New England Patriots All Decade Team 2000s: Offense
The New England Patriots have had their best decade in history during the 2000s. This has definitely been a decade Pats fans will remember for a long time.
The Pats won their first Super Bowl Chamionship in 2001 and then went on to win another two in 2003 and 2004. They have gone on to play in the Big Game four times and have won four AFC Championships.
For a team that had been known more as a bottom feeder since their inception in the league in 1962 they have suddenly become a dynasty on par with the Packers of the '60s, the Steelers of the '70s, the 49ers of the '80s, and the Cowboys of the '90s.
With so many championships there have been so many great players to come through this team in just this past 10 years alone.
Feel free to voice your opinion if you agree or disagree and feel like somebody else should have made the list.
Left Tackle: Matt Light
Light has been a member of this Patriots team since 2001. He has done a great job protecting Tom Brady's blindside and opening up holes for running backs like Kevin Faulk and Corey Dillon.
Light made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2007 and was an All Pro Selection during the Patriots' record breaking year in 2007.
While Light seems to have possibly lost a step or two over the past couple of years he has still been a big player on the offensive line protecting Tom Brady and getting the running game going.
Right Tackle: Nick Kaczur
Kaczur has been a member of the Patriots since the 2005 season and became a starter immediately playing in 13 regular season games.
Kaczur was injured during the 2006 season and lost his job but regained it and has been the starting right tackle for the Pats since Week eight of the 2006 season.
Along with Matt Light at the other tackle he has done a great job in opening up holes for the Pats running backs.
Guard: Joe Andruzzi
Andruzzi played for the Pats from 2000 to 2004. He was a member of the Patriots three Super Bowl winning teams and was a huge part of their success.
One of his most memorable pre-game moments came during the game against the Jets in 2001 only a few weeks after September 11. Andruzzi who had three brothers who were all New York City firefighters came out holding flags in honor of them and all who passed during the attacks.
Guard: Logan Mankins
Mankins has also been a member of the Patriots since they drafted him in 2005. Since being drafted he has started all 73 games he has played for the Pats.
In his rookie year, he started all 16 regular season games being just the third rookie that year to start all 16 games.
Mankins also made Pro Bowl in 2007 and was an All-Pro selection in the same year. He will continue to be a great guard for the Pats for the next decade as well.
Center: Dan Koppen
This one was a tough decision. It was between Koppen and Damien Woody. Woody had a great career for the Pats but, in the end, I think Koppen was the better center.
Dan has played in 98 games since being drafted by the Pats and has started 97 of them. He has won two Super Bowls with the Pats and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2007.
He is regarded as one of the best centers in the NFL today and will be a member of this Pats team for a while to come.
Tight End: Daniel Graham
I had a tough time deciding on this one since the Pats have never really seemed to have a great player at tight end this decade.
Graham has been one of their better players at tight end, though. He was drafted by the Pats in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft and went on to play four seasons with the Patriots.
After getting off to a rocky start, he finished strong catching four touchdowns and 409 yards in the 2003 season. He followed that year up with seven touchdowns in the next year and was named a captain during the 2006 season.
He is no longer with the Pats but was one of the best tight ends the Pats have had recently.
Running Back: Kevin Faulk
I could have put Corey Dillon or Antowain Smith here but they didn't have quite the impact Faulk has had over this decade.
Faulk has been with the Pats his entire career and has been one of the best players on this team. He has never really been the star running back but more of the role player. He was also a member of all three Super Bowl winning teams.
He continuously makes the plays that are needed to win big games and who can't miss those elbow pads he is so recognizable for.
Wide Receiver: Troy Brown
Before Randy Moss and Wes Welker arrived Troy was the man in New England. He was the Pats' go to guy during their Super Bowl runs.
Every Pats fan will always remember his punt return for a touchdown in the 2001 AFC Championship game against the Steelers that sent the Pats to Super Bowl 36. Then he made a huge catch on the final drive of the Super Bowl helping the Patriots win their first Super Bowl title in team history.
The best part about Troy was his loyalty to the Pats. Even though he could have left to play elsewhere he decided to stay with the Pats and showed that he was a Patriot through and through. He is a member of the Patriots 50th Anniversary team.
Wide Receiver: Wes Welker
Welker joined the Pats in 2007 but has had a great career in just the three years that he has been here.
After being traded to the Pats by the Dolphins in 2007 he has had a huge impact. In his first year he tied for the league lead in catches with 112.
He is also one of the Pats best punt returners and is known for his quick feet and ability to evade tackles. Whenever Tom is looking for a receiver, Welker always finds a way to get open and will continue this for years to come.
Welker was named to the Second Team All-Pro Selection in 2007 and 2008 and was the Patriots' 12 Player Award winner in 2007.
Wide Receiver: Randy Moss
Moss joined the Pats at the same time as Wes Welker and has done an amazing job since. Randy was traded to the Pats before the 2007 season from the Raiders.
In his first year with the Pats he broke the record for receiving touchdowns with 23, a record previously held by Jerry Rice. He helped Tom Brady break the touchdown record for most TDs thrown by a QB as well.
The very next year, even with a QB that hadn't played since high school, he went over 1,000 yards and caught 11 touchdowns.
Moss is the first real deep threat the Pats have had in a long time. Troy Brown is still, in my opinion, the Pats' best wide receiver they've had but Randy has done a great job since Troy's retirement.
Quarterback: Tom Brady
This was a really tough decision. Oh, wait, no it wasn't. Tom has been the Pats' best quarterback this decade and one of the best ever in the NFL.
Since coming in for the injured Drew Bledsoe in Week Two of the 2001 NFL season, Brady hasn't looked back.
Tom has won three Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl MVP's and currently holds the record for most touchdowns in a single season, throwing for 50 in 2007.
He was named Sportsman of the year in 2005 and Male Athlete of the year in 2007. He is also the leader of the Patriots in all time touchdowns thrown.
One can only wonder what would have happened if Bledsoe hadn't been injured in the first place. Would the Pats still be where they are today?