Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fear this team

Two lines of thought inspired this Dream Team. 1) The countless conversations I have had about Super Bowl quarterbacks when someone brings up the Ravens won with Trent Dilfer – and I always say he was the worst Super Bowl quarterback ever. 2) Many years ago I got into a discussion with several fans about the best free agents to sign in that given offseason. One of them raised an argument against several players on the grounds they had never been on playoff teams. I found this argument poor and many days later on a dull day I thought about the reverse – who were the worst players on Super Bowl winners.

Incidentally that stupid argument does seem to hold water with some GMs, which is why most Super Bowl winners have their depth raided as teams overpay for roll players (I’ll pick Alvin Harper from the plethora of examples). Perhaps my most favorite was when whatever was left of Al Davis’s brain put the 1995 and 1996 Super Bowl MVPs on the 1997 Raaaaid-ers – who went 4-12. Both player spent two seasons in Oakland.

So this is a collection of the worst winners. Now realize that there will be some guys you can think of who are not on this list. I don’t remember very single obscure player and if I did not know them I did not consider them. Thus even if Dylan Gandy the 2006 World Champion Indianapolis Colts was the worst guard ever he is not included. I did have a little trouble balancing a guys over talent vs. the year he had when he won a ring.

I started from 2000 so I could include our inspiration at QB.

QB Trent Dilfer 2000 Ravens – not on team next year
RB James Starks 2010 Packers
WR Patrick Johnson 2000 Ravens – caught 1 pass for 8 yards in whole 2000 playoffs
WR Antwaan Randle El 2005 Steelers
TE Christian Fauria 2003 Patriots
TE Ben Utecht 2006 Colts
T Roman Oben 2002 Bucs
G Jake Scott 2006 Colts
C Damien Woody 2001 Patriots
G Chris Kemoeatu 2008 Steelers
T Kenyatta Walker 2002 Bucs

DE Chris Canty 2011 Giants
DT Raheem Brock 2006 Colts
DT Linval Joseph 2011 Giants
DE Anthony Pleasant 2001 Patriots
OLB Kawika Mitchell 2007 Giants
MLB AJ Hawk 2010 Packers
OLB Scott Shanle 2009 Saints
CB Duane Starks 2000 Ravens – 5 more years, 4 teams
SF Charlie Peprah 2010 Packers (almost went with Gibril Wilson 2007 Giants)
SF Tebucky Jones 2001 Patriots
CB Otis Smith 2001 Patriots

Coach Brian Billick 2000 Ravens. An “offensive guru” who won with defense. In the next seven years he made the playoffs three times only winning a single game the very next year, which was the last year he had Marvin Lewis as his defensive coordinator.

Center and middle linebacker proved tough positions. Damien Woody was such a good center that he was later moved to guard and then went to Detriot – where he played tackle. There were plenty of bad outside linebackers, but inside I went with AJ Hawk just over his partner in the middle Desmond Bishop.

I went with two tight ends as very few of these teams had traditional fullbacks.

I’m sure I’ll hear comments on having both tackles from the 2002 Buccaneers. I can point out that they were a defensive football team. If I hear about having two Giants from last year I’ll point out they were 27th in D. I have two Colts from ’06 to. Most controversial will probably be having two starters from the Pat secondary that shutdown the Greatest Show on Turf –but Otis Smith was journeyman and Tebucky Jones was a first round bust. Mike Martz’s hubris is what beat St. Louis that day.

I bet in New Orleans I will hear about Jason “Toast” David from the 2006 Colts, but the truth is in Indy’s system he was effective.


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