Introducing The 2009 All-NFC East Team

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Introducing The 2009 All-NFC East Team
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Much like the NFC South, this division is also very loaded with talent and potential future stars.

However, after learning my lesson in doing my All-NFC South team, I have decided that I will not settle for a tie at any position and trim down the honorable mention lineup.

Yes, I'll probably receive some backlash. But here now is the All-NFC East lineup:

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia- He plays better when he has adversity, but he may be more dangerous with the weapons he now has.

Running Back: Brandon Jacobs, New York- A running back who's built like a defensive end (6'4", 264 pounds), Jacobs scored 15 touchdowns in 13 games last season.

Fullback: Mike Sellers, Washington- Like Jacobs, he has the physique of a defensive lineman (6'3", 280 pounds). Made his first pro bowl last season. He's also a good special teamer.

Wide Receiver: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia- After impressive rookie year, he could be even more dangerous with Jeremy Maclin in the lineup.

Wide Receiver: Steve Smith, New York- Unless they make a last minute deal, expect Smith to be the Giants new go-to-guy at receiver.

Tight End: Jason Witten, Dallas- The best tight end in the NFL not named Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates.

Left Tackle: Chris Samuels, Washington- He's had injuries and he's getting older, but he's still valuable to the Redskins

Left Guard: Todd Herremans, Philadelphia- Had his best season last year. Former fourth round selection is emerging into a pro bowl caliber guard.

Center: Andre Gurode, Dallas- Not only one of the strengths of the Cowboys offensive line, he's a pro bowl regular.

Right Guard: Leonard Davis, Dallas- You want to call this massive 6'6", 353 pound man a disappointment now? He's made back-to-back pro bowls since returning to his homestate.

Right Tackle: Kareem McKenzie, New York- Better in 2008 than in 2007, despite back issues.

DEFENSE

Defensive End: Trent Cole, Philadelphia- He has nearly 30 sacks in the last three seasons. One of the reasons why Philadelphia got 34.5 sacks from their line in 2008.

Defensive End: Justin Tuck, New York- An emerging star after a 12 sack season. He also had three forced fumbles and one interception returned for a touchdown.

Defensive Tackle: Mike Patterson, Philadelphia- He uses his small 5'11", 290 pound frame to his advantage. Gets low leverage on opposing linemen and helps snuff out running backs.

Defensive Tackle: Albert Haynesworth, Washington- Not only is he expected to change the Redskin line, he's expected to change the defense completely.

Outside Linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Dallas- Sack totals improve each year for him (eight, 11, 14, and 20 last year). Another sack improvement could mean he'll break Michael Strahan's record of 22.5 sacks.

Outside Linebacker: Chris Gocong, Philadelphia- Former college defensive end was one of the reasons why the Eagles ranked fourth against the run.

Inside Linebacker: London Fletcher, Washington- He puts up pro bowl numbers and he never misses a game.

Cornerback: Asante Samuel, Philadelphia- Ball-hawking corner had six picks last year. He then added two in the postseason.

Cornerback: Sheldon Brown, Philadelphia- He had just one interception, but he's one of the best at stopping the run from his corner position.

Free Safety: LaRon Landry, Washington- Its his third season now, time for him to become the 'Skins top secondary playmaker.

Strong Safety: Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia- He excels against the run and pass. He'll likely become the new leader of the Eagles secondary with Brian Dawkins being gone.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter: Jeff Feagles, New York- Even at age 42, Feagles is quite possibly the best punter in the NFC.

Kicker: Nick Folk, Dallas- In just three years, he's become one of the league's most reliable kickers.

Return Man: Felix Jones, Dallas- If he's healthy, second-year man will be a game-breaker on returns.

Specialist: Rock Cartwright, Washington- Small running back has carved out a good niche as a special teamer.

HONORABLE MENTION

Eli Manning, Quarterback, New York- We'll see if he makes good use of his receiving core without Plaxico Burress.

Tony Romo, Quarterback, Dallas- Puts up great numbers, but its December and January where it matters the most. Has a 5-10 career mark in those months.

Clinton Portis, Running Back, Washington- Could have been a 2,000 yard back if it weren't for a hamstring injury.

Chris Cooley, Tight End, Washington- Even with just one touchdown last season, he's still the best Redskin tight end in decades.

Chris Snee, Right Guard, New York- Finally got some much needed pro bowl recognition after five great years for the G-Men.

Derrick Dockery, Left Guard, Washington- Flopped in Buffalo, he's happy to be back in Washington.

Jason Peters, Left Tackle, Philadelphia- Like Dockery, he also is a former Bill. If he cuts down on the 11.5 sacks he allowed last season, He'll recapture pro bowl form.

Jay Ratliff, Nose Tackle, Dallas- The lone headliner of the Cowboys defensive line. Has gone from seventh round selection to the pro bowl.

Osi Umenyiora, Defensive End, New York- If he's fully recovered from his knee injury, He and Tuck will become every offensive tackle and quarterback's worst nightmare.

Brodrick Bunkley, Defensive Tackle, Philadelphia- He was looking like a first round bust early on, but he and Patterson have helped form a fierce tackle tandem.

Brian Westbrook, Running Back, Philadelphia- How much does 30 year old have left? Like McNabb, he should benefit from having some offensive weapons to help keep him fresh. 

Madison Hedgecock, Fullback, New York- An impressive blocker and good receiver, Hedgecock should soon be a pro bowler.

TOP ROOKIES:

Offense

Jeremy Maclin, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia- Explosive playmaker at Missouri should be used in a variety of ways for Philly.

Defense

Brian Orakpo, Defensive End, Washington- He has versatility, intelligence, and he brings a much needed pass rush to the nation's capital.

COACHES

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin, New York- Super Bowl title and NFC East crown in the past two seasons make him the cream of the NFC East crop.

Offensive Assistant: Jason Garrett, Dallas- He's probably the coach-in-waiting for the Cowboys

Defensive Assistant: Jim Johnson, Philadelphia- He's coached a lot of great Eagle defenses, but last year's unit had to rank as one of his best all-time.

Special Teams Coach: Ted Daisher, Philadelphia- Its his first year with the Eagles, but look who he has returning the football: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Ellis Hobbs.

 

 

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