Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Pats dominate SI all-decade honors
No matter what happens to the New England Patriots the rest of the year, even if they go down in a screaming ball of fire and don't win another game, they still will be remembered as the best team of the 2000s.
Sports Illustrated has released its choices for the best teams, players, games, moments and everything else of the decade. Patriots are all over the place.
They were named the best organization. Bill Belichick was named best coach. Scott Pioli was named best personnel man. The 2007 team had the best season. Randy Moss from the Oakland Raiders was selected as the best trade and Tom Brady the biggest draft steal.
On Don Banks' list of top 10 signature moments of the 2000s, Mo Lewis' hit on Drew Bledsoe that opened the door for Brady was No. 1. The Tuck Rule play was No. 7.
Of course, the Patriots also were involved in the biggest upset of the decade, losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, and the greatest scandal, Spygate.
There were a couple mentions for the other AFC East teams, too.
The Jets were tabbed for the worst trade, sending two first-round draft picks and a fourth-round pick to Chicago Bears so they could select defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson.
Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens was named villain of the decade. Former Bills defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau was selected coordinator of the decade.
Here are the men with AFC East ties who landed on Peter King's all-decade team: