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Default Atlanta Falcons All-Decade Team (2000-2009)

***Please Note: The stats aligned with the players are their stats from when they were with the Atlanta Falcons

QB: Michael Vick (2001-2006) [11,505 Passing Yards; 71 TD Passes; 52 INTs; 75.9 QB Rating] [553 Att; 3,954 Rushing Yards; 21 Rush TD]

Take all that dog fighting stuff and throw it out the window because no one can deny that M. Vick was the best QB of the decade for the Atlanta Falcons. As much as people would rather put Matt Ryan here, M. Vick won games for us and was more exciting than any player to, perhaps, ever play the game. No one will forget the 2002 Wild Card game against Green Bay, where we went to Green Bay and destroyed Brett Favre and company. Two years later, M. Vick had us in the NFC Championship.

HB: Warrick Dunn (2002-2007) [5,981 Rushing Yards; 30 TD; 4.2 Y/A] [204 Receptions; 1,635 Receiving Yards; 6 Receiving TD]

Without a doubt, one of the classiest players to ever play in the NFL. Warrick Dunn was only 5-9, 180 lbs, but he played larger than life. He's also one of a few players that have over 10,000 career rushing yards and over 4,000 career receiving yards. Without him, we wouldn't of made it to the NFC Championship in 2004.

HB: T.J. Duckett (2002-2005) [2,175 Rushing Yards; 31 TD; 3.9 Y/A]

T.J. Duckett... a lot of people wonder what could of been of this guy who had loads of talent. A big bruising back who had deceptive speed. The problem he had was that he tried to "get skinny" on a lot of his runs. Seeing as he is 250 lbs, I think that would of been hard.

FB: Justin Griffith (2003-2006) [87 Receptions; 621 Receiving Yards; 9 Receiving TD] [81 Att; 378 Rushing Yards; 4.7 Y/A]

As much as everyone loves Ovie Mughelli as the Atlanta Falcons fullback, you can't help that he doesn't really get the football in his hands, other than a few attempts and a receiving touchdown in the opening game against the Miami Dolphins. The thing that puts Justin Griffith here is that he was a very good blocker and he was excellent in the receiving game. He had very deceptive speed and could suddenly break on you for a 20 yard run off a quick dump-off pass. When we let him go, he was at the height of his career and a lot of teams, in need of a fullback, wanted his services.

WR: Brian Finneran (2000-2009) [217 Receptions; 2,906 Receiving Yards; 16 TD]

The Atlanta Falcons never really had a bonafide wide receiver all decade. Roddy White was a bust until he decided to not drop passes in 2007. However, Brian Finneran was always that one wide receiver that Michael Vick could actually rely on.

WR: Roddy White (2005-2009) [315 Receptions; 4,689 Receiving Yards; 27 TD]

There's really no other choice for the 2nd wide-out, but he's definitely deserving. These last three season, which all are of over 1,000 yards for Mr. White, have been amazing for him. Roddy White was, without a doubt, a bust until he decided to actually catch a pass. I guess because it wasn't M. Vick throwing too hard. Without Roddy White, Matt Ryan would probably have been a wreck.

TE: Alge Crumpler (2001-2007) [316 Receptions; 4,212 Receiving Yards; 35 TD]

Who else would go here? Other than Brian Finneran, Alge Crumpler was Michael Vick's only reliable target. He led the Atlanta Falcons in receiving, 3 years in a row. We all know that he had great hands, route running ability, and deceptive speed. Ever since leaving Atlanta, his career has not got any better, other that his Run Blocking skills.

Tackle: Bob Whitfield (1992-2003)

He would also be on the 1990-1999 All-Decade Team. Even though he only played 4 years into the 2000's, he was still the backbone of our offensive line. Even though he has only one Pro Bowl to his name (1998) he was a great blindside blocker and run blocker for his whole career in Atlanta. I noticed that around his last few years in Atlanta, he picked up the name "False-Start Bob Whitfield" because he was trying to get a jump on all the younger, faster D-End's he had to block.

Guard: Kynan Forney (2001-2007)

Not much to say about Kynan Forney. He was part of the 3-year period where the Atlanta Falcons ranked #1 in rushing. Good run blocker, decent pass blocker.

Center: Todd McClure (2000-2009)

He and Brian Finneran are currently the longest tenured Falcons still active. McClure has started 100-something straight games at center, despite some season where it seems the whole offensive line in injured. He's not very big and he's getting older, but he's a tough player.

Guard: Harvey Dahl (2007-2009)

This was a tough decision for me. There's no other Guards that jump out at me. I do, however, Love Harvey Dahl. Him and Tyson Clabo are the nastiest O-Lineman in the NFL. Dahl is a terrific run blocker but his pass blocking is suspect, but he gets it done.

Tackle: Todd Weiner (2002-2008)

After False-Start Bob Whitfield left Atlanta, Todd Weiner took over on the blind side. He became the anchor of a line that led the NFL in rushing for 3-straight years. He retired after the 2008 season, but was our best O-Lineman of the 2000's.

D-End: Patrick Kerney (1999-2006) [58.0 Sacks; 2 INT]

Patrick Kerney made our defense what it was in the early 2000's. He was strong, quick, and deadly... to Quarterbacks. It killed everybody that when he signed with Seattle, he had a 14.5 sack season.

D-Tackle: Rod Coleman (2004-2007) [92 Tackles; 30 Sacks; 1 INT]

When he was healthy, Rod Coleman was a force to be reckoned with. You usually don't see D-Tackles getting 10 sacks a season but he did it on occasion 3 times, twice in Atlanta.

D-Tackle: Johnathan Babineaux (2005-2009) [158 Tackles; 14 Sacks; 1 INT]

Even though the U.S.S. Babineaux wasn't always what he is now, you can't deny that he can play some football. He led the Falcons in sacks in 2009, and gained notoriety around the NFL that he's becoming a Top-Tier D-Tackle.

D-End: John Abraham "The Predator" (2006-2009) [36 Sacks]

John Abraham was very dissapointing for the 2009 season, coming off a 16.5 sack season in 2008. He did, however, have 10 sacks in 2007 as well. There have not been many other notable defensive ends the last decade other than Kerney and Abraham.

Outside Linebacker: Keith Brooking (1998-2008) [887 Tackles; 17 Sacks; 12 INT]

Not seeing Keith Brooking suit up for the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 felt odd. We'd been seeing him do so for 11 seasons. From 2001-2005 he made five Pro Bowls, but never led the league in tackles. Keith Brooking played out of position for nearly his whole career in Atlanta, but he did the best he could every game. Keith Brooking, born in Georgia, played at Georgia Tech, and then played for his hometown Atlanta Falcons. Forever in our hearts, and forever a Falcon.

Middle Linebacker: Curtis Lofton (2008-2009) [163 Tackles; 1 Sack]

There was literally no other choices for this one. Name me a Middle Linebacker, other than Curtis Lofton, that actually was good for the Atlanta Falcons throughout the 2000's. It's not easy because there were over 9,000 middle linebackers for Atlanta through that time period. We all see what Curtis Lofton is becoming and this is to hopes of a long NFL career. Lets just hope he actually gets an interception in 2010.

Outside Linebacker: DeMorrio Williams (2004-2007) [270 Tackles; 6.5 Sacks; 5 INT]

Other than Keith Brooking, there haven't been many notable Outside Linebackers for Atlanta. What gets DeMorrio Williams here is his ability to cover the pass. He had great speed for his position and could run with Tight Ends, most Half Backs, and a few Wide Receivers.

CB: DeAngelo Hall (2004-2007) [202 Tackles; 17 INT]

Last season, you couldn't help but kinda wanting D. Hall back because he would of been a lot better than anything we had. He's one of the fastest players in the NFL and he's got great hands for a corner. He made the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2006.

CB: TBA

FS: Keion Carpenter (2002-2003, 2005) [115 Tackles; 9 INT]

Not many people recognize the name, but Keion Carpenter was rediculously good for us. He had the speed of a corner and was a ball hawk.

SS: Lawyer Milloy (2006-2008) [224 Tackles; 2 Sacks; 3 INT]

The three seasons Lawyer Milloy spent in Atlanta were not necessarily his greatest but he provided leadership to that defense. The Law-Dog could still bring it with his hits.

Kicker: Jason Elam (2008-2009) [41-50; 82% FG Acc]

The 2008 Season for Jason Elam was the best season of his career, and not many people like Jay Feeley because of his inaccuracy. It was heart-breaking for Jason Elam to stink it up last season.

Punter: Chris Mohr (2001-2004)

All four seasons Chris Mohr spent in a Falcons uniform, he never had one punt blocked. I really like Michael Koenen but Chris Mohr was a lot better at placing punts inside the 20-yard line.
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