Thursday, November 12, 2009
The All-NFC South midseason offense
By Pat Yasinskas
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Time for the All-NFC South midseason team. Here’s the offense:
Quarterback: Drew Brees, Saints. Do I even need to explain?
Running back: DeAngelo Williams, Panthers. Atlanta’s Michael Turner has come on the last couple of weeks and New Orleans’ Pierre Thomas is having a nice season. But Williams has the best numbers.
Fullback: Ovie Mughelli, Falcons. New Orleans’ Heath Evans would have been very much in the mix if he didn’t suffer a season-ending injury.
Receiver: Marques Colston, Saints. This guy is just scary now that he’s healthy.
Receiver: Roddy White, Falcons. It would be nice if White were a bit more consistent. Still, he’s having another solid season.
Tight end: Tony Gonzalez, Falcons. Part of me wanted to go with Kellen Winslow, just to get someone from Tampa Bay on the team. But I couldn’t. Gonzalez is better than him. Jeremy Shockey might be, too.
Tackle: Jordan Gross, Panthers. Easily, the best offensive lineman in the division, but he hasn’t been as dominant as I expected.
Tackle: Jermon Bushrod, Saints. Part of me wanted to go with Atlanta’s Sam Baker, who is the most talented tackle in the division besides Gross. But I can’t say Baker has played at a high level all season. Bushrod has and he was thrown into the job after Jammal Brown went down for the season.
Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints. If Gross is the division’s most talented lineman, Evans is the most productive. This guy’s setting himself up for a huge second contract.
Guard: Carl Nicks, Saints. He’s not quite on the same level as Evans, but he’s pretty darn good.
Center: Jonathan Goodwin, Saints. I’m giving him the nod over Tampa Bay’s Jeff Faine and Atlanta’s Todd McClure, mainly because Faine’s been hurt and Atlanta’s offensive line hasn’t been all that consistent. Bottom line: The Saints have produced on the offensive line and, anytime that happens, the center has to be playing very well.