ESPN has put out their take on the offense of the decade. Now, the defense is sort of a "no brainer" in most places because those players seem to always stand out above everyone else when trying to take down the ball carrier. However, this is where the 11 players picked starts to get a little controversial. Two players that donned the purple and black achieved the honor to be on this list. Here it is.
QB: Tom Brady, New England
RB: LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
FB: Lorenzo Neal, Cincinnati/S.D./Balt.
WR: Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis
WR: Torry Holt, St. Louis
TE: Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City
T: Walter Jones, Seattle
T: Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore
G: Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh/N.Y. Jets
G: Steve Hutchinson, Seattle/Minnesota
C: Olin Kreutz, Chicago
The first 3 positions are lock ins. As good as Peyton Manning has been and his stats are better then Brady, Tom has the rings. There is no doubt that LT should be the RB of this decade. The man has taken the position to another level and currently holds the record for most touchdowns scored in a season. Has there ever been anyone else who thoroughly enjoyed just blocking the defenders? Well Lorenzo Neal is that guy and I can't think of a better guy for the position. Alan Ricard anyone?
Wide Receiver is where I think there are some problems. Marvin Harrison deserves the spot, no argument there. Marvin is known for never running his mouth, but absolutely destroying you on the football field. Torry Holt is one of the most consistent WR to ever play, but over Randy Moss? In my opinion, Moss is the most physically dominating WR in history. Jerry Rice is the best WR ever, but he was not the fastest, strongest, or biggest guy out there. He just knew how to get to the ball and score with it. Moss literally beat you everytime because he was bigger, faster and stronger than all the CB's.Not sure, but I would respectively put Randy Moss over Torry Holt.
No one can argue Tony Gonzalez a TE. One of the best characters and players to ever come through the league.
Here is where the Ravens should be proud. First ever player drafted by the Ravens, Jon Ogden, makes the list at Tackle. Ogden was a key part to the success this team has had in the short 14 years we have been around. The Ravens do not acheive some of the things they did without JO anchoring the left side. "Pace was great, but he couldn't quite match what Jones and Ogden accomplished this decade."
Who should have made this list?
Here is a list of the best moments and other things in the NFL of the decade.
- Play of the decade: David Tyree 32-yard catch in Superbowl XLII
- Personnel man of the decade: Scott Pioli. He really beat out Ozzie Newsome?
- Scandal of the decade: Mike Vick's dog fighting.
- Most memorable officiating call: Tom Brady and the "tuck rule" in the AFC Divisional game against Oakland
- Best owner: Bob Kraft, New England Patriots
- Best NFL commercial: Basically any of the Peyton Manning ones, considering he has "starred in 82.7 percent of all NFL commercials"
- Most prolific look: Troy Polamlu
- Funniest player: Chris Cooley?
- Best touchdown celebration: Chad Ochocinco
- Best first-down celebration: Roy Williams
- Most troubled player: Adam "Pacman" Jones
- Most feared player: Rodney Harrison
- Best assistant coach (tie): Jim Johnson and Dick LeBeau