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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

All Time NFC South 45 Man Roster

Friday, June 10, 2011

Part of a series.  Previous post is here.

QB Drew Brees
      QB Archie Manning
      QB Steve Bartkowski
RB Warrick Dunn
RB James Wilder
       RB William Andrews
       RB Mike Alstott
WR Steve Smith
       Muhsin Muhammad
       Eric Martin
       Joe Horn
TE Wesley Walls
      TE Hoby Brenner
C Jeff Van Note
G Jim Dombrowski
G Bill Fralic
T Willie Roaf
T Mike Kenn
     OL Paul Gruber
     OL Stan Brock
     OL Bob Whitfield
DE Lee Roy Selmon
DT Warren Sapp
DE Julius Peppers
     DL Claude Humphrey
     DL Wayne Martin
     DL Mike Rucker
     DL Simeon Rice
OLB Derrick Brooks
ILB Jessie Tuggle
ILB Sam Mills
OLB Rickey Jackson
     LB Hardy Nickerson
     LB Pat Swilling
     LB Keith Brooking
CB Ronde Barber
S John Lynch
S Mike Minter
CB Dave Waymer
      DB Deion Sanders  
      DB Rolland Lawrence
      DB Scott Case
      DB Bobby Butler
PK John Kasay
P John James

QB - Bartkowski/Manning had the same career; Brees takes them both because of the SB, and he obviously has more value to come.  There isn't another contender.
RB - Dunn's career was split in half between Bucs/Falcons, add them up and he's the best back in the division; Wilder edges Andrews for the other starter, and then there's a reasonable Alsott/Jamal Anderson debate for the last slot.
WR - The Panthers, in some order, are the best, and they start - the Saints, in some order, are your backups.  Then come all the Falcons - White/Jenkins/Mathis in a clump; White's who has value left, so he is a good bet to crack this quartet.
TE - I wouldn't put up much of a fight with any order of the two guys who made the team, and the two who didn't, Giles and Mitchell; Brenner and Mitchell played a ton of games, Walls had the best per game value; Giles was somewhere in the middle.  I feel strongest about Walls, but would accept any other configuration without protest.
OL - The 3 guys still active - Evans/Gross/McClure could wind up in those backup spots eventually; the all time guard spots are obviously weaker than the tackles.  Why isn't Mike Kenn in the Hall of Fame?
LB - These are the best 7, but its a spot of enormous depth; there's another handful of guys, including Tommy Nobis, who didn't make it.
DB - Yeah, Waymer beats out Deion given how much longer was his Saints career.  There's lots of room for backups to crack this squad.

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