Thoughts on 2008 all-NFC West team

December, 19, 2008
12/19/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

PositionPlayerTeam
LTWalter JonesSeahawks
LGReggie WellsCardinals
CEric Heitmann
49ers
RGFloyd Womack
Seahawks
RTLevi Brown
Cardinals
QBKurt Warner
Cardinals
RBFrank Gore49ers
FB
Leonard Weaver
Seahawks
WRLarry Fitzgerald
Cardinals
WRAnquan Boldin
Cardinals
WRSteve Breaston
Cardinals

 
LDEPatrick Kerney
Seahawks
RDEJustin Smith
49ers
DTBrandon Mebane
Seahawks
DTDarnell DockettCardinals
LBPatrick Willis49ers
LBKarlos Dansby
Cardinals
LBLeroy Hill
Seahawks
SSAdrian WilsonCardinals
FSOshiomogho Atogwe Rams
CBMarcus TrufantSeahawks
CBNate Clements49ers
 

P
Donnie Jones
Rams
KJosh Brown
Rams
LS
Brian Jennings
49ers
RET
Allen Rossum
49ers
ST
Sean Morey
Cardinals
ST
Manny Lawson
49ers

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.

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