NFL: Creating the Best Offense of This Era

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IJune 11, 2009

HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 13: Quarterback Tom Brady of the AFC team passes the ball during the NFL Pro Bowl on February 13, 2005 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC team beat the NFC team 38-27.(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images).

(Above: It wouldn't be the Pro Bowl. It'd be better.)

We all love fantasy football. Well, as long as we're winning.

So, with that love and excitement for that "fake" world, where anything is possible, let's take a look at what it would be like to piece together the best possible team with current talent.

Just imagine: If the NFL abandoned all it's rules and said everyone is up for grabs in a community draft, what would it be like?

Picture no salary cap. Who would be football's New York Yankees?

More importantly, though, what would be the best team possible?

Head Coach Bill Belichick

Four Super Bowl appearance, three rings, and a 16-0 season. Yeah, he's our guy.

Belichick would take his boy Brady, below, and would piece together the following players to form the smartest, dominant team possible, while paying slightly more attention to chemistry and character, rather than simply getting the best overall talents.

QB Tom Brady

You can talk about his knee and him being "rusty" all you want. The guy threw for close to 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2007, and if it weren't for a freak injury, may have been able to do it again.

He has three rings, and with the offensive weapons that follow him on this list, he'd probably never lose again.

QB (Back-up) Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben definitely isn't the "best" option after Brady, but with two Super Bowls under his belt, he's a winner and one of the purest gamers the NFL has to offer.

While Pittsburgh doesn't call on him to win games by himself often, he's a clutch performer with a big arm, and the ability to put up big-time numbers.

If this team could ever happen, a young Roethlisberger would be a nice, headsy talent to groom behind Brady.

RB Adrian Peterson

Whether you're talking about stats, athleticism, or style of play, there's no one in the league that touches All Day.

He's grounded any worries about durability issues, and does nothing but dominate teams when he has solid support from his passing game.

With Tom Brady behind center, AP could crack 300 yards rushing twice a season.

RB (Change of Pace) Leon Washington

Washington may never be a feature back due to his height and small frame, but his explosiveness and vision is too valuable to be left behind.

He would be able to come in on third downs and be a factor on several different types of plays, and could also electrify the stadium with his highlight reel ability on kick returns.

RB/WR/KR (X-Factor Back) Reggie Bush

Bush would fill in the final running back spot, but wouldn't necessarily be behind Washington on the depth chart.

While he isn't a very gifted runner in between the tackles, few are as good as Bush at breaking a run on the outside, or finding the right gaps on punt returns.

FB Peyton Hillis

I know he may not be the consensus pick, but in terms of toughness, versatility, and athleticism, he's the best all-around talent at the position.

Hillis has proven to be an above-average runner, stout blocker, and exceptional receiver either out of the backfield, or in traffic.

WR Larry Fitzgerald

Few receivers have the combination of speed, agility, hands, and body control that Fitz has.

He has the ability to snag balls right out of the air, or catch a slant and take it the distance.

He's mastered the style of game that only Randy Moss used to be able to do, and appears to have distanced himself from even Moss as the best receiver in football.

WR Steve Smith

When constructing the perfect team, it's not all about jotting down the best available talent. Well, not completely.

It's about maxing out the talent, but also piecing together players that would fit each other's styles, instead of pairing three guys together who all do the same things.

Smith is faster and more explosive than Fitzgerald, and has the ability to stretch the field, or just manage the middle of the field inside the slot, if needed.

Smith, like Fitz, has an uncanny ability to adjust his body in mid-air and go after any ball, and can even help on returns or specialty plays, if needed.

WR (Slot) Wes Welker

Every team deserves a Wes Welker, as he constantly puts his body and career at risk, going after balls with linebackers and corners closing in on him.

Welker isn't as good as Randy Moss or Andre Johnson (or several others), but he's easily the best slot receiver out there.

Welker has extremely reliable hands, runs crafty, crisp routes, and is very quick and versatile. If the Patriots are starting him, you can be sure any other team in the league would be starting him, as well.

TE Tony Gonzalez

He's getting up there in age, but it's still arguable that Gonzalez is the best all-around tight end in the league.

With Gonzo, you know one side of your line is protected well, and you also have an elite receiving option that can break off of blocks and get open at all times.

He's also a big red-zone threat that can open up the running game, simply by being on the field and drawing linebackers wherever he goes.

TE Dallas Clark

Clark is a solid blocker, but is definitely known for his play-making ability.

Blessed with excellent speed for a tight end, Clark plays over the middle often, and turns five-yard outs into 15-yard gains.

He's a very reliable target with good hands and the mind of a receiver. He wouldn't be the first tight end option on this team, but is so versatile, that he could fill-in as the third or fourth receiver without the offense missing a beat.

As said before, this isn't a collection of simply the best talent the NFL has to offer. Rather, it's a cohesive combination of athletic ability, proven performance, high character, and guys who could easily mesh together.

This is your ultimate offense. Relish it.


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