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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.

Friday, July 8, 2011

All Time NFC North 45 Man Roster

Part of a series.  Previous post is here.

QB Brett Favre
      Fran Tarkenton
      Bart Starr
RB Walter Payton
RB Barry Sanders
      Chuck Foreman
      Jim Taylor
WR Cris Carter
WR Randy Moss
       Don Hutson
       James Lofton
TE Charlie Sanders
     Mike Ditka
C Mick Tingelhoff
G Randall McDaniel
G Jerry Kramer
T Ron Yary
T Forrest Gregg
   OL Jim Ringo
   OL Lomas Brown
   OL Chad Clifton
DE Carl Eller
DT Alan Page
DT Alex Karras
DE Jim Marshall
    DL Henry Jordan
    DL Willie Davis
    DL Doug Atkins
OLB Wayne Walker
MLB Joe Schmidt
OLB Chris Doleman
        LB Bill George
        LB Mike Singletary
        LB Ray Nitschke
        LB Dick Butkus
CB Herb Adderly
S Paul Krause
S Willie Wood
CB Lem Barney
     DB Yale Lary
     DB Dick LeBeau
     DB Leroy Butler
     DB Gary Fencik
PK Jason Hanson
P Brad Maynard

QB-tough competition when Bobby Layne really can't come close to making the team.
RB - No good arguments against the starters; I'm sticking with the backups - Hornung/Sayers would both clearly be a cut below for me.
WR - Hutson's dominance is mitigated by it being in the WW2 player depletion and the passing game being embryonic; he makes this squad, but behind Carter and Moss. Moss/Lofton is close.
OL - Clifton/Kreutz/Van Horne could all get that last spot, if Clifton/Kreutz don't play another down in the division, you could comfortably take Van Horne and feel okay about it.
DL - Here's who didn't make this team.   Randle, Dent, McMichael, Hampton. Madness.
LB - I moved Doleman to outside linebacker so he could make the team; Walker's the only outside backer with the level of pedigree of all of the middle linebackers in the history of this division.  Urlacher's one year from kicking Butkus off this team. Perhaps one of the inside guys could move outside and kick Doleman off.