Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Taking votes for all-NFC West offense
By Mike Sando
I'll be putting together an all-NFC West team again this season, but not without discussion.
Let's dive into the offense first.
We can tweak the structure to accommodate a second running back at the expense of a fullback. That seems logical to me, but it's our team, not just mine. We can adjust again if someone makes a compelling argument.
The initial offensive structure features two halfbacks, two wide receivers and one tight end.
And we're off ...
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals. Trails only Randy Moss in touchdown receptions this season.
WR: Anquan Boldin, Cardinals. Needs 14 yards for his fifth 1,000-yard season.
TE: Vernon Davis, 49ers. Trails only Moss in touchdown receptions. Tied with Fitzgerald with 12.
RB: Steven Jackson, Rams. Trails only Chris Johnson in rushing yards despite sitting out Week 16 with a herniated disc.
QB: Kurt Warner, Cardinals. Needs four touchdown passes to match 2008 total (30).
Pencil them in
RB: Frank Gore, 49ers. Made a late run for the Pro Bowl and still might get in as alternate.
C: Jason Brown, Rams. Big, physical presence helped Jackson dominate despite little threat from passing game.
RG: Deuce Lutui, Cardinals. Reduced penalties and became more consistent overall.
Up for discussion
LT: Joe Staley over Barry Sims despite missing six games? The Cardinals' Mike Gandy played more games than either, but an injury seemed to affect him.
LG: Jacob Bell or Reggie Wells? Bell played well much of the season before a hamstring injury landed him on injured reserve.
RT: Levi Brown? Relatively slim pickings in the division at this spot.
FB: Moran Norris or Mike Karney? Dan Kreider? No fullback at all? I would rather clear a spot for Gore than carry a fullback for the sake of it.
Who is missing? I trust you'll hold me accountable, as usual.