All-Prisco Team: Manning (duh!), Sherman and surprises along way
Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman dominate Super Bowl headlines and headline the All-Prisco Team. But Four Browns? The best at each position make it, regardless of team performance.
If you simply glanced at my All-Pro team below, you'd think the Cleveland Browns were playing in the Super Bowl. They, of course, didn't come close.
That's what makes my All-Pro team different than most. I reward players for playing well, not for being on good teams. That's why there are four Browns on my AllPro team, three of them on offense.
If you ever want a lesson on the value of the quarterback position, take a look at the Cleveland offense. I have three All-Pros from that unit: Left tackle Joe Thomas , center Alex Mack and receiver Josh Gordon . Yet they finished ranked 18th in total offense.
That should also say a lot about this team. It doesn't matter who you play for, what your team's record was, or any of that stuff. This team is about performance.
A couple of other notes:
• I picked right and left tackles and right and left guards. The real All-Pro teams do no designate. That's why all left tackles make the team. That's not fair. The positions are different.
• I have 12 defensive players because there some teams play a 34, others a 43. It's hard to separate the two. So for this team, I picked four linebackers to go with four defensive linemen. Hey, it's my team.
• The easiest pick by far was Peyton Manning at quarterback. Of course, you knew that.
QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos : He set a new standard for passing this season, setting marks for yards and passing touchdowns. Hard to believe he is 37.
RB LeSean McCoy , Philadelphia Eagles : He led the league in rushing to earn his spot on the team. He is also a big factor in the passing game.
FB Mike Tolbert , Carolina Panthers : He is sledgehammer as a lead blocker, but he can also run it when need be and can catch the football.
WR Josh Gordon, Browns: This second-year player averaged 18.9 per catch with bad quarterbacks. Can you imagine if he had good ones?
WR Calvin Johnson , Detroit Lions : He averaged 17.6 per catch and had 14 touchdowns. How do you stop him?
TE Jimmy Graham , New Orleans Saints : Forget his showing against Seattle. He was the NFL's best tight end and had to fight through injuries.
LT Joe Thomas, Browns: He had one of his best seasons in 2013 while a lot of other left tackles had down seasons or were injured.
LG Evan Mathis , Eagles: He didn't get voted to the Pro Bowl he was named as a replacement but he deserves to be the left guard on all All-Pro teams. He was really good this season.
C Alex Mack, Browns: This free-agent-to-be is about to become a very rich man. He is good in the run game and does a nice job in pass protection.
RG Larry Warford , Lions: As a rookie, he was dominant on the right side of the Lions' line. He has a chance to be truly special.
RT Phil Loadholt , Minnesota Vikings : He is a big reason why Adrian Peterson runs so well for the Vikings despite no passing game. Edges out Denver's Orlando Franklin .
K Matt Prater , Broncos: He was special kicking field goals and of course led the league in touchbacks on kickoffs.
E J.J. Watt , Houston Texans : He remained a dominant player despite his numbers being down.
T Gerald McCoy , Bucs: This third-year player was the best inside player in the league. He is quick and athletic and is tough to block.
T Ndamukong Suh , Lions: Forget the sideshow, he's a heck of a football player. He and McCoy are a heck of a 2010 draft class for tackles.
E Robert Quinn , St. Louis Rams : He had 19 sacks and a ton of pressures. It's scary how good he could be in the coming years.
OLB Lavonte David , Bucs: It's a shame he isn't going to the Pro Bowl. He can cover and tackle. He is the only linebacker with at least five sacks and five interceptions.
ILB Luke Kuechly , Panthers: This tackling machine was a big reason why the Panthers won the NFC West. He is also good against the pass.
ILB NaVorro Bowman , San Francisco 49ers : He is the elite linebacker on the 49ers now, passing Patrick Willis . He is much better in coverage than Willis. It's a shame he suffered the torn ACL in the NFC Championship Game.
OLB Robert Mathis , Indianapolis Colts : He led the NFL in sacks with 19 1/2 and showed that he can get it done without Dwight Freeney .
CB Richard Sherman , Seattle Seahawks : Yes, he talks a big game. And, yes, he holds a lot. But he gets away with a lot of it and he's one of the best cover players in the league, leading the league with eight interceptions.
CB Patrick Peterson , Arizona Cardinals : He is a big corner who excels playing mantoman coverage. He will be a Pro Bowl player for a long time.
FS Earl Thomas , Seahawks: He is the prototype free safety, a guy who can run and tackle. He has the range you need in a free safety and had five interceptions this season.
SS T.J. Ward , Browns: He is especially good in the run game and has improved in coverage. He is an unrestricted free agent this spring too.
P Brandon Fields , Miami Dolphins : He was second in net yards, tops in average and had 33 inside punts inside the 20.
KR -- Cordarrelle Patterson , WR, Vikings: The rookie averaged 32.4 per kickoff return and took two back for scores.
Coverage -- Jeremy Lane , Seahawks: He's played some nickel corner this season, but he excels on special teams.
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