Now at the end of the season is time to name the definitive NFL All Pro Teams.
In the end of season all pro list, I only name starters and then who else was considered. I don’t pick backups. There’s only one ultimate prize for each position.
2009 ALL PRO TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Drew Brees of New Orleans and Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers were the only two quarters also considered.
Peyton pulls it out because his team is no 14-0 and he’s pulled out some amazing performances against Miami and Jacksonville.
Rivers started off a little slower, at least his team did.
Brees is very close and is playing extremely well, but Peyton edges him out.
RB: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson my end up being the sixth player in NFL history to break the 2,000 yard rushing mark. He has clearly supplanted Adrian Peterson as the best back in the game this year. Peterson dropped off the All Pro team, more because of Johnson’s performance than his own, although he has been slowed somewhat recently and fumbles too often.
Johnson’s speed, ability run inside and outside, make huge catches, and ability to score from anywhere on the field make him the most dangerous back in the league by a wide margin.
He is also the primary reason, not Vince Young, that the Titans had a chance to keep their playoff hopes alive until their loss against San Diego.
FB: Leonard Weaver, Philadelphia Eagles
Leonard Weaver had really come on as a solid blocker, running, and pass catcher this season. It seem his load on offense has increased since Brian Westbrook has been out.
Le’Ron McClain of the Baltimore Ravens also has a lot of ability but the Ravens seem to have mostly forgotten him as an offensive weapon the later part of the season.
WR: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Receivers are always tricky to evaluate and Johnson didn’t even make my midseason team simply because others had better statistics at the time. Currently he is the leading receiver yardage wise with 1,433 yards and has had two back to back monster games.
Larry Fitzgerald is simply amazing on the field, even when he’s double teamed.
Vincent Jackson of San Diego, Brandon Marshall of Denver, Reggie Wayne of Indianapolis, and the slot machine, Wes Welker were also under consideration. They are all great receivers.
Roddy White of Atlanta, Marques Colston of New Orleans dropped off from midseason. White was slowed with the injury to Atlanta quarterback Mat Ryan, an Colston because the Saints have so many weapons.
TE: Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts
Dallas Clark is putting up crazy numbers as a pass catching tight end and has been the go to receiver for Peyton Manning in several games, including the incredible offensive performance against the Miami Dolphins.
Antonio Gates of San Diego has come on as a key offensive weapon for San Diego the second half of the season.
Tony Gonzalez continues to defy father time and is having another outstanding season for Atlanta.
Finally, I’ve been impressed, as always, with Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys.
Vernon Davis of San Francisco and Brent Celek of the Philadelphia Eagles have also had very solid years.
C: Jake Grove, Miami Dolphins
Even with Ronnie Brown out, the Dolphins running game continued to roll, and young quarterback Chad Henne had time to develop and not get killed by opposing defenders, because of Miami’s offensive line. Grove, in the games I’ve witnessed, as played the position extremely well.
This is a really tough call at center with great play by Matt Birk in Baltimore coming closest to supplanting Grove as the starting center. Nick Manigold of the New York Jets, Kevin Mawae of the Tennessee Titans, and Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts are also in the mix.
G: Leonard Davis, Dallas Cowboys
G: Carl Nicks, New Orleans Saints
The guard position is also a tough one with Leonard Davis of Dallas taking over the top spot. He has had a great season, especially the second half. He stands out even when you are not watching the offensive line play. He has been an anchor on an often struggling offensive line.
Carl Nicks of New Orleans keeps his spot on the All Pro squad. He often has to make up for a sometimes struggling, but improving left tackle, Jermon Bushrod.
If there were going to be a third guard on this squad it would be Kris Dielman of San Diego who has played extremely well this year, and seems to have really stepped it up in the Charger’s 9-0 run.
I hate to see Steve Hutchinson of Minnesota get booted off the team. He has had a great year as well and it was a very tough call.
Chris Snee has been a bit more inconsistent the second half of the year but remains on of the best guards in the league.
Alan Faneca, who made the midseason team, has played poorly the last few times I’ve witnessed Jets games.
T: Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos
T: Bryant McKinnie, Minnesota Vikings
I’ve seen more bad play than good at the tackle spot but Ryan Clady of Denver stands out, as does Bryant McKinney of Minnesota.
Honorable mentions go to Joe Thomas of Cleveland, rookie Michael Oher, a very promising rookie tackle for Baltimore, and Levi Brown of the Cardinals
Willie Colon of the Steelers got booted off the team.
Dishonorable mention goes to Flozell Adams of the Dallas Cowboys who can only block by holding, tripping, fighting, and dirty play.
K: Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
No kicker really stands out to me so I am sticking with Gostkowski who has been consistent and plays in worse weather than some other kickers.
Nate Keading of San Diego would be the other pick.
Kick Returner: Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland Browns
Since Percy Harvin as been out a few weeks and Joshua Cribbs is the only offense that Cleveland has, and has had some great games returning kicks, I’m going with the veteran at this position.
Percy Harvin of Minnesota and DeSean Jackson of Philadelphia also deserve mentions.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
Tough call with Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers having great years at quarterback but Johnson has been such a standout at his position and maybe hit the 2,000 yard mark rushing.
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE: Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
With Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets now playing like the rookie he is, I have to go with wide receiver Percy Harvin as offensive rookie of the year, despite missing a few weeks because of migraines. He has been a very dynamic kick returner for the Vikings and is a speedy and mostly reliable receiver. He has great upside and should be a stellar performer for years to come barring injury.