Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders ad Broncos—Oh My! All-AFC West Offensive Team
Now that the 2010 season is over, there isn't going to be much to talk about until the new CBA—collective bargaining agreement— is completed. So here's something to keep the NFL fires burning for AFC West fans. Here's the offense, which will naturally consist of 11 players in all:
2 wide receivers
1 tight end
1 team offensive line, since it's five guys as one unit
I'm going to put together an all-AFC West team. I'm going to pick the best players from every position to create an AFC West super team. There are a lot of candidates, and some deserving players may be left out. I'm sure some of you will point out some snubs, but until then, here's the best offensive unit that the AFC West can provide.
The Quarterback Is The Cornerstone, and We Have a Perennial Pro Bowler
Philip Rivers is the obvious choice at the QB position. He's thrown for more yards, TDs, completions, etc, than any QB currently in the AFC West. In 2010, he went for 4,710 yards, 30 TDs to only 13 interceptions, a 66.0 completion percentage, and a QB rating of 101.8. Need I say more?
The Best HB In The AFC West May Be The Best HB In The League...
Jamaal Charles had the second best season in NFL history from an efficiency standpoint. His 6.39 yards per carry is second to only Jim Brown in the modern era. The next two on that list are O.J. Simpson and Barry Sanders. This is elite company to be in.
Charles finished second in the NFL with 1,467 yards on only 230 carries. He made his first Pro Bowl, and he looked good doing it. He also catches well out of the backfield when his number is called.
Da Raiders Have One Of The Most Versatile Fullbacks In The Division
The Oakland Raiders fullback Marcell Reece is a blossoming young FB. He may not be the most notable player on the team, but he plays a big roll when he's on the field. He can catch, run, and most importantly, he blocks well for the talented Raiders halfbacks. Reece is an unsung hero in his team, and for that, he gets a spot in this lineup.
At Tight End, We Have Another Pro Bowler
Antonio Gates is one of the best tight ends in the entire NFL. He has fantastic hands, a good deal of speed for the tight end position, and he even blocks. Gates is on a pace, as far as scoring goes, to one day make it into the NFL Hall of Fame if he keeps it up.
His stats in 2010 were more than respectable—782 yards and 10 TDs—despite missing six games due to injury. This guy is one of the best of the best at his position, and he'd be in the running for any all-division team.
2010 Brougth Us Two Unlikely Choices For The Wide Receiver Spot
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe led the NFL in TD catches with 15, and Denver Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd led the league in receiving yards with 1,448. This is a venomous 1-2 punch, especially when you consider that they would have Philip Rivers throwing them the ball on this team.
Lloyd came seemingly out of nowhere, and Bowe was on his last chance to prove his worth in K.C., but these two came through big for their respective teams. They were both Pro Bowlers for the AFC team in 2010, and deservedly so.
If The Offense Is a Rocket, Then The Offensive Line Is The Rocket Fuel
The Raiders gave up the 6th most sacks in the NFL, the Broncos couldn't run block for Barry Sanders if they had to, and the Chargers gave up 30+ sacks themselves while boasting only the 15th ranked rushing offense in the NFL. That leaves only the Kansas City Chiefs O-line as the front runner for this all-AFC West unit.
They gave up the least amount of sacks in the AFC West (32) and led the NFL's no.1 rushing offense. This was a solid unit in 2010 despite being one of the NFL's worst in 2009. Every offense is spearheaded by the offensive line, and this is a pretty solid spearhead. I mean, they play in Arrowhead 8 times a year, so a spearhead isn't that much of a stretch.
That's The Squad, and I'd Run With Them Any Day
So there you have it. That's the best in the West as I see it. This offense could pick any defense apart, and I wish we could see them in action. Since we can't, we're left to speculate as to just how effective they would be against the league's best defenses.
Next, I'll have my all-AFC West defensive edition. After that, I'll post a special teams edition. So hold onto your hats, sports fans, as I know the anticipation is going to be unbearable...