You make the call: All-NFC West team
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Good luck picking a midseason all-division team for the NFC West.
Seven of the Cardinals' 11 offensive starters made my list. I dumped the tight end for a third wide receiver.
But the team I put together isn't set in stone. Give me your best arguments for and against certain players. I'll update the chart based on the most compelling arguments. Let's put a deadline on it and say we need to have it set by the end of the day.
Singling out five worthy offensive linemen might have presented the biggest challenge. Starting at right guard? That would be the Seahawks' Floyd Womack. He's playing better than anticipated. I had a hard time picking the Rams' Richie Incognito, the Cardinals' Deuce Lutui or the 49ers' Tony Wragge, who have combined for 18 penalties.
We couldn't very well line up without a right guard, and I did want to maintain positional integrity on the line. Center was another problematic position. The 49ers' Eric Heitmann isn't enjoying his best season, but the other choices didn't stand out.
The Cardinals' Levi Brown has played better this season. The other right tackles in the division are either ineffective -- the Rams' Alex Barron comes to mind -- or injured or inconsistent after returning from injury.
Most linebackers in the division aren't playing their best. The Rams' Pisa Tinoisamoa deserved consideration. Seattle's Leroy Hill is more of a violent tackler, but the Seahawks haven't used him as a pass rusher the way I had envisioned (zero sacks so far).