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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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

All Time AFC East 45 Man Roster

Part of a series.  Previous post is here.

QB Dan Marino
      QB Tom Brady
      QB Jim Kelly
RB Thurman Thomas
RB OJ Simpson
      RB Curtis Martin
      RB Freeman McNeil
WR Andre Reed
WR Nat Moore
       WR Stanley Morgan
       WR Mark Duper
TE Rich Caster
     TE Jerome Barkum
C Jim Langer
G John Hannah
G Larry Little
T Richmond Webb
T Bruce Armstrong
    OL Bob Kuechenberg
    OL Matt Light
    OL Winston Hill

DE Bruce Smith
DT Bob Baumhauer
DE Jason Taylor
     DL Fred Smerlas
     DL Mark Gastineau
     DL Joe Klecko
     DL Richard Seymour
OLB Andre Tippett
ILB Zach Thomas
ILB Nick Buoniconti
OLB Cornelius Bennett
    LB Steve Nelson
    LB Tedy Bruschi
    LB Mike Stratton
CB Ray Clayborn
S Jake Scott
S Dick Anderson
CB Mike Haynes
      DB Sam Madison
      DB Ty Law
      DB Lawyer Milloy
      DB Darrelle Revis
PK Adam Vinatieri
P Brian Moorman


QB - I'd be receptive to a Griese over Kelly argument for the third spot; there's really not anyone who would pick different choices for 1-2; Brady's rings don't catch Marino's total value, but five years from now, that might be a different call.  Either Grogan or Ferguson is 5th.

RB - The Juice v. Martin question is close; Juice was clearly better game for game, Martin had a longer career and more total value.  Its the same debate between Juice and Thurman; I split the difference, taking Thurman as the top back, but Simpson as the other starter.  McNeil's pass receiving gets him the last spot over Csonka.

WR - It's a mess; I like Reed, just by a nose, above about a half dozen other guys, all of whom could essentially be ordered in any way one wished.  Maynard/Walker/Clayton are the guys not here but who could be.

TE - I'll take both Jets TE by not much over both NE TE.

OL - Some famous linemen, Stephenson, and the guys from the Bills, don't make the club.  I don't think there's any question at all about the starters.