We're at the half-way mark and here are my votes for MVP and rookie of the year (ROTY):
Offensive MVP: Frank Gore - What can be said about Frank The Tank that hasn't been said before? He's on track to finish in the top 10 in rushing yards for the third straight year in a row. His backfield and downfield blocking has been stellar too. I don't want to imagine where we'd be without him because the passing game's had its issues with Manningham and Crabtree out, so give it up for the bell cow for putting the team on his back.
Defensive MVP: Navorro Bowman - He can blitz, gut the run, and defend against the pass. Wherever the ball is, he's there. The two-time All-Pro linebacker leads the team in tackles and has sprinkled in some key sacks and forced fumbles. Even with Patrick Willis out with injuries, Bowman picked up the slack and the defense kept rolling.
Offensive ROTY: None. There just aren't any rookies starting or making a significant impact on offense right now to say, "this guy should be ROTY" but a guy that deserves honorable mention is Vance McDonald. Even though he hasn't caught very many passes, his blocking has been solid.
Defensive ROTY: Eric Reid - Easy pick. He's a smart, assignment-driven, safety and unlike his predecessor, he doesn't get flagged for bonehead plays. He plays like he's been doing this for years and when he's been tested by offenses, he's responded with big tackles and picks. Right now he's tied for most interceptions on the team.
Special Teams MVP: Andy Lee - Perhaps the most underrated player on the entire team, veteran punter Andy Lee has been in the top 10 for average yards per punt each season since 2006. He's ranked 3rd in the league right now at 48.3 yards per punt. He regularly gives our defense advantageous field position.
Honorable Mention: Anquan Boldin, Joe Staley, Vernon Davis, Justin Smith, Tramaine Brock