One year ago at around this time, we made a case for why DeMarcus Ware was the best player in the NFC East. That wasn't a highly controversial position to take, because Ware had more sacks and pressures than any pass-rusher in football between 2008 and 2011 and was coming off a 19.5-sack season.
This year, though, things have become a little more complicated.
Ware's sack total plummeted to 11.5 while he struggled with injuries in his age-30 season. Jason Pierre-Paul's sack total also dropped from 16.5 to 6.5, Eli Manning had a down season, Tony Romo threw a tied-for-league-high 19 interceptions, Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Sean Lee and Hakeem Nicks got hurt and Trent Cole and Nnamdi Asomugha were disappointments, along with pretty much everyone else in Philadelphia.
Victor Cruz, Jason Witten, Anthony Spencer and Evan Mathis deserve some love, as per usual, and you could make a valid argument for any one of them, but two players in particular emerged to such a degree that I'm prepared to give them an edge over everyone else.