The NFL's All Decade Defensive Team: 2000-2009

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The NFL's All Decade Defensive Team: 2000-2009

The following is the definitive defensive team of the decade for the years 2000-2009.

The defense was much more difficult to choose than the offense because there are so many deserving players and statistics are not as helpful in evaluating the impact of a player on the game.

For example, a shut down cornerback does not get many interceptions because nobody wants to throw the ball his way and a stout defensive tackle doesn’t get credit for the havoc he wreaks allowing other players to get to the quarterback or ball carrier.

In other cases I name just one set of starters if those making the cut are deemed to be clearly better than their counterparts.

I only use statistics where needed when players are fairly close and it helps differentiate between contenders for key spots.

Fact checking was done using the following:, 2009 NFL Record and Fact Book,, and

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