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  • SI's All-NFL Team

    - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...ml?eref=si_nfl

    OFFENSIVE BACKS
    QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts
    Now that he's got the can't-win-the-big-one thing off his resume, he edges Tom Brady for the honor as the best passer and game-manager in football.

    RB | LaDainian Tomlinson | San Diego Chargers
    This might be the easiest call of this entire team. What player is better at his position right now than Tomlinson?

    FB | Mack Strong | Seattle Seahawks
    This is a tough position to choose from, because you're tempted to take the best combo platter of blocker and runner. Strong can run in a pinch, but when he blocks linebackers, they stay blocked.

    RECEIVERS
    WR | Torry Holt | St. Louis Rams
    Holt is the best receiver in the game today. He's so quick in and out of his cuts, and so hard to cover one-on-one, and so productive even when everyone knows he'll be getting it seven times a game.

    WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers
    I'm starting to worry about all his injuries, but for now, he's still the biggest three-down threat at receiver in the game. Four-down, if you count his prowess in the return game when used that way.

    TE | Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers
    I have no idea what his stats were last year. I do know this: In a pickup game among the best GMs in football, Gates would certainly be the first tight end picked -- and he'd be a top-20 choice overall.

    OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
    T | Walter Jones | Seattle Seahawks
    Athleticism and power are the most important traits for a franchise left tackle, and Jones is the most athletic left tackle and one of the three or four strongest.

    G | Steve Hutchinson | Minnesota Vikings
    The gold standard of offensive linemen today, and I don't care if his 2006 wasn't as good as his previous seasons. He is adjusting to life with a lesser left tackle, and still steamrolling in the run game.

    C | Jeff Saturday | Indianapolis Colts
    It's time to recognize the skill and talent of the Indy offensive line, which showed last year what a physical force it can be in the playoff ramrodding of the formidable Ravens. Saturday's the mistake-free linchpin.

    G | Shawn Andrews | Philadelphia Eagles
    He's the Eagles' best player today, which is saying something when you consider how many great players this franchise has produced in the last decade. He's a strong, athletic drive-blocker.

    T | Jonathan Ogden | Baltimore Ravens
    Ogden can still can envelop defensive ends and take them wherever he wants them to go. He's not the talent he was at 28, but hey, neither is Katherine Hepburn.

    OFFENSIVE RESERVES
    POSITION PLAYER
    QB Tom Brady, Vince Young
    RB Reggie Bush, Maurice Jones-Drew
    OL Jason Peters, Kris Dielman, Nick Mangold
    WR Larry Fitzgerald, Marvin Harrison, Mike Furrey
    TE Tony Gonzalez


    DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

    DE | Julius Peppers | Carolina Panthers
    He reminds me of Tim Duncan: Never says much, but when he's healthy, Peppers is the best pass rusher in the league.

    DT | Jamal Williams | San Diego Chargers
    One of the best big-bodied players in recent history, Williams' domination of the middle of the line of scrimmage is a big reason why San Diego's defense works so well.

    DT | Warren Sapp | Oakland Raiders
    Oh, this pick was the right one six years ago and not now, you say? Bull. Sapp has played as well as ever -- like a man possessed -- the last two years.

    DE | Jason Taylor | Miami Dolphins
    I don't know how you block him. He's got a small forward's moves and such good instincts for playmaking. The ball just finds him on defense.

    LINEBACKERS
    OLB | Shawne Merriman | San Diego Chargers
    I say he was good enough in his pre-positive-test play and his post-positive-test play to be a slam dunk on this team, but I can see the e-mails flying in already.

    OLB | Adalius Thomas | New England Patriots
    The best all-around defensive player in football should come in handy on Bill Belichick's drawing board this fall.

    MLB | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears
    It's not just the playmaking. It's the mentality. Urlacher hasn't let being Urlacher take away one ounce of the dedication toward the greatness that rules what he does.

    DEFENSIVE BACKS
    CB | Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos
    Edged by Jason Taylor as last year's defensive player of the year, Bailey has proven what a brilliant deal it was to trade Clinton Portis for him. Great runners come along far, far more often than great corners.

    SS | Kerry Rhodes | New York Jets
    Nobody's giving him the pub yet, but just watch. He's the rising star (along, maybe, with LaRon Landry of the Redskins) in the secondary for 2007.

    FS | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens
    Has become to the Baltimore defense what Ray Lewis was five years ago -- the player on a very good defense whom offensive coordinators scheme away from.

    CB | Antoine Winfield | Minnesota Vikings
    There is no cornerback I love watching play more today than Winfield. At 5-9 (that might be generous) and 180, he plays cornerback the way Merriman plays linebacker. Which is to say, he loves to hit.

    DEFENSIVE RESERVES
    POSITION PLAYER
    DL Richard Seymour, Dwight Freeney, Pat Williams
    LB DeMeco Ryans, Lance Briggs, Lofa Tatapu
    DB Asante Samuel, Bob Sanders


    SPECIAL TEAMS
    K | Adam Vinatieri | Indianapolis Colts
    I don't really care about his stats, though I know they're good. I just care that, with the game on the line, outside or inside, I want Vinatieri kicking the ball anywhere from 52 yards and in.

    P | Brian Moorman | Buffalo Bills
    He edges Mat McBriar, the Dallas up-and-comer. Moorman consistently has good hang time in the climes of western New York, with a gaudy 39.2-yard net average last year (best in the league) and 33 punts inside the 20 (second-best).

    Returner | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears
    How about Hester and Reggie Bush (see my bench) as the return men for this team? No team in history has ever had two so good.

    Player | Bernard Pollard | Kansas City Chiefs
    He blocked three punts and forced two fumbles last year for the Chiefs. He might move into the starting lineup this year, but even if he does, Herman Edwards will continue to use him on special teams.

    COACHES
    Head Coach | Bill Belichick | New England Patriots
    Winning three Super Bowls in four years should make him a gimme. The prospect of winning one more with so many new players makes him a lock.

    Offensive Coordinator | Mike Martz | Detroit Lions
    Jon Kitna threw for 4,300 yards last year. I rest my case.

    Defensive Coordinator | Rex Ryan | Baltimore Ravens
    Belichick gets credit, rightfully, for changing up so many of his schemes and player combinations week-to-week, depending on the foe. Ryan does the exact same stuff, only with fewer people noticing.

  • #2
    he reserves are a bit iffy... Mike Furrey but no Chad Johnson? Vince Young but no Drew Brees or Carson Palmer? Reggie Bush and MJD but no over LJ?

    Plus there are some other things... what the hell kind of defense is this guy running? 3-3?

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    • #3
      carson palmer any1?


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      • #4
        I love MJD, but he doesn't deserve to be listed as a reserve.

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        • #5
          I think the lists look good other than the reserves. Some of those picks clearly arnt the 2nd and 3rd best players at their positions.

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          • #6
            Jones-Drew is a great player, but Westbrook is one of the most underrated RBs in the NFL, if not the most underrated RB. Vince Young looks great too, but What about McNabb? I know he has been injured lately, so there has been little out of him, but right now, he is certaily better than Young. Brees and Palmer are better than Young as well.
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            • #7
              Sapp shouldn't be one the first team either, maybe as a reserve, but not on the first team.
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              • #8
                CB | Antoine Winfield | Minnesota Vikings
                There is no cornerback I love watching play more today than Winfield. At 5-9 (that might be generous) and 180, he plays cornerback the way Merriman plays linebacker. Which is to say, he loves to hit.


                WTF?!?!?! Loves to hit, HE'S A CORNER! How about the fact that he's horrible in coverage and gets burned more then an albino without sunblock.

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                On another note, Nicklas Backstrom is amazingly good.
                Meanwhile, in hockey the other night, the Washington Capitals' Eric Belanger gets hit with a stick, loses EIGHT teeth, has an instant root canal in the locker room, comes back out and PLAYS and never says boo.

                So new rule, NBA: Unless you have a root canal at halftime, SHUT UP AND PLAY!

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                • #9
                  Pretty suspect list if you ask me, but I suppose it's just one opinion.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Addict View Post
                    he reserves are a bit iffy... Mike Furrey but no Chad Johnson? Vince Young but no Drew Brees or Carson Palmer? Reggie Bush and MJD but no over LJ?

                    Plus there are some other things... what the hell kind of defense is this guy running? 3-3?
                    it's a 4-3, he's got taylor, peppers, sapp and williams on the line

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Addict View Post
                      he reserves are a bit iffy... Mike Furrey but no Chad Johnson? Vince Young but no Drew Brees or Carson Palmer? Reggie Bush and MJD but no over LJ?
                      No way Young, Bush, or Jones-Drew should be on there. In addition to LJ, Steven Jackson and Frank Gore need strong consideration.

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                      • #12
                        Lions' 3rd reciever made the all-NFL team.

                        Heck yes.
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                        • #13
                          Jason Peters

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                          • #14
                            pitiful list imo.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 24cadillac24 View Post
                              Pretty suspect list if you ask me, but I suppose it's just one opinion.
                              Originally posted by iloxygenil View Post
                              pitiful list imo.
                              I hope you guys arent talking about starters. Other than Sapp and Winfield, there is nothing to complain about.
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