Thursday, January 7, 2010
Here's the All-NFC South offense
By Pat Yasinskas ESPN.com
It's time to name our second annual All-NFC South offense.
Quarterback: Drew Brees, Saints. Best player in the division, period. If Brees wasn’t already on a level with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, leading the Saints to 13 wins (including some big games) put him there.
Drew Brees threw for 4,388 yards and 34 touchdowns this season.
Fullback: Brad Hoover, Panthers. Very quietly, this guy just goes out and does his job every week and he’s been doing it for a long time. Some scouts and coaches will tell you that Hoover plays at a Pro Bowl level. He’s also a big part of the reason why Stewart and Williams became the first pair of teammates in NFL history to rush for 1,100 yards.
Tight end: Tony Gonzalez, Falcons. He somehow got snubbed in the Pro Bowl selection. But Gonzalez isn’t going to be overlooked here. Gonzalez came in and did exactly what the Falcons wanted and showed no signs that age is catching up to him. Tampa Bay’s Kellen Winslow gets an honorable mention for having a productive and peaceful season.
Wide receiver: Marques Colston, Saints. He showed what he can do when healthy. He’s Brees’ favorite target and a mismatch for most defensive backs.
Wide receiver: Roddy White, Falcons. Some people say White let up a bit after signing a big contract. That’s not true. His reception and yardage totals weren’t far off what he did last year and he also scored four touchdowns more than he did a year ago.
Tackle: Jordan Gross, Panthers. Yeah, I know he missed the final seven games, but he’s still the best offensive tackle in the division.
Tackle: Jon Stinchcomb, Saints. He’s steady and he got his first Pro Bowl berth this year. He’s got to be doing something right.
Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints. Nature of his position means he often goes unnoticed, but this guy had the best season of any offensive lineman in the division.
Guard: Davin Joseph, Buccaneers. New Orleans’ Carl Nicks got heavy consideration, but I’m going with Joseph, in part to give the Bucs some representation on this squad. But also because Joseph is a solid player.
Center: Jonathan Goodwin, Saints. He’s another guy you don’t hear much about. But he anchored an offensive line that protected Brees very well and cleared the way for the Saints to have an effective running game.