A little Black and Blue help, please

January, 8, 2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

With a nod toward NFC West colleague Mike Sando, I thought I'd take a stab at naming an All NFC North team for 2008.

Some of the choices were pretty straightforward, but reasonable people can disagree on several of them. Mike asked NFC Westers to help him out at a few positions, and I think I'll blatantly rip off his idea and do the same over here in the Black and Blue.

So take a look at the chart below. I listed multiple names at the positions where I couldn't make up my mind or otherwise wanted some feedback. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. And be nice. We'll reveal the team Friday.

A few notes:

  • I followed the standard Pro Bowl positioning system -- two receivers and one tight end -- but I refuse to consider fullbacks. At best, they're part-time players.
  • Feel free to offer alternatives on any position, not just the ones where I offered multiple choice.
  • In some cases, I didn't feel there were any players who stood out. You might agree, but we need someone -- the best of the worst, if necessary -- to fill each spot.
  • Lions fans might want to work on their ideas for the 2009 team. Tough to justify too many players from an 0-16 team.
Position All-NFC North Player
WR Greg Jennings
WR Calvin Johnson
LT Bryant McKinnie? Chad Clifton?
John St. Clair? Jeff Backus?
LG Steve Hutchinson
C Matt Birk? Olin Kreutz? ?
RG Roberto Garza? Anthony Herrera?
Jason Spitz?
RT John Tait? Mark Tauscher? ?
TE Greg Olsen? Visanthe Shiancoe? ?
QB Aaron Rodgers
RB Adrian Peterson
RB Matt Forte

DE Jared Allen
DT Pat Williams
DT Kevin Williams
DE Aaron Kampman
OLB Lance Briggs
MLB Brian Urlacher
OLB Chad Greenway
CB Antoine Winfield
CB Charles Woodson
S Nick Collins
S Mike Brown? Kevin Payne?
Darren Sharper?

PK Ryan Longwell? Jason Hanson? ?
P Brad Maynard? Chris Kluwe? ?
KR Danieal Manning
PR Will Blackmon
Coverage Garrett Wolfe



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