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MeetJoeGreene
01-13-2009, 05:32 PM
Let the debating begin....

http://www.cbssports.com/spin/story/11251483


With 90 percent of the decade now in the books, I think it's time to unveil the NFL's All- Decade Team. If we waited until the end of next season, when the Aughts are technically over, we'd have to compete with dozens of other publications. But by going to press now, we can rightly claim those guys are copying us.

Besides, how much is really going to change in one year? Even if Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers win the Super Bowl this year and next, Pittsburgh will not be the team of the decade, and Roethlisberger won't be one of the two best quarterbacks since 2000. Meanwhile, Adrian Petersen could rush for 3,400 yards next season and he still won't make this team. And neither will Brandon Marshall or Drew Brees or Jared Allen or anyone currently playing for the Cardinals, Falcons, Bills, Panthers, Lions, Jaguars, Dolphins, Texans, Saints, Browns or Niners.

No, we've got standards here, and sustained excellence (for at least 90 percent of the Aughts) was needed to make this squad.

In compiling this team, I roughly followed the template set by the NFL's All-1990s team, with a few added wrinkles. Namely, I didn't spend a lot of time researching the best offensive linemen, since those guys typically get elected to Pro Bowls based solely on reputation and often earn repeated nods even after they're retired or dead. If you tell me Steve Hutchinson is overrated and doesn't deserve his place on this team, well, I ain't gonna argue with you, because I don't argue about offensive linemen and neither should you.

Team of the Decade: New England Patriots. As a Steelers fan, it pains me to admit that, but the Patriots won three Super Bowls since 2000 and completed the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history. To date, no other team has even won two titles this decade, and even if the Steelers were to win these last two, the Patriots were the most consistently great franchise. That said, couldn't Tom Brady have landed a better-looking supermodel? Great body, but the face of my uncle.

Coach of the Decade: Bill Belichick. If you haven't checked it out already, The Education of a Coach by the late David Halberstam is a must-read for NFL fans. It's a bit repetitive in parts, but it's still interesting to see how a coach can became a soulless, cheating, win-obsessed automaton. By the way, did you see Belichick hamming it up at the BCS Championship Game? I'm guessing Ecstasy, though perhaps ketamine.

Player of the Decade: Peyton Manning. And no, not because of his commercials, though they are consistently sublime. Manning has won one Super Bowl and three Most Valuable Player awards since 2000. Moreover, he didn't blow out his knee in Game 1 of the 2008 season and watch his backup (who hadn't started a game since high school) come in and lead his team to 11 wins.

Defensive Player of the Decade: Ray Lewis. It's not easy for a Steelers fan to give props to anyone on the Ravens, but I've always loved Ray-Ray's game, even though his pregame dance is obviously lifted from Napoleon Dynamite. Since 2000, Lewis has twice been named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and he still moves pretty well for a fat guy.

All-Aught Decade Team

Offense


Peyton took the Player of the Decade award here, but Tom Brady could have an argument. (Getty Images)
Wide receiver: Randy Moss

Wide receiver: Marvin Harrison

Wide receiver: Terrell Owens

Wide receiver: Chad Johnson

Tight end: Tony Gonzalez

Tight end: Antonio Gates

Tackle: Jonathan Ogden

Tackle: Walter Jones

Tackle: Orlando Pace

Tackle: Willie Anderson

Guard: Alan Faneca

Guard: Steve Hutchinson

Guard: Will Shields

Guard: Larry Allen

Center: Kevin Mawae

Center: Tom Nalen

Quarterback: Peyton Manning

Quarterback: Tom Brady

Running Back: LaDainian Tomlinson

Running Back: Priest Holmes

Running Back: Clinton Portis

Running Back: Shaun Alexander

Comments: I know Edgerrin James has 12,121 career rushing yards, which is 11th all time, while Priest Holmes only had three great years. But Holmes was a three-time All-Pro after 2000, while Edge's lone All-Pro season was in 1999, his rookie year. Besides, how cool of a name is Priest Holmes?

By the way, aren't we looking forward to the Hall of Fame votes for Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson? Three self-absorbed yahoos and one guy with a taste for antique guns? I wish all four were retired already.

For his part, Larry Allen is the only holdover from the NFL's All-1990s team. I thought he retired well before 2007. Turns out he was simply playing in San Francisco.

Defense


There's hardly a doubt that someone on the Ravens defense was the best in the decade. But is it Lewis or Reed? (Getty Images)
End: Jason Taylor

End: Michael Strahan

End: Richard Seymour

End: Dwight Freeney

Tackle: Casey Hampton

Tackle: Warren Sapp

Tackle: La'Roi Glover

Tackle: Kris Jenkins

Linebacker: Ray Lewis

Linebacker: Derrick Brooks

Linebacker: Brian Urlacher

Linebacker: Zach Thomas

Cornerback: Charles Woodson

Cornerback: Champ Bailey

Cornerback: Asante Samuel

Cornerback: Chris McAlister

Safety: Ed Reed

Safety: Troy Polamalu

Safety: Rodney Harrison

Safety: Brian Dawkins

Comments: Tough to leave Julius Peppers off this team, but he conveniently turned in a career year this season (his walk year), so he's docked for failing my sniff test.

Earlier this year I compared Charles Woodson's rather disappointing career to Winona Ryder's, and Raiders and Packers fans offered to make me a eunuch. I never said Woodson wasn't a great player; I just said he'd never delivered on the early promise of his career because he never went topless. Whatever, Woodson made the Pro Bowl again this year and might make it to Canton after all.

Specialists

Punter: Shane Lechler

Punter: Jeff Feagles

Kicker: Adam Vinatieri

Kicker: Mike Vanderjagt

Punt returner: Devin Hester

Punt returner: Dante Hall

Kick returner: Devin Hester

Kick returner: Dante Hall

Coach: Bill Belichick

Coach: Tony Dungy

Comments: In Ray Guy and Shane Lechler, the Raiders might have the two best punters in league history, a tidbit you won't find listed in their game-day media notes.

Iron Shiek
01-13-2009, 05:47 PM
Im glad he wants sustained excellence, yet Priest Holmes is in there for 3 great years. He even admits it in the commentary. I don't know how you can put Holmes in there. So I'm trying to rack my brain for another better option, but I guess the guy he mentioned, Edge would be it. And since he's done it longer in this decade, he would get my nod.

Interesting the lack of Steelers defensive players...especially LBers. Porter has been a force all decade, and still doing it, unlike Zach Thomas who has basically fell off the map.
Porter or Abraham seem to me to warrant more consideration than Thomas.

And how is Jason Taylor not on there.

Jom112
01-13-2009, 05:57 PM
Im glad he wants sustained excellence, yet Priest Holmes is in there for 3 great years. He even admits it in the commentary. I don't know how you can put Holmes in there. So I'm trying to rack my brain for another better option, but I guess the guy he mentioned, Edge would be it. And since he's done it longer in this decade, he would get my nod.

Interesting the lack of Steelers defensive players...especially LBers. Porter has been a force all decade, and still doing it, unlike Zach Thomas who has basically fell off the map.
Porter or Abraham seem to me to warrant more consideration than Thomas.

And how is Jason Taylor not on there.

Taylor is on there. His name is just hidden above Strahan's.

Also :Beer for Willie Anderson making it. Good to see him get the props he deserves...

Chadman
01-13-2009, 07:28 PM
Not to claim to be any kind of expert, but SURELY Edge, Shaun Alexander & even Tiki Barber have some claim to be ahead of Priest Holmes?

And Torry Holt over Chad Johnson.

D Rock
01-13-2009, 08:10 PM
that was a crappy list/article

that guy has no real writing ability and apparently even less NFL knowledge

SteelerOfDeVille
01-13-2009, 08:21 PM
Let the debating begin....
i'm a master debater....

Seriously, you would think they'd hvae an all decade team AFTER the decade is over, not while it's still going on.. Let's finish the '09 season. Guys like Roethlisberger may find a way in there.

I like Portis, but, I'd include Edge before him. Including Priest opens the door for Marshall Faulk, who had 20+ TDs in 2000 and 2001, league MVP in 2000.

I've always thought charles woodson was overrated...

The coaches are debateable - but, if you throw out the cheating, Belicheck did lead in Super Bowls... And while I'm not especially a Dungy fan, he did set a record for consecutive 12-win seasons during the decade. I could see the case for both coaches.

Jom112
01-13-2009, 08:26 PM
Not to claim to be any kind of expert, but SURELY Edge, Shaun Alexander & even Tiki Barber have some claim to be ahead of Priest Holmes?

And Torry Holt over Chad Johnson.

Holt over Chad.

Edge over Holmes

John Lynch over Polamalu (At the end of the decade this could change if Polamalu stays healthy)

Mel Blount's G
01-13-2009, 08:45 PM
Hines Ward over all those receivers :Steel

mshifko
01-13-2009, 09:08 PM
how is bussie not on that list? honestly...

Jom112
01-13-2009, 09:28 PM
Also why are no FB's on the team?

Lorenzo Neal? Tony Richardson? Mike Alstott?