My team of the year
While the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are making the most of their weekend off in order to prepare for Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, 6 February, the best of the rest in terms of NFL players are in Hawaii for the annual Pro Bowl.
So rather than discussing the NFL's version of an all-star game, I'm going to name my team of the year: one player at quarterback, running back, offensive line, wide receiver, defensive line, linebacker, cornerback, and safety. If I have enough energy at the end, I will even throw in a head coach for my partial team.
Okay, here we go. Form an orderly queue at the bottom of this page to register your complaints. My first pick is bound to provoke a response or two.
I thought long and hard about this premier position in the NFL. There is no doubt this is going to create some debate because Tom Brady is going to be the runaway winner for the NFL Most Valuable Player voted on by members of the Associated Press in the United States.
Brady was excellent throughout the regular season, setting a new mark for greatness by throwing 335 passes in a row without an interception. He ended the year having hit on 324 of 492 attempts for 3,900 yards, 36 touchdowns and four interceptions. That is truly incredible.
But he was one and done in the play-offs and disappointed during the loss to the New York Jets, albeit on a badly-injured foot.
The Packers have been in must-win mode for about five weeks now and, but for a shaky second half in Chicago in the NFC Championship game, Rodgers has been playing out of this world.
He is at the very top of his game and boasts a strong arm, accuracy and intelligence to match Brady. But where Rodgers has the edge is in his ability to scramble away from pressure and pick up valuable yardage downfield.
Time and again in recent years, Rodgers has proven the Packers were right not to bring back Brett Favre after he decided against retiring in 2008. A week on Sunday, we get to see if he can match Favre's career Super Bowl wins total in just his third season as a starter. This guy is now firmly in the elite group of NFL quarterbacks and just edges Tom Terrific, particularly given the fact I had the luxury of picking these winners deep into the post-season.
Running Back: Arian Foster - Houston Texans
Honourable mentions go to Kansas City's Jamaal Charles, Atlanta's Michael Turner and Jacksonville pocket rocket Maurice Jones-Drew, but Foster gets the nod for winning the NFL rushing title in just his second season.
While the frustrating Texans were up and down, Foster was the model of consistency. He opened with a bang, rushing for 231 yards and three touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts in week one and ended with 180 on the ground against the Jaguars in Houston's final game of the season. He was also excellent in between.
Foster also showed he could catch passes out of the backfield, making him the complete package. With a promising mix of speed, vision and power, he can dominate for many years to come.
Offensive Line: Jake Long - Miami Dolphins
As Miami's season began to unravel down the stretch, Long remained an ever-present up front despite suffering knee and shoulder injuries that could have ended his campaign. Miami's quarterbacks may not be worth protecting, but Long does his job to perfection and has now started all 16 games for three seasons in a row.
I could easily have gone for Atlanta's Roddy White, who led the NFL with 115 catches, or the emerging Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos. I could even make a case for the always-dominant Andre Johnson, of the Houston Texans.
But the one who stands above all others is Reggie Wayne, of the Indianapolis Colts. No receiver was more important to his team or his quarterback this season.
Wayne was targeted 175 times and caught 111 passes - both AFC highs - and he has now caught more than 100 balls in three of the past four seasons. I marked him down for making just one catch in the play-offs but no other wideout dominated the post-season enough to overtake Wayne.
Tight End: Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys endured a rough 2010 campaign that cost head coach Wade Phillips his job, but Jason Witten was a consistent star performer in Dallas. Despite playing with a backup quarterback for much of the year, Witten consistently got open and caught 94 passes for 1,002 yards and nine touchdowns.
Defensive Line: Julius Peppers - Chicago Bears
You would have expected Peppers to shine in 2010 given that he was being paid close to $1m per game. His impact on the Bears does not show on the stats sheet as he recorded just 54 tackles and eight sacks. But he was constantly double-teamed, allowing others on the Chicago defensive line to enjoy career years (that's you, Israel Idonije). Athletic, quick and strong, Peppers was virtually impossible to block this season.
This is a tough one as inside and outside linebackers are very different beasts and their positions are very different. A defence cannot operate without a sure-tackling middle linebacker such as Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis, but it is only natural that your attention gets drawn to the playmaking pass-rushers who dominate from the outside.
Cameron Wake burst onto the scene as a pass-rushing force for Miami and James Harrison remains an intimidating enforcer for the Steelers, but Matthews gets my vote because he can do it all.
Matthews uses blazing speed to make plays all over the field. The son of the former Cleveland Browns linebacker bearing the same name recorded 60 tackles, 13.5 sacks and one interception returned for a touchdown against the Cowboys. Look for this explosive defender to have a big day against the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
Cornerback: Darrelle Revis - New York Jets
If you base these awards purely on statistics, Revis doesn't get a look-in because he did not record a single interception this season. Rather than a negative, that is a reflection on the level of dominance he holds over the rest of the NFL.
Quarterbacks are too scared to challenge Revis and he can shut down one half of the field for an entire game. Most of the best receivers in the NFL go missing on Revis Island. During a stretch in the middle of the season, Revis limited Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson and Terrell Owens to a combined nine catches for 74 yards.
Revis is not only the best cornerback in the NFL today, he is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest in league history. The Hall of Fame beckons.
When healthy and on top of his game, Polamalu is one of the very best players in the NFL, regardless of position. Time and again he has made big plays for the Steelers and facing Pittsburgh's defence was a very different proposition whenever Polamalu was missing through injury in 2010.
Polamalu is a physical freak. He can play close to the line of scrimmage and hit with the power and force of a linebacker, but he can also race downfield and easily keep pace with some of the best receivers in the game.
If the Steelers win next weekend's Super Bowl, I would expect Polamalu to have stepped up and made several big plays along the way.
Head Coach: Raheem Morris - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In just his second season, Morris turned around one of the youngest teams in the league. His Buccaneers went from 3-13 in 2009 to a 10-6 mark that left them frustrated at missing the play-offs in 2010. Morris' Bucs became the first team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to start 10 rookies and post a winning record. The head coach and his team are well worth watching in 2011.
So that's my team of the year. Who makes yours?
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