The NFL’s All Decade Defensive Team: 2000-20009

Posted: 4th January 2010 by C Douglas Baker in NFL
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Following is the definitive defensive team of the decade for the years 2000-2009. The defense was much more difficult to choose than the offense because there are so many deserving players and statistics are not as helpful in evaluating the impact of a player on the game. For example, a shut down cornerback does not get many interceptions because nobody wants to throw the ball his way and a stout defensive tackle doesnÆt get credit for the havoc he wreaks allowing other players to get to the quarterback or ball carrier. As for the offense, in some cases I am choosing several players for a position, for example I have four defensive ends, because all deserve to make the team. But I rank them in the order I would place them from starters to backups. In other cases I name just one ...

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