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Monday, January 18, 2010

Pro Football Weekly All-NFL and rookie teams

Pro Football Weekly released its All-NFL and All-Rookie teams and there were no Steelers on either roster.

To me, this is a much better list than the AP All-Pro team because it's voted on by the members of the Pro Football Writers of America, of which I am a member.

These are the guys who see all the games, talk to players on a daily basis and cover the league more in depth than some of the people who vote in the AP. It's also more inclusive than the AP vote, which is done by 50 people.

Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America 2009 All-NFL team

QB Peyton Manning / Colts
RB Chris Johnson / Titans
RB Adrian Peterson / Vikings
WR Andre Johnson / Texans
WR Wes Welker / Patriots
TE Dallas Clark / Colts
C Nick Mangold / Jets
OG Steve Hutchinson / Vikings
OG Jahri Evans / Saints
OT Ryan Clady / Broncos
OT Joe Thomas / Browns

DE Jared Allen / Vikings
DE Dwight Freeney / Colts
DT Kevin Williams / Vikings
DT Haloti Ngata / Ravens
OLB Elvis Dumervil / Broncos
OLB DeMarcus Ware / Cowboys
ILB Patrick Willis / 49ers
CB Charles Woodson / Packers
CB Darrelle Revis / Jets
S Darren Sharper / Saints
S Adrian Wilson / Cardinals

PK Nate Kaeding / Chargers
P Shane Lechler / Raiders
PR DeSean Jackson / Eagles
KR Josh Cribbs / Browns
ST Kassim Osgood / Chargers

Most Valuable Player — Colts QB Peyton Manning
Defensive MVP — Packers CB Charles Woodson
Coach of the Year — Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis
Rookie of the Year — Texans LB Brian Cushing
Offensive Rookie of the Year — Vikings WR Percy Harvin
Most Improved Player of the Year — Cowboys WR Miles Austin
Comeback Player of the Year — Patriots QB Tom Brady
Executive of the Year — Colts president Bill Polian
Assistant Coach of the Year — Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer
Golden Toe (Best Placekicker or Punter) — Raiders P Shane Lechler

Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-Rookie team

QB Mark Sanchez / Jets
RB Knowshon Moreno / Broncos
RB Beanie Wells / Cardinals
WR Percy Harvin / Vikings
WR Austin Collie / Colts
TE Brandon Pettigrew / Lions
C Alex Mack / Browns
OG Andy Levitre / Bills
OG Louis Vasquez / Chargers
OT Michael Oher / Ravens
OT Phil Loadholt / Vikings

DL Tyson Jackson / Chiefs
DL Terrance Knighton / Jaguars
DL B.J. Raji / Packers
DL Matt Shaughnessy / Raiders
LB Brian Cushing / Texans
LB Clay Matthews / Packers
LB Brian Orakpo / Redskins
CB Vontae Davis / Dolphins
CB Jacob Lacey / Colts
S Jairus Byrd / Bills
S Louis Delmas / Lions

PK Ryan Succop / Chiefs
P Pat McAfee / Colts
PR Quan Cosby / Bengals
KR Percy Harvin / Vikings
ST LaRod Stephens-Howling / Cardinals


Ben said...

No offense, Dale, but you claim it's a better list (mostly because you helped create it), but it's almost identical to the AP All-Pro team.

And how in the world does Mike Wallace not make at least the #2 receiver on the all-rookie team?

Dale Lolley said...

I thought the same thing about Wallace, but Collie did have 60 catches for 676 yards and seven touchdowns.
It's debatable, but I can't fault the pick.

You're going to have a lot of similarities on the two All-Pro teams. But there are some differences. Plus, the rookie team is always interesting.

Anonymous said...

The rookie team is pretty much a joke, they just elected a lot of players that were starters, regardless of performance. Andy Levitre? Tyson Jackson?

Dale Lolley said...

Are they supposed to vote for bench players?

Anonymous said...

Sure, if the bench player plays better than the starter in the minutes he gets. Should quantity be honored over quality?

I guess I was mostly thrown off by the inclusion of Tyson Jackson, who was rated by as the worst 3-4 DE in the league by far. For example, Ziggy Hood was rated much higher despite only having 1/3 the snaps.

adamg said...

The Kaeding pick made you all look kind of bad...

noel said...

The few times I saw Levitre he looked OK considering the guys he had around him. If Jason Peters spent the season beside him he would have looked much more solid.

Patrick said...

Eric Wood looks like the kid from Bad Santa.

Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

I can't argue with either list, but my personal bias for Mike Wallace does cause me a little disappointment. I suppose the reason he's not on the list is because his team didn't go to the playoffs and the Colts did.

marc said...

dallas clark should not be listed as a TE. he rarely lines up as a TE, he rarely blocks as a traditional TE. if they want to create another position category that's fine, but i think it's unfair to the other TE's in the league.

Darren said...

I still don't get how Woodson gets the nod over Revis for Defensive POY. It's not even a close call in my mind or on the stat sheet. Revis changes the game by shutting down the opposing #1 receiver.

Dale Lolley said...

I voted for Revis - as regular readers of this blog know. I didn't think Woodson was deserving. Yes, he had the picks - he can catch the ball. But he had far more defensive pass interference and holding penalties than interceptions.

As for Kaeding, the guy missed three field goals all season. It's a regular season thing.

In many cases when guys are voting for rookies, they vote stats - they almost have to. The guys who play are the guys who get voted for - particularly on the lines.

Anonymous said...

This isn't the first time Kaeding has choked in the playoffs. I don't care one way or the other about the All Pro teams, but he is overrated.