Wednesday, December 28, 2011
All-NFC East Team: Week 17 update
By Dan Graziano
I don't vote on the Pro Bowl rosters. I'm not a fan, a coach or a player, and those are the three groups that combine to make those decisions. So if you look at this week's edition of the NFC East All-Division Team, and some players who didn't make the Pro Bowl are listed where players who did make the Pro Bowl aren't, that's because this here team has one voter. And this voters disagrees with some of the decisions those voters made. Including the first one on this week's list.
But first, the disclaimer no one ever reads: This is an All-Division Team based on overall performance this year to date. It is not -- repeat, NOT -- simply a list of awards for this week's performance. That's why Evan Royster isn't on it.
Quarterback: Tony Romo, Cowboys (Last week: Romo)
Running back: LeSean McCoy, Eagles (McCoy)
Wide receiver: Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, Giants (Cruz, Nicks)
Tight end: Jason Witten, Cowboys (Witten)
Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Tony Fiammetta)
Left tackle: Jason Peters, Eagles (Peters)
Left guard: Evan Mathis, Eagles (Mathis)
Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins (Montgomery)
Right guard: Kyle Kosier, Cowboys (Kosier)
Right tackle: Tyron Smith, Cowboys (Smith)
Defensive end: Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants; Trent Cole, Eagles (Pierre-Paul, Cole)
Defensive tackle: Jay Ratliff, Cowboys; Cullen Jenkins, Eagles (Ratliff, Jenkins)
Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Brian Orakpo, Redskins (Ware, Orakpo)
Inside linebacker: London Fletcher, Redskins; Sean Lee, Cowboys (Fletcher, Lee)
Cornerback: Asante Samuel, Eagles; Corey Webster, Giants (Samuel, Josh Wilson)
Safety: Kenny Phillips, Giants; O.J. Atogwe, Redskins (Phillips, Atogwe)
Kicker: Dan Bailey, Cowboys (Bailey)
Punter: Steve Weatherford, Giants (Weatherford)
Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)
- Yes, Romo over Eli Manning. The numbers are better. Same number of wins. One more game to settle it, if they both want to play their best. Manning may have made the Pro Bowl on yardage numbers and his five fourth-quarter comebacks, but Romo has played the position better this year. Slightly.
- Webster can have his cornerback spot back. He was fantastic Saturday, and in a weak field has been much more good than bad this season.
- And while I, like a lot of people, got caught up in the Fiammetta hype. But Young has been a mauler all season at fullback, and it says something that three different Redskins running backs have had 100-yard games this season. (And that doesn't count original starter Tim Hightower, whose season high was 96.)
- Cole over Jason Babin. We've been over this and over this. I'll take the better player. You can have the guy with the most sacks. Babin's year is sensational, but he's not the best defensive end on his own team. And as great as he is, he's not one of the two best in his division.
- One final thought, at wide receiver: The Redskins' Jabar Gaffney is making a run at this team. If Nicks keeps dropping balls or misses this week's game with the hamstring injury that popped up on this morning's injury report, Gaffney could make a run at his spot. The numbers are getting close.
Okay, so what'd I get wrong?