Introducing…The All-NFC East team

17 08 2008

Top-to-bottom, the NFC East is the NFL's best division.

Top-to-bottom, the NFC East is the NFL's best.

By Mike Gill

The NFC East is arguably the most competitive division in all of football.  Three of the four teams made the playoffs last season and there is a strong chance that could happen again this season.  While Dallas is the favorite, the Giants are the defending Super Bowl champs, the Skins made the playoffs and the Eagles are improved. So take a look at the NFL’s best divisions best players :

QBDonovan McNabb– You might want Tony Romo, but I need to see him win a playoff game first.  You might say Eli Manning, because he won the Super Bowl last season.  But I’ll take number five, he is poised for a huge season.

RBBrian Westbook– Mr. Do-it-all for the Eagles gets the nod over a talented field, Marion Barber III and Clinton Portis could have been here, but Westbrook is much more important to hs team and more versatile running back.

FB Mike Sellers– Sellers is a nice pass-catching FB and is also a good lead blocker, leading the way for 1,000 yard rushers Ledell Betts and Ports.  Not a strong field in the NFC east, but Sellers is a good one.

WRTerrell Owens – T.O. can still dominate a game and is still one of the premier wide-outs in the entire league.

WRPlexico Burress– Burress played hurt most of last season and still put up big numbers.  While he is a little banged up again this season, he always comes to play.

TEJason Witten– There are some good tight ends in the East, but Whitten might be the best in the game right now.  Last season he broke the single-season record for catches by a Cowboy with 96.  He gets the nod over LJ Smith and Chris Cooley.

LTChris Samuels– A five-time Pro Bowler, Samuels has been a rock on the Skins O-Line since he was drafted as the third overall selection in the 200 draft.

LGLeonard Davis– An All-Pro selection last season, David finally lived up to being the number two overall pick in the 2001 draft.  He also made his first Pro Bowl last season leading the way for Marion Barber III.

CAndre Gurode – A two-time Pro Bowler, Gurode anchors the middle of the Cowboys offensive line.

RGShawn Andrews – Depressed or not, Andrews is one of best at his positions. He is a two-time Pro Bowler, and was an All-Pro in 2006.

RTFlozell Adams – Adams is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was an All-Pro last season.  He has also missed only four games in his career.

Defense

DE – Jason Taylor – Taylor is just two seasons removed from being the NFL’s defensive player of the year.  He is a six-time Pro Bowler, and four time All-Pro and is the best of a good field in the NFC East.

DETrent Cole– Cole had 12.5 sacks and 70 tackles for the Eagles and edges out Osi Umenyiora.  Cole should break out this season.

DTTank Johnson– The troubled yet talented Johnson is a force on the Cowboys offensive line and with a full season under his belt in Big D shouldn’t miss a beat.

DT Mike Patterson– Patterson is a pass-rushing Tackle and paired with Brodrick Bunkley, the form a very solid tandem for the Eagles.

OLBDeMarcus Ware– While his numbers don’t jump of the page, he is the kind of player who forces a team to game-plan for him.

OLBGreg Ellis – Ellis had a career year last season netting 12.5 sacks and was named the NFL comeback player of the year.

MLB Antonio PiercePierce is an underrated hard-working linebacker.  He had 160 tackles for the Super Bowl champs.  He edges out veterans London Fletcher-Baker and Zach Thomas, along with second-year man Stewart Bradley who could be in this spot next season.

CBAsanate Samuel – Samuels is new to the division, but he is sure familiar with the East.  He is a two-time Super Bowl champ and was an All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2007.

CB Lito Sheppard– He might be third on the depth chart in Philly, but when healthy he is not far-behind Samuel.  In a division loaded with DB’s (“Pacman”, Newman, Springs, Henry, Smott, Brown) its Lito that gets the pick here.

FSLaRon Landry– After an impressive rookie campaign, he bumps Brian Dawkins from this spot.  Dawkins lost a step and Landry was very impressive after shifting over from strong safety.

SSRoy Williams – A big-hitter, Williams is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was an All-Pro in 2003.  His pass defense needs work, but he is still the man here.

PRAdam “Pacman” Jones – He is one of the best in the game and shouldn’t miss a beat after a year off.

KR Rock Cartwright – Set a Redskins single season record with 64 returns for 1541 yards.

K Nick Folk– A weak position, David Akers seems to be slipping, so Folk is the man in the East.

PJeff Feagles– The veteran still gets it done for the Super Bowl Champs.

Head CoachAndy Reid– He is 96-62 overall and is the dean of the East.  The Eagles are still the most successful team in the division since 2000 and could be back near the top of the divison again this season.

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18 08 2008
John

Couldn’t agree more with McNabb. I know there’s many who hate McNabb, but the resume speaks for itself. No Super Bowl? So What! Most QB’s in the NFL don’t have one (Peyton didn’t until two years ago) and some that do….STINK! D-MAC is the best in the NFC East and it’s not that close. Eli had a TERRIBLE year last year yet sportscenter pronounces him as the next sliced bread becuase of one game (that didn’t score much in, and needed a MIRACLE catch to win!) Sportscenter over rates everyone, and stuffs certain athletes down our throats (Michael Phelps anyone). I like the QB call, Gilly.

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