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We are down to the final spots on our All-Time Division list. It is crunch time and now we see why these final teams are where they are at. The NFC East team is made up of quite a bit of Dallas Cowboys, something you’d expect from an organization which has made more Super Bowl appearances than any other team in the NFC and who has won the second most Super Bowl titles in NFL history.
*italics signify starters
Head Coach: Tom Landry
QB: Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach
RB: Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett
FB: John Riggins
WR: Michael Irvin, Art Monk
TE: Jason Witten
OL: Rayfield Wright, Larry Allen, Len Hauss, Russ Grim, Bob Brown
DL: Reggie White, Randy White, Rosey Grier, Charles Hailey
LB: Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Chris Hanburger
CB: Mel Renfro, Darrell Green
S: Darren Woodson, Brian Dawkins
K: Mark Mosely
P: Sammy Baugh
KR: Herschel Walker
PR: Brian Mitchell
Choosing a coach was tough. Bill Parcells had a great career but lacked longevity with any team he coached. Joe Gibbs won some championships and had a great offense. However, Tom Landry is the coach here. Landry won two titles, five conference championships, 13 division titles, and has the third most wins in NFL history. He coached the Cowboys for nearly 30 years. Were it not for some fierce back and forth battles against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 70’s, Landry would likely have the most championships in NFL history as well.
On offense, it was pretty straight forward regarding selections. The difficulties were in choosing a starting quarterback. Aikman and Staubach were in two different eras and are difficult to compare. However, Staubach did have the lesser competition and competed in a time before competitive balance in the NFL. In the end I went with who was the more gifted quarterback and that went to the UCLA man.
Emmitt Smith is the NFL’s all time rushing leader, he gets the nod over everyone, except maybe Jim Brown. Behind a hefty and scary offensive line of Wright, Allen, Hauss, Grim, and Brown, defenses will be lucky to even see Smith let alone get a hand on him. Tony Dorsett would be a good change of pace with some serious speed. Riggins wasn’t normally a fullback in his time but he was built like one. He could carry the ball and would punish anyone who stood in his way. Imagine him running behind this line and coming full speed on a corner 20 yards down field.
The receivers and tight ends are some great pass catchers. Behind Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin was perhaps the second best receiver of his generation. He thrived on the big game and was perhaps the biggest reasons the Cowboys dominated in the 90’s. Art Monk was the epitome of consistency. He could make any catch and always seemed to make a first down grab when needed. Jason Witten is the best tight end to have every played in the NFC East. He has speed, size, athletic ability and must wear stick’em. He does not drop passes.
The defensive line is one of the obvious strengths on this team. Reggie White and Charles Hailey would be a scary sight to see for any quarterback. Up the middle, Randy Cross and Rosey Greir would be some major problems for even this team’s offensive line! The linebackers here are led by Carson and LT. They played together for a time and led what was the best linebacker group during that era. Carson was a true general while LT revolutionized the position. When you’re known specifically by a nickname, you’ve done something great. More than 20 years since his retirement, we are still in search of another LT.
The secondary is a solid bunch but not much in terms of big names. Renfro and Green were some of the best corners of their respective times, even if they were never properly recognized as such. The safety duo of Woodson and Dawkins are a ball hawking group that can lay a hit on anyone coming across the middle. Once again, solid if not spectacular.
The specialists are composed of players who were widely considered the best during their careers. Mosely won the MVP in 1982. Yes, a kicker won the MVP once. Baugh holds the second highest average of any punter in NFL history. Mitchell and Walker would be top returners in today’s NFL. Their skills were that apparent and that game changing.
In the end, the NFC East team had a good mix of talent and experience. Like many teams before it, there were some holes in the secondary and special teams. The team would feature a well balanced offense sure to frustrate even the best defenses in the NFL.
Stop by next week as we unveil the top two divisional teams of all time. Game on!
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