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That left more work than usual in identifying an all-division offense for 2009.
Your input last week helped define the structure and substance for the team I put together here.
RedRumRBS thought we needed to include Frank Gore as a second running back instead of singling out a fullback. I agreed because San Francisco didn't use its fullback as much as anticipated, while the Rams' Mike Karney missed time to injury.
Primeau1203 made a case for the 49ers' Joe Staley at left tackle, even though Staley missed seven games to injury. That made sense to me because injuries also affected left tackles elsewhere in the division, and Staley was clearly the best when healthy.
supninerfan wanted at least some mention for the 49ers' Eric Heitmann at center. Consider it done.
No Seahawks earned spots this season. A few players had decent seasons, but they did not play better than other players at their positions.
Jackson's success running the ball for the Rams partly explains why St. Louis placed two offensive linemen on the all-division team, even though the Rams' offense struggled. It's also true that the rest of the division didn't produce obvious choices at some positions.
2009 All-NFC West Team: Offense