Wednesday, November 7, 2012
All-NFC East midseason team
By Dan Graziano
I hereby present the midseason All-NFC East team.
Those of you who are regulars on the NFC East blog know that we actually do a running all-division team each week, updating it when warranted based on overall performance to date. This is a site-wide midseason exercise in which each of our eight division bloggers has done his own all-division team, but we've kept the format the same as we usually do -- four linebackers and four defensive linemen, for instance, to reflect that half of our division plays a 3-4 and the other half a 4-3. Jason Hatcher has been on the team for a few weeks now, outplaying many of the division's 4-3 defensive ends even from his spot in the Cowboys' 3-4.
The position that causes the most weekly consternation is quarterback, which this year has been a two-man race between Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III and the Giants' Eli Manning. Griffin has held the spot for a couple of weeks now in a close race, helped by the addition of his rushing yardage and touchdown numbers to his passing numbers. None of the division's quarterbacks has been playing especially well over the past two weeks, so there hasn't been much reason to change.
Changes from last week's team include the return of Chris Snee to the right guard spot in place of Chris Chester, Jay Ratliff at one of the defensive tackle spots in place of Cullen Jenkins and Steve Weatherford as the punter. Sean Lee has retained his inside linebacker spot in spite of the season-ending injury he suffered three weeks ago, since his overall body of work at that position for the year is still better than that of the next inside linebacker on the list (likely Washington's Perry Riley).
Anyway, here's the list. Feel free to offer your thoughts.