The BoltHype All AFC West Team - Defense

There was a time when the AFC West was considered one of the more competitive divisions in football. While that time has certainly passed, thats not to say that we don't have some talented football players out here. One group in particular, defensive secondaries, is actually pretty stacked. The Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders, and Broncos all have at least one starting cornerback who has made it to the Pro Bowl. Those teams have also invested first or second round picks in recent years on defensive backs, with the Chargers heading into the season with three cornerbacks who were former first rounders! However, the AFC West doesn't really have a lot of top flight linebackers and the defensive linemen as a whole are good, but not great.

When the BoltHype All AFC West team was assembled, the idea was to find guys who could play in any defensive scheme, but an emphasis was certainly on the 4-3 because thats the type of defense this division is mostly built for.

Starting Secondary:
CB Antonio Cromartie (SDG)
CB Champ Bailey (DEN)
CB Nnamdi Asomugha (OAK)
FS Eric Weddle (SDG)
SS Michael Huff (OAK)

Reserves:
CB Dre Bly (DEN)
CB Quentin Jammer (SDG)
SS Bernard Pollard (KAN)

Starting Defensive Linemen:
DT Jamal Williams (SDG)
DT Luis Castillo (SDG)
DE Derrick Burgess (OAK)
DE Elvis Dumervil (DEN)

Reserves:
DT Igor Olshansky (SDG)
DE Tamba Hali (KAN)

Starting Linebackers:
LB Shawne Merriman (SDG)
LB D.J. Williams (DEN)
LB Thomas Howard (OAK)

Reserves:
LB Derrick Johnson (KAN)
LB Shaun Phillips (SDG)
LB Donnie Edwards (KAN)

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July 10, 2008

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4 comments:

Anonymous said... Jul 11, 2008, 11:51:00 AM

i'm surprised you left our John Lynch but on second thought he probably didn't deserve to make it lol

Anonymous said... Jul 12, 2008, 3:52:00 AM

A healthy John Lynch deserves to be a reservist. But I dog agree with this. What a thoughtful presentation of how awesome the AFC West truly is!

salma said... Jul 12, 2008, 9:48:00 AM

how are DJ williams and Thomas Howard better than Shaun Phillips? i mean seriously at times even merriman cant touch phillips

Rob Zepeda said... Jul 12, 2008, 10:22:00 AM

Shaun Phillips is a very, very good football player. But can he handle playing linebacker in the 4-3? Probably. DJ Williams and Thomas Howard are both very good players themselves who have excellent speed so I'm giving them the nod. No discredit to Phillips...it just speaks to the talent of Howard and Williams.

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