better than ever. He finished the season strong, throwing 13 touchdowns, the most in the NFL, and zero interceptions across his final four games. Prescott will look to carry that momentum into the NFL Playoffs.

Defensive Player Of The Year And Rookie of the Year: Micah Parsons

Micah Parsons was the best rookie on the Cowboys this season. He was also the top defensive rookie in the entire NFL. His 13 sacks ranked in the top ten in the NFL. He fell just 1.5 sacks short of the rookie record, set by Jevon “The Freak” Kearse. His numbers are even more impressive, given the situation. Parsons is only a part-time pass rusher. He also spends time in coverage and even lines up at middle linebacker. His versatility is what makes him such a special player.

Parsons can be even more dominant now that the Cowboys’ defense is fully healthy. The returns of Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory will open more pass-rushing opportunities. Even though Trevon Diggs had the most interceptions in the NFL this season, Parsons is the Cowboys’ most valuable defensive player this year.

Most Improved Player: Tony Pollard

In his third season in the NFL, Tony Pollard received an expanded role in the Cowboys’ offense. He didn’t disappoint with the extra opportunities. He helped take some of the load off Ezekiel Elliott while putting together the best season of his career by far. Pollard set new career highs in rushing yards, receptions, receiving yards, yards per touch, and first downs. Pollard leads the NFL in yards per rushing attempt of all running backs with at least 120 carries this year. His explosiveness is a vital addition to the offense.

Dallas Cowboys Coach Of The Year: Dan Quinn

No disrespect to OC Kellen Moore, but DC Dan Quinn was the coach with the biggest impact on the Cowboys this year. He was also their most crucial off-season acquisition. The Cowboys had one of the worst defenses in the NFL in the 2020 season. They have turned it into one of their strengths in the 2021 season. A big chunk of the credit can be given to the new scheme brought in by Dan Quinn. He allows the defenders to use their athleticism and aggressiveness to their advantage. This season, the Cowboys lead the NFL in forced turnovers, a crucial statistic.