Wednesday, July 20, 2011
More Packers praise -- plus video!
By Kevin Seifert
I wrote six paragraphs Tuesday suggesting the Green Bay Packers were the most likely NFC North team to dominate the division three years from now.
More than 2,700 comments later, it appears the issue struck a nerve. And I hadn't even passed along the final results of ESPN.com's Dream Team of Tomorrow project. Our 25-member Pigskin Panel chose the Packers as the team most likely to rest atop the entire NFL by 2014, and two Packers players were elected to the final Dream Team roster.
A few notes on the voting results, followed by a video in which I try to fend off colleagues eager to knock the Packers from their pedestal:
- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers received 53.1 percent of the vote at quarterback, the highest number among offensive players. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was the other player elected to the team. The Packers put an NFL-high 10 players/coaches on the original list of nominees.
- Two members of the Detroit Lions made it: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and receiver Calvin Johnson. Suh, in fact, got 90.3 percent of the votes at his position -- more than any other player in this project.
- Two teams put more than two players on the team: The San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.
- The six Pigskin Panel voters who voted for the Packers: ESPN analyst Eric Allen, ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd, AFC East blogger Tim Graham, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, AFC West blogger Bill Williamson and myself.