Revisiting the ESPN All-Decade Team
Posted by Derek
Last June, ESPN decided to jump the gun and name its NFL All-Decade Team. You'd think naming an all-decade team before the decade is done would be the dumbest part of the whole exercise, but you'd be wrong:
Safeties Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed: Lynch (seven) and Dawkins (six) have more Pro Bowls this decade, but the Steelers' Polamalu and Ravens' Reed stood apart in overall athletic ability and their flair for the spectacular play.
"I love watching [Polamalu] play," Cowboys Ring of Honor member Cliff Harris told Mosley. "They give him a lot of freedom and he's able to make a lot of plays. I think I'd love playing in that defense -- even though it's the Steelers. I'm biased, but I still think it's one of the most important positions on the field. And no one can match Reed and Polamalu right now."
Reed's production -- 43 interceptions in seven NFL seasons, compared to 34 picks in 13 seasons for Dawkins -- separates him from all challengers.
At the time, I made a typically mellow and understated case for how stupid this selection was. But with today's news that Brian Dawkins has made the actual all-decade team, I thought it would be fun to update the comparison: