Wednesday, October 12, 2011
NFC East All-Division Team: Week 6 update
By Dan Graziano
Never let it be said that I don't listen to the people! This week's edition of the rolling All-NFC East Team features little change except at cornerback, which has been brutal this year in this division and raised something of an issue last week.
First, the required disclaimer that most of the people who click on this post won't even read: This team is meant to reflect performance for the year to date, not simply who performed the best in Week 5. So yes, I know some of these guys didn't play Sunday. Their performance for the year so far still merits a spot on this team.
As for cornerback, last week I had the Eagles' Asante Samuel and the Giants' Aaron Ross. I still think Ross has played much better this year than his reputation indicates, and that his mistakes seem more glaring than frequent. But several people pointed out that fellow Giants corner Corey Webster has faced tougher receivers and played well too, and so Webster takes Ross' spot this week. And I gave Samuel's spot to the Cowboys' Mike Jenkins, who's been very good and playing hurt all year and wasn't as awful as Samuel was this week because he didn't play.
Now, on to the team, which is starting to settle in a few places.
Do you know who's second in the NFC East in rushing yards? Yeah, it's Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Why do we point this out? It shows you how large a lead McCoy has in the running back category. Boat race.
Thought about moving DeSean Jackson or even Victor Cruz into Maclin's spot at receiver, but Maclin is leading the division in catches and hasn't really done anything to lose his spot.
Yeah, still Peters at left tackle. I know he didn't play Sunday, but neither did Trent Williams, and unfortunately for his own case, Will Beatty did.
And yeah, I kept Trent Cole in at defense end, because I still don't think Jason Babin's a complete enough player to take the spot from him after Cole missed just one week (so far). Also thought about rewarding Osi Umenyiora's big game, but he's still played just two of them, and this is for overall performance to dated. Pierre-Paul deserves the spot.
Cullen Jenkins had a hard enough time with the Buffalo run game to lose his spot to Bernard, whose performance against the run so far this year has been superior to that of linemate Linval Joseph and deserves a mention.
Kenny Phillips had a rotten game Sunday, sure. But through four weeks he was playing as well as any safety in the league. And what am I going to do? Give the spot to Nate Allen? Phillips is on notice, but he's still on the team.