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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Nominations for NFC West all-decade team

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

How convenient of me to skip out on vacation after filing all-decade packages to run in my absence. The all-decade defense entry has more than 1,200 comments. The all-decade teams entry has nearly 600. The most recent entry, ranking the top 25 players of the decade, has nearly 3,000 comments and counting.

In the interests of time, I'll have to assume every comment agreed with every aspect of every item. How gratifying. I'd like your help in the next endeavor: naming an all-decade team for the NFC West based on what we've seen from 2000 through last season.

Blog contributor Adam from Mesa, Ariz., has offered his version, which I'll include below. That should help get the discussion running. We can discuss the dilemmas on the blog. I'll put together my own choices in an item for Wednesday.

I've converted into PDF format and made available for download Adam's fully researched document, complete with charts. I'll summarize his choices below:

Adam's Offense

QB: Kurt Warner, Rams and Cardinals

RB: Shaun Alexander, Seahawks

FB: Mack Strong, Seahawks

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

WR: Torry Holt, Rams

TE: Vernon Davis, 49ers

LT: Walter Jones, Seahawks

LG: Steve Hutchinson, Seahawks

C: Jeremy Newberry, 49ers

RG: Adam Timmerman, Rams

RT: Orlando Pace, Rams [moved from LT because he needed to be on this team]

Adam's Defense

LE: Leonard Little, Rams

DT: Darnell Dockett, Cardinals
DT: Bryant Young, 49ers
RE: Patrick Kerney, Seahawks [plays left side]
OLB: Karlos Dansby, Cardinals
MLB: Patrick Willis, 49ers
OLB: Julian Peterson, 49ers and Seahawks
CB: Marcus Trufant, Seahawks
CB: Nate Clements, 49ers
FS: Oshiomogho Atogwe, Rams
SS: Adrian Wilson, Cardinals
Adam's Specialists
K: Josh Brown, Rams and Seahawks
P: Andy Lee, 49ers
RET: Dante Hall, Rams
Adam's Head Coach
Mike Holmgren, Seahawks
Great work, Adam. I'm sure we can poke some holes in any team -- mine, yours, etc. Before you jump Adam, be sure to read his explanations in the PDF file. Let the discussion begin. Paging Isaac Bruce!