By the decade: Tying it all together

January, 30, 2010
1/30/10
12:15
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It's probably presumptive to assume this post is worth $12.95, but that was the price of Web access from seat 21C on my Delta flight to Atlanta, and I'll try to expense it.

The in-seat tracking screen shows our plane rocketing across Northeastern Wyoming.

This post will conclude the series examining the best NFC West players from 2000 to 2009. I suppose we could look at the coaches as well, but Mike Holmgren's longevity and overall success would make him the logical choice, followed by Ken Whisenhunt. Links and quick summaries:

  • Offensive line: "The Seahawks' Walter Jones was probably the best offensive lineman in the NFL during the first decade of the 2000s."
  • Wide receivers: "Torry Holt set the standard for NFC West receivers during the first decade of the 2000s."
  • Quarterbacks. "(Kurt) Warner prevailed as the highest-rated passer among the four quarterbacks with at least 10,000 yards for NFC West teams during the decade."
  • Running backs: "Shaun Alexander stands above all others as the NFC West's most productive runner during the first decade of the 2000s."
  • Tight ends: "The 49ers' Vernon Davis stood above all other NFC West tight ends during the first decade of the 2000s."
  • Safeties: "The Cardinals' Adrian Wilson stands above all other NFC West safeties for his efforts during the first decade of the 2000s."
  • Cornerbacks: "No other NFC West cornerback from 2000 to 2009 could match Williams' accomplishments."
  • Linebackers: "No NFC West linebacker started more games or earned as many Pro Bowl berths as Julian Peterson during the first decade of the 2000s."
  • Defensive line: "Defensive end Leonard Little and defensive tackle Bryant Young stood out to me as the NFC West's best defensive linemen at their positions in the first decade of the 2000s."
  • Punters: "The 49ers' Andy Lee stood out as the best NFC West punter for the first decade of the 2000s."
  • Kickers: "Josh Brown emerges as the winner, but like I said, it's tough to go wrong picking from this group."

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