All-NFC East Offense
Here is my All-NFC East Offensive team: the best players at each position in the NFC East, arguably the toughest conference in the NFL.
There were certainly some difficult choices. Fullback was especially tough, since I think highly of both Madison Hedgecock and Mike Sellers. Receiver is the only position where I think the NFC East is average when compared to the rest of the NFL. The East has many top five players at tight end, quarterback, running back, and pretty much the entire offensive line.
Tomorrow, I will do the defense.
Quarterback: Donovan McNabb
In terms of track record, leadership, and skills, McNabb wins. He has the ability to avoid the pass rush and can really make things happen with his arm and legs when the play breaks down.
His accuracy can be streaky, but he has been able to move the ball efficiently on offense without the best receivers, a problem that should be solved this year.
His arm strength is unmatched in this division. Whether you look at statistics, division titles, or head-to-head matchups with other quarterbacks in the division, McNabb wins hands down.
Honorable Mention: Eli Manning
Running Back: Clinton Portis
This is a tough one, and I am sure fans of each team will defend their guy. But when he's healthy, Clinton Portis is capable of carrying an offense.
He may not have the raw power of Marion Barber or Brandon Jacobs (though he's close) or the versatility and home run ability of Brian Westbrook (though he's certainly a multi-dimensional big play threat), but he is the most well rounded of all the running backs in the division and has the best track record.
Like Westbrook, injuries have been the only thing holding Portis back.
Honorable Mention: Marion Barber, Brandon Jacobs, and Brian Westbrook
Fullback: Madison Hedgecock
Hedgecock blocked for two 1000-yard backs last year. Leonard Weaver is more versatile, but does not have as long of a track record. Mike Sellers also garners consideration, but I'll give Hedgecock the slight edge.
Honorable Mention: Mike Sellers
Wide Receiver 1: Roy Williams
While he doesn't have the NFC East domination yet, Williams is the most talented receiver of the bunch, and has been to a Pro Bowl.
Wide Receiver 2: Santana Moss
Possessing great speed and game-breaking ability, Santana Moss gets the nod over DeSean Jackson for a longer track record and consistency.
Honorable Mention: DeSean Jackson
Tight End: Jason Witten
He has put up prolific numbers and shows no signs of slowing down. In terms of athleticism, pass-catching ability, and blocking, Witten offers the total package at tight end.
Honorable Mention: Chris Cooley
Left Tackle: Jason Peters
Peters has been called by the some "the best left tackle in football". While this is debatable, his talent is not. At 340 lbs, Peters, a former tight end, has the athleticism of an elite pass blocker, the size and strength of a tough run blocker, and a mean streak that should be enhanced by his recent payday.
Honorable Mention: Flozell Adams
Left Guard: Todd Herremans
Todd Herremans has quietly improved each year, and is poised for a Pro Bowl run in 2009.
Honorable Mention: Rich Seubert, who has a long track record but is now 30.
Center: Shaun O'Hara
Quite simply, O'Hara is the best center in football. Multiple Pro Bowl selections back this up.
Honorable mention: Jamaal Jackson
Right Guard: Chris Snee
Chris Snee is another stalwart on the Giants line. Again, Snee is one of the top players at his position in the NFL, not just the NFC East.
Honorable Mention: Randy Thomas
Right Tackle: Shawn Andrews
Here we have a two-time Pro Bowler who is finally healthy and moving to his preferred position. Oh, and he's only 26.
Honorable Mention: Marc Colombo, Dallas Cowboys