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All-NFC South Team (2002-2015)


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In 2002, the NFL expanded to 32 teams and realigned creating the NFC South Division. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, formerly of the NFC Central, were lumped in with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, all formerly of the NFC West. Despite their relative unfamiliarity with the rest of the division, the Buccaneers swept the Falcons and Panthers, on their way to a 12-4 regular season record and their first Lombardi Trophy. Unfortunately for them, some of the team's biggest names – including DT Warren Sapp, SS John Lynch and FB Mike Alstott – did not remain with the team long enough to help them duplicate that initial year success.

Here's a look back at the biggest difference makers in the NFC South over its first 14 seasons, as we compile a special 53-player All-NFC South roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Starter: Drew Brees, Saints
Reserves: Matt Ryan, Falcons, Cam Newton, Panthers

HALFBACKS (4)
Starter: DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
Reserves: Warrick Dunn, Buccaneers, Deuce McAllister, Saints, Reggie Bush, Saints

FULLBACKS (1)
Starter: Jason Snelling, Falcons

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
Starters: Roddy White, Falcons, Steve Smith, Panthers
Reserves: Marques Colston, Saints, Julio Jones, Falcons, Joe Horn, Saints, Falcons, Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers

TIGHT ENDS (3)
Starter: Jimmy Graham, Saints
Reserves: Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, Alge Crumpler, Falcons

OFFENSIVE TACKLES (3)
Starters: Jordan Gross, Panthers, Tyson Clabo, Falcons
Reserve: Donald Penn, Buccaneers, Travelle Wharton, Panthers

GUARDS (4)
Starters: Jahri Evans, Saints, Justin Blalock, Falcons
Reserves: Carl Nicks, Saints, Buccaneers, Travelle Wharton, Panthers

CENTERS (2)
Starter: Todd McClure, Falcons
Reserve: Ryan Kalil, Panthers

DEFENSIVE TACKLES (3)
Starter: Jonathan Babineaux, Falcons
Reserves: Kris Jenkins, Panthers, Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers

DEFENSIVE ENDS (4)
Starters: Julius Peppers, Panthers, Will Smith, Saints
Reserves: John Abraham, Falcons, Simeon Rice, Buccaneers

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (4)
Starters: Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers, Thomas Davis, Panthers
Reserves: Scott Shanle, Saints, Lavonte David, Buccaneers

INSIDE LINEBACKERS (4)
Starters: Keith Brooking, Falcons, Luke Kuechly, Panthers
Reserves: Jon Beason, Panthers, Shelton Quarles, Buccaneers

CORNERBACKS (6)
Starters: Ronde Barber, Buccaneers, Chris Gamble, Panthers
Reserves: DeAngelo Hall, Falcons, Brian Kelly, Buccaneers, Mike McKenzie, Saints, Ken Lucas, Panthers

FREE SAFETIES (2)
Starter: Mike Minter, Panthers
Reserve: Thomas DeCoud, Falcons, Panthers

STRONG SAFETIES (2)
Starter: Roman Harper, Saints, Panthers
Reserve: Jermaine Phillips, Buccaneers

PUNTER (1)
Starter: Thomas Morstead, Saints

KICKER (1)
Starter: John Kasay, Panthers, Saints

RETURNS SPECIALISTS (0)
Starter: Reggie Bush, Saints
Reserves: Steve Smith, Panthers

ROSTER SUMMARY
Starters: Panthers (9)*, Falcons (7), Saints (7)*, Buccaneers (2)
Reserves: Buccaneers (8.5), Panthers (7.5)**, Falcons (7), Saints (5)
Overall: Panthers (16.5), Falcons (14), Saints (12), Buccaneers (10.5)
*Steve Smith and Reggie Bush are both considered starters in these tallies.
**Travelle Wharton counts as one backup, despite manning two positions.
 

Notes: Travelle Wharton's swing depth at G/OT rendered OT Zach Strief expendable, thereby creating a roster spot for Reggie Bush, the division's best all-purpose returns specialist. Others considered for those duties were CBs Devin Hester and Allen Rossum, WRs Eric Weems and Michael Lewis, and RB Darren Sproles. However, none of them brought enough to the table within the division, in another capacity, over a substantial period of time to justify their inclusion over Bush. On defense, the strength at ILB dictates a 3-4 scheme. Had a 4-3 been chosen, DT Chris Hovan would've supplanted Shelton Quarles as the low man in the front seven collective. Jason Snelling edged out Mike Tolbert for the fullback spot, though it could be argued that the latter was more productive as a lead blocker. There is no true long snapper on the roster. Two other notable omissions: HB Aaron Stecker, who may be the only player to play for three of the four teams in the NFC South, and CB Brent Grimes, perhaps the best DB to not make the final cut.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, ☼UnrealFalcon☼ said:

i think he's looking at career achievements.

but John Abraham gets shafted even after getting the most sacks in the NFL in that timeframe

Somewhat, but I think it's more who impacted the NFC south in that timeframe.  At first I thought it was pretty bad, but I get it now, I think, not that I agree with all of it.  Those who spent a lot of their prime years in the NFC south seem to be looked at more favorably.

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WTF is this based on? NFL career or NFCS impact? Stats, Pro Bowls or All Pro Seasons? This is all over the place.

Interesting topic but somebody needs to re-do it. Lots of snubs that should at least get reserve spots.

Including Falcon snubs like Turner, Grimes, Moore, Lofton and Ovie. Maybe even Ice Bryant, Weems, Bosher and Koenan.

The Dimites won't like this list. Every Falcon starter was either a McKay or Reeves acquisition. Troffed.

 

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3 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

WTF is this based on? NFL career or NFCS impact? Stats, Pro Bowls or All Pro Seasons? This is all over the place.

Interesting topic but somebody needs to re-do it. Lots of snubs that should at least get reserve spots.

Including Falcon snubs like Turner, Grimes, Moore, Lofton and Ovie. Maybe even Ice Bryant, Weems, Bosher and Koenan.

The Dimites won't like this list. Every Falcon starter was either a McKay or Reeves acquisition. Troffed.

 

Like I said above, I think it's NFCS impact.  Revis would have easily made the list otherwise.  I also don't agree with a lot of it though.

The Super Bowl Bucs team would have been a lot better represented too otherwise, but they had just joined the division.

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5 minutes ago, PK Manley said:

Like I said above, I think it's NFCS impact.  Revis would have easily made the list otherwise.  I also don't agree with a lot of it though.

The Super Bowl Bucs team would have been a lot better represented too otherwise, but they had just joined the division.

If it's NFCS impact, a lot of players got snubbed from all four teams. Can somebody re-do this?

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8 hours ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

WTF is this based on? NFL career or NFCS impact? Stats, Pro Bowls or All Pro Seasons? This is all over the place.

Interesting topic but somebody needs to re-do it. Lots of snubs that should at least get reserve spots.

Including Falcon snubs like Turner, Grimes, Moore, Lofton and Ovie. Maybe even Ice Bryant, Weems, Bosher and Koenan.

The Dimites won't like this list. Every Falcon starter was either a McKay or Reeves acquisition. Troffed.

 

Could you even just once not spin something into an off topic rant  whining about Dimitrov?

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I don't know if decoud and minter are better than the rapist (Darren sharper), who was an excellent ball hawk. Justin fatlock over Carl nicks is questionable, so is will Smith over john abraham. Turner should definately be the starting back on this team, he was a monster in the redzone. I'd robably take kawann short over Jonathan babineaux, and tracy porter over deGambelo hall.

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