Introducing The 2009 All-NFC East Team

Lorenzo ReynaCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2009

IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 20:  DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys lines up on the right side of the defense during their NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at Texas Stadium on December 20, 2008 in Irving, Texas. The Ravens defeated the Cowboys 33-24. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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.