Simple enough. Here is who I think will be selected to the All-Pro team as starters for the 2009-2010 season. Included is one quarterback, two half-backs, one tight-end, two wide receivers, two tackles, two guards, one center, two defensive-ends, two defensive-tackles, two outside linebackers, one middle linebacker, two cornerbacks, and two safeties.
Second & Third team alternates are also included.
Plus, my picks for awards. Kapeesh? Here we go.
(Note- Pro Bowl years are the year of that regular season. So the 2008 NFL Season's Pro Bowl was in 2009, but is listed as the 2008 Pro Bowl.)
Any disagreement here, no, any arguments? Most definitely. Manning threw for over 4,000 yards for the third straight time in 2008, the ninth time in his career. Manning threw for 27 touchdowns, and only twelve interceptions. Manning completed 371 passes in 555 attempts, a 68% completion ratio.
Manning also ran for a touchdown. Sure, Drew Brees will probably have better stats than Manning, but if Manning was on the Saints, who pass 99.99999% of the time, he would have unbelievable stats. And who would you rather have in the fourth quarter when you are a down by seven? Peyton Manning.
Yes, I did consider putting Tom Brady here, but nobody knows how well he recovered from his injuries.
Alternates: Tom Brady, New England Patriots; Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
No surprise here. Is there even an argument?
Anyway, Peterson has taken the league a storm since he was drafted by the Vikings in the 2007 NFL Draft. Peterson easily won Rookie of the Year award in 2007, and was the best running back in 2008, leading the league with 1,760 yards and tying for eighth in rushing touchdowns.
It is safe to say that Ladainian Tomlinson has handed the torch to Peterson as the best back in the league. And with Brett Favre staying "retired", look for Peterson to have another great year.
Not really much of an argument here either. Turner rushed for 1,700 yards in 2008, right behind Peterson. He was also the bridesmaid in rushing touchdowns with seventeen, behind Carolina's Deangelo Williams.
With the emergence of Matt Ryan as a premier passer, and the addition of future Hall of Famer tight-end Tony Gonzales to the receiving corps to help get everybody off of receiver Roddy White, look for the Falcons to pass more and Turner to have a worse year, but you can still count on Turner to get 1,300 in 2009.
Alternates: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars; Steve Slaton, Houston Texans
Good, Fitz caught 96 balls for 1,431 yards and had twelve touchdowns. Fitz also had an amazing postseason in 2009, raking in 30 receptions for 546 yards and 7 touchdowns.
With the emergence of Tim Hightower and the drafting of Beanie Wells though, the Cardinals will probably run more in 2009, but still pass 80% of the time with Kurt Warner returning.
Fitz tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns with twelve in 2008 with Calvin Johnson. Fitz was also the best in most fantasy football league, albeit the ones that count receptions as a point. In those leagues, the top spot for wide receiver was Andre Johnson.
Who is the next player on our team. Larry was also featured on the Madden 2010 cover, so make sure you watch your back, Larry. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madden_NFL#Madden_Curse)
Johnson, one of the only bright spots on the Texans offense, had an absolutely monstrous season in 2008. As I mentioned before, Johnson was the No. 1 receiver in Fantasy Football Leagues were receptions were points.
Johnson led the league in receiving yards with 1,575, and receptions with 115, Johnson also scored eight touchdowns in 2008. Look for him to have another phenomenal year, and even if your league does not count receptions as points, consider taking Johnson before Fitzgerald.
However, with the emergence of Steve Slaton at Halfback, Houston will run the ball more often now. Johnson and Fitzgerald are just one in the same though, if your team counts receptions, take Johnson, if not, Fitzgerald.
Alternates: Randy Moss, New England Patriots; Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
You cannot say too much about Witten, he is a big target for quarterback Tony Romo, he has been to the Pro Bowl five times (2004-2008) in six seasons, he is one of the only tight ends in the business to be able to flirt with 1,000 yard seasons, and he even set the Cowboy record with fifteen straight games with a reception. Witten had 81 receptions, with 952 yards, and four touchdowns.
Alternates: Tony Gonzales, Atlanta Falcons; Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins
Thomas is quickly becoming the best tackle in the league. Selected to the Pro-Bowl his rookie season, started it in 2008, and is the person protecting Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn from injury. Lets just say that if you could pick offensive linemen for Fantasy Football, he would be the first one picked.
Alternates: Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos; Jordan Gross, Panthers
Since Hutchinson defected to Minnesota after the 2005 season, Seattle is burning, it is really burning, it isn't one of those "ouch, I touched a boiling pot of water", it is one of those were you are covered gasoline and you jump into a bonfire.
One of those.
Oh, and by the time it is all said and done, Hutchinson could be considered the best offensive guard in the history of the NFL.
Alternates: Logan Mankins, New England Patriots; Alan Faneca, New York Jets
If you can do what Gurode did in 2006, I applaud you. Has anyone ever heard of Albert Haynesworth? I thought so.
Well Haynesworth, 6"6', 350 pounds, was not getting anywhere against Gurode and the Cowboys. In the third quarter, Cowboys halfback Julius Jones scored a touchdown, Haynesworth threw Gurode to the ground, ripped off his helmet, and stomped on Gurode's head, twice.
Albeit the first one just chipped his head a little, the second was right on. Gurode had to get 30 stiches, and Haynesworth was ejected from the game and five games without pay.
Gurode still managed to make the Pro Bowl in 2006, although as an injury replacement. Gurode also started the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008.
Alternates: Nick Mangold, New York Jets; Jason Brown, St. Louis Rams
This guy can play. And no, he does not play because he is the husband of coach Tom Coughlin's daughter.
He started as right guard in the Pro Bowl last year, and he is the best linemen on the Giants team, helping Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward each rush for over 1,000 yards. That is something isn't it.
And with the loss of premier receiver Plaxico Burress, it looks like Jacobs will have to run even more in 2009, Snee's specialty.
Alternates: Shawn Andrews, Philadelphia Eagles; Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Haha, guess what, I do not care if he is not a right tackle. Do you know that not one right tackle was selected to the Pro Bowl. Not one. So, that means I choose a left tackle.
I bet the top ten left tackles would be better at right tackle than the best right tackle anyway. So that is why Long is on here.
Long had trouble with speed rushers in his rookie season, but he performed nicely down the stretch. Long will only get better as he gets older.
Alternates: Michael Roos, Tennessee Titans; Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles
The Vikings line was overshadowed by the story of defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams steroid saga. Both Pat and Kevin tested positive for a diuretic, which can be used as a masking agent for steroid use.
The diuretic though, is thought to believed to of come from a weight-loss supplement. Aleen recorded 54 tackles, 14.5 sacks, and forced three fumbles.
Allen and both Williams' made the Pro Bowl in 2008, forming one of the most dominant defensive lines in recent history. Allen also made the Pro Bowl in 2007.
Alternates: Justin Tuck, New York Giants; Ty Warren, New England Patriots
We all remember that moment, April 28th, 2006. I was supposed to be studying for my math test, but I had Sportscenter on and was watching the Top 10 Plays of the Day. Dan Patrick would come on, and he announced that the Texans and Mario Williams agreed to a contract.
I, along with every other football fan out there, was shocked. We could not speak. I am not even a Texans fan.
We would tune in the next day. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue would announce that "With the first pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select Mario Williams, North Carolina State."
That would be followed by cheers, from the Saints fans who knew that Bush would team up with Deuce McAllister and "Smash & Dash" for years to come.
RCMH was also filled with boos, the Texan fans who thought that after superstar quarterback David Carr would throw an 80-yard bomb to wide receiver Andre Johnson, Bush would take a toss and beat everybody around the corner for a touchdown. Houston fans thought Williams would be the worst bust since Ki-Jana Carter.
None of those things happened though, Bush has yet to rush for over 600 yards in any season, and Mario Williams helps anchor the Houston defensive line and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008.
Williams recorded 53 tackles, with twelve sacks, and forced four fumbles in 2008.
Alternates: Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Colts; Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers
What can you say about Albert? As I said before, he has been suspended for five games, he has been fined for slamming down Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew after a play had subsided, and the Redskins signed him to a contract paying him $100 Million in seven years, Haynesworth will earn $32 Million in the first thirteen months.
Haynesworth started both the 2007 and 2008 Pro Bowl. Haynesworth recorded 51 tackles in 2008, along with 8.5 sacks, and he forced three fumbles.
It is amazing isn't it, Williams is the fourth Viking on this slideshow. You have Adrian Peterson, the best running back in the game, you have Steve Hutchinson, who at the end of his career, maybe the best offensive guard to ever play the game, you have Jared Allen, the best defensive end in the game, and you have Williams, arguably the best defensive tackle in the game.
And yet, they lose against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first-round of the Playoffs. All because of lack of depth at one position, quarterback. The field general, the big kahuna, the chief, whatever you want to call him. They should have picked up Jeff Garcia when they had the chance.
But, I am not here to discuss the Vikings directly, back to Kevin Williams. The third and final part to that monster of what people call the Minnesota Vikings defensive line.
Williams was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2004, he had a "bad" year in 2005, which really means he was not selected to the Pro Bowl, and he has been a superstar ever since, starting each Pro Bowl in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Williams totaled 60 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and he forced a fumble in 2008.
Yeah, I do not care if he is actually a Right Outside-Linebacker, no pun to Steeler fans, but the best LOLB is LaMarr Woodley, I just cannot put him up here with a straight face.
Back to Ware, 20, that is all you need to know. Ware had 20 sacks in 2008. That is 2.5 sacks away from the record. And he is a rush linebacker, who blitzes what, maybe ten times a game. That is unbelievable.
Ware also had 84 tackles, and six forced fumbles in 2008. Ware has made the Pro Bowl a total of three times, and he started every time.
Alternates: Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals; Shawne Merriman, San Diego Chargers
Ladies and gentlemen, it has finally happened. Ray Lewis is not at the top of a list of top middle linebackers in the league. Patrick Willis from the San Francisco 49ers came and took Lewis out.
Some of you may be saying, "Who is this guy?" Well ladies and gentlemen, this athlete we call "Patrick Willis", is not all entirely human. He is a half-man, half-machine monster. Willis racked up 174 tackles in 2007. 174 tackles, and he was a rookie.
Willis racked up 141 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and one interception in 2008. He has been to two Pro Bowls in two years in the league, starting it in 2008, and he is my favorite to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
Alternates: Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens; DeMeco Ryans, Houston Texans
Suggs is just now starting to enter his prime. He has brought a whole new era in the NFL with him and DeMarcus Ware heading it. Suggs can straight up clobber players. But he is not limited to the run game.
He can drop back and cover with the best wide receivers out there.
Suggs recorded 68 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions. Suggs has been to three Pro Bowls in six years in the league.
Alternates: James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers; Joey Porter, Miami Dolphins
Hey finally, what all Raider fans have been waiting for. There time to shine.
Asomugha recorded 40 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception. This is where you pause. And you see, "and one interception", this is where you say, "He only had one interception and he is on the All-Pro Preseason list?"
Well, let me tell you something ladies and gentlemen, Asomugha only had 26 passes thrown his way. And only a few got by him. That is truly a shut-down corner.
Asomugha has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times, he played in 2006, 2007, and he started in 2008. It just gets me thinking about him and the Raiders.
The Raiders drafted him to be the heir to Charles Woodson. Asomugha is better than Chuck ever was. And think about the defensive backs the Raiders have had play for them. Mike Haynes, agruably the best defensive back ever, Lester Hayes, a truly remarkable athlete that should of been a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but since he was a Raider, the media cannot possibly do that.
And Willie Brown, who is also arguably the best defensive back of all time.
You add Chuck and Nnamdi in there, who most likely will end up in the Hall, you have the most talented defensive backs in the history of football.
Brings a tear to my eye every time I see him. Just kidding, but I still love watching Chuck. He can still play when he is not hurt.
Woodson recorded 62 tackles, three sacks, he force one fumbles, and he intercepted seven passes. He also got his first Pro Bowl nod in seven years. Now that the Bears have acquired Jay Cutler, and the Lions have no running game, the Packers will have four games were the opposing team will throw the ball more.
And more throws, means more picks, and more picks, equals another Pro Bowl. Good luck Chuck.
Alternates: Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos; Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans
Oh man, my favorite non-Raider non-ex-Raider player out there. Does Ed Reed have a magnet strapped to his chest or something. Because wherever the football goes, Ed Reed is there.
Does anyone remember watching Mr. Reed play in the postseason?
Ed Reed may not have those big hits that you see guys like Troy Polamalu and Brian Dawkins give out, but Reed is a total ballhawk. Anytime Reed gets to the ball, he is a threat to go all way anytime, every time.
Reed recorded 41 tackles in 2008, that goes along nicely with one sack, one forced fumble, and nine interceptions. Plus, he was the only unanimous pick for the All-Pro team last year.
No surprise here. Polamalu at his best is simply labeled as an "animal". He has some of the hardest hits I have ever seen, and he just gets up like they were nothing.
He recorded 73 tackles and he intercepted seven passes. He can rush the carrier, and he can cover. That is my kind of safety. He also plays downhill every play.
Polamalu has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times in six years in the league, starting all but two of them. He is also the cover for this years Madden, which is kind of good, kind of bad. Some say Brett Favre broke the Madden Curse.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madden_NFL#Madden_Curse), but he and the Jets choked at the end of the season. So maybe there is a new curse. Watch out, Troy.
I will just list statistics, Gostowski made 36 our of 40 field goal tries last year. That means he makes 90% if field goals. He had a long of 50 yards. If you haven't noticed it, Gostowski is the only Patriot on this list.
Amazing isn't it, and they are still favorites to win the Super Bowl. Gostowski was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008.
Lechler has long been the best punter for a while. He averaged almost 50 yards per punt. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008. His longest punt of the season was 70 yards, and he had 33 punts inside the 20 yard line.
Lechler also makes $3 Million a year for kicking a ball. Not bad, not bad at all.
Johnnie Lee Higgins is hands down, the best returner in the NFL. He returned three punts for touchdowns in 2008, and had a couple returns called back because of clipping/holding/being a Raider. But the sad part is, is that Higgins had more punt return yards than any Raider had receiving yards.
Simple enough. In just 33 returns in 2008, Miller ran two back for touchdowns. Easy enough. Quiet year for kick returners in 2008.
Easy enough. He won the Super Bowl in 2009. That is why he coaches. If any other coach won the Super Bowl in 2009, they would coach. No questions asked. Thanks for the read. Please Comment.
MVP- Peyton Manning
Offensive Player of the Year- Adrian Peterson
Defensive Player of the Year- Patrick Willis
Offensive Rookie of the Year- Mark Sanchez
Defensive Rookie of the Year- Aaron Curry
Coach of the Year- Bill Belichick
Super Bowl Champions- Indianapolis Colts
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