Manning, Lewis lead NFL All-Decade team
|All-Decade Team: NFL|
|By Peter King, SI.com|
|My team oozes points and leadership. Imagine Peyton Manning with the protection he'd get with this athletic and strong offensive line -- and with the physicality and deep capability at receiver. On defense, I've picked so many good leaders. There'll be no motivation shortage when this D takes the field.
A few points of clarification: I have selected a team. Not all of my players had the most Pro Bowl or All-Pro nods. But I'm going to have a team with a wide receiver who blocks downfield. I'm going to have a team with a good run-playing defensive line. Some of the best statistically dominant players are not on this team. And I've also omitted some players not because they weren't great (Michael Strahan, Marvin Harrison), but because others spanned the decade better.
There are 12 defensive players (four linemen, four linebackers), as a nod to the teams that played 3-4 and 4-3 defenses. I thought about breaking down the team further and doing three receivers or naming a nickel corner, but many of the good slot receivers morph into outside receivers, or vice versa. So I stuck with 11 on offense, 12 on defense. (Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.)