Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The chart shows our midseason all-NFC West team, as determined after a fairly spirited conversation.
It's time to consider changes for the mythical NFC West end-of-season all-star team. Most of the potential changes I anticipate making would be on the defensive side:
- Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney hasn't played enough to hold that spot on the left side. We can consider the Rams' Leonard Little. I might consider plugging Cardinals outside linebacker Chike Okeafor into that spot.
- Seattle's Leroy Hill has also struggled to stay healthy. The Rams' Pisa Tinoisamoa has come on strong later in the season. We need to consider the 49ers' Parys Haralson in some capacity.
- In the secondary, Cardinals rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie deserves a look. I could argue for putting him on the list at Nate Clements' expense.
- On special teams, Seattle's Josh Wilson has about 50 percent more kick returns than the 49ers' Allen Rossum. Rossum has the higher average. Does Wilson deserve consideration?
We could always tweak the position names to help recognize deserving players.
Creating two generic spots for offensive tackles might help Joe Staley join the all-division team.
Creating a tight end position could help Vernon Davis (49ers) or John Carlson (Seahawks) move onto the list.
We'll put together the final team in the next couple weeks. I don't like naming all-star teams while seasons are in progress. The final two games could influence our thinking.
Final Miami 10 Buffalo 29 Final Jacksonville 10 Washington 41 Final Dallas 26 Tennessee 10 Final Arizona 25 New York 14 Final New England 30 Minnesota 7 Final New Orleans 24 Cleveland 26 Final Atlanta 10 Cincinnati 24 Final Detroit 7 Carolina 24 Final St. Louis 19 Tampa Bay 17 Final Seattle 21 San Diego 30 Final Houston 30 Oakland 14 Final New York 24 Green Bay 31 Final Kansas City 17 Denver 24 Final Chicago 28 San Francisco 20