The Bleacher Report All-Decade Team : NFL
Hopefully most of you have caught an installment or two of my All-Decade positional rankings for the decade that was in the NFL. Basically I broke down every position into a top 10 or 15 listing, now we will put it all together into a 53 man roster and include my special team selections.
The minimum requirement to make the rankings was 64 starts or four full seasons. All appropriate stats and post season honors were taken into account as well as the players general impact on the decade.
Each slide will be accompanied by the link to the original positional rankings. So without further ado here is my All-Decade roster. As always, please feel free to comment whether you agree or disagree.
PLEASE REMEMBER....This list is only about 2000-2009, what these players did in the 90's doesn't matter here.
Kicker - Adam Vinatieri - Mr. Clutch has four rings and was a two-time All-Pro this decade.
Punter - Shane Lechler - Al Davis loves a great punter and he found a great one in Lechler. He is #1 all-time in yards per punt and is a five-time All-Pro.
Returner - Devin Hester - Was as dynamic a returner as I think we have ever seen. Seems playing WR has hurt him in this category, but no one has matched what he did in his first two seasons.
Grunt - Brendon Ayanbadejo - There were lots of good options here. Kassim Osgood and Larry Izzo were finalists. But Brendan has been to three Pro Bowls and has helped on all six ST units.
1. Champ Bailey - Nine time Pro Bowler
2. Charles Woodson - Four Pro Bowls, 2009 DPOTY
3. Ronde Barber - Five Pro Bowls, three-time All-Pro
4. Ty Law - Four-time Pro Bowler this decade
5. Nnamdi Asomugha - Two Pro Bowls
Complete CB list and stats :
1. Brian Dawkins - Seven Pro Bowls, four first team All-Pro selections
2. Ed Reed - Six Pro Bowls, 2004 DPOTY
3. Troy Polamalu - Five pro Bowls, two All-Pro selections
4. Darren Sharper - Five Pro Bowls
Complete safety rankings and stats :
1. Derrick Brooks - Eight Pro Bowls, four-time All-Pro
2. Joey Porter - Four Pro Bowls, most sacks by a linebacker in the decade
3. Julian Peterson - Five Pro Bowls
4. DeMarcus Ware - Four Pro Bowls, three-time All-Pro
For the complete OLB stats and rankings :
1. Ray Lewis - Eight Pro Bowls, 2 DPOTY awards
2. Brian Urlacher - Six Pro Bowls, 2005 DPOTY
3. Zach Thomas - Six pro Bowls, four-time All-Pro
4. London Fletcher - 982 tackles, 160 starts
For complete ILB stats and rankings :
Defensive Ends :
1. Jason Taylor - Six Pro Bowls, 2006 DPOTY
2. Dwight Freeney - Five Pro Bowls, three-time All-Pro
3. Julius Peppers - Five pro Bowls, two-time All-Pro
4. Michael Strahan - Four Pro Bowls, two-time All-Pro
For complete DE stats and Rankings :
Defensive Tackles :
1. Kevin Williams - Five Pro Bowls, five-time All-Pro
2. LaRoi Glover - Five Pro Bowls, 17 sacks in 2000
3. Warren Sapp - Four Pro Bowls, one All-Pro
4. Casey Hampton - Five pro Bowls, two Rings
For full DT stats and rankings :
1. Walter Jones - Eight Pro Bowls, four-time All-Pro
2. Jonathan Ogden - Eight Pro Bowls, three-time All-Pro
3. Willie Roaf - Five Pro Bowls in six seasons
4. Orlando Pace - Six Pro Bowls, two-time All-Pro
Complete tackle listing : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/356697-the-top-ten-offensive-tackles-of-the-past-decade
1. Alan Faneca - Nine Pro Bowls, six-time All-Pro
2. Steve Hutchinson - Seven Pro Bowls, five-time All-Pro
3. Will Shields - Seven Pro Bowls, two-time All-Pro
Complete Guard list : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/362549-the-best-guards-in-the-nfl-2000-2009#page/1
1, Kevin Mawae - Six Pro Bowls, two-time All-Pro
2. Olin Kreutz - Six Pro Bowls, All-Pro in 2006
Complete center list : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/359876-the-top-10-centers-in-the-nfl-2000-2009#page/1
1. Tony Gonzalez - Nine Pro Bowls, four-time All-Pro
2. Antonio Gates - Six Pro Bowls, three-time All-Pro
3. Jason Witten - Six Pro Bowls, 2007 All-Pro
Complete TE stats and ranking :
1. Randy Moss - 777 catches, 120 TDs
2. Torry Holt - 868 catches, 68 TDs
3. Terrell Owens - 784 catches, 114 TDs
4. Hines Ward - 819 catches, 72 TDs
5. Marvin Harrison - 791 catches, 95 TDs
Complete WR rankings and stats : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/353742-the-top-15-wide-receivers-of-the-decade#page/1
1. Ladainian Tomlinson - 158 TDs, 2006 MVP
2. Edgerrin James - 10,693 yds rushing, 74 TDs
3. Tiki Barber - 13,441 total yards, 58 TDs
Fullback - Lorenzo Neal - Four Pro Bowls, two-time All-Pro
Complete Running Back lists and stats : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/350106-top-15-running-backs-of-the-decade
1. Peyton Manning - Nine Pro Bowls, five-time All-Pro, four-time MVP
2. Tom Brady - Five Pro Bowls, 2007 MVP, two-time Super Bowl MVP
3. Drew Brees - Four Pro Bowls, 2008 OPTY, SB XLIV MVP
Complete QB stats and rankings : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/413721-the-nfls-top-15-quarterbacks-2000-2009
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
Record - 112-48
Post season - 14-4, 3-1 in Super Bowls
The Patriots under Belichick this decade have only missed the playoffs three times and once was the first year of the decade the other two times they still finished with winning records. They have also had the most assistant coaches hired out this decade including Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini and Josh McDaniels.