Just for fun, I decided to use my Approximate Value method to come up with a post-merger all-franchise team for each franchise. I'll post them by division.
Here are the rules:
1. The AV systems gives a player a score for each player season. To combine these into a career number, I take 100% of the player's best season, plus 95% of his second-best season, plus 90% of his third-best season, and so on.
2. I'm only comfortable (for now) applying the AV methodology to post-merger seasons. Players who debuted before the merger, however, are included if their post-merger seasons alone merit inclusion. In this case, they have a '+' after their AV score to remind you that their career AV is (probably) higher than the number shown.
3. To avoid 4-3/3-4 issues, I gave each defense 12 players, including two DT/NTs, two DEs, two OLBs, and two ILB/MLBs.
4. Because of the slippery and changing nature of defining what a fullback is, I simply decided to go with two RBs, instead of an RB and an FB.
As with most things AV-related, this series of posts is mostly just for fun, but I'm also curious to hear feedback from long-time followers of the teams about things that look fishy.
St. Louis / Arizona Cardinals
QB Jim Hart 87+ RB Ottis Anderson 68 RB Terry Metcalf 53 WR Roy Green 66 WR Mel Gray 63 TE Jackie Smith 46+ T Dan Dierdorf 86 T Luis Sharpe 74 G Conrad Dobler 43 G Bob Young 42+ C Tom Banks 58 DT Eric Swann 44 DT Bob Rowe 40+ DE Ron Yankowski 43 DE Michael Bankston 38 ILB Eric Hill 47 ILB Ronald McKinnon 43 OLB E.J. Junior 52 OLB Mark Arneson 51 CB Roger Wehrli 96+ CB Aeneas Williams 82 SS Tim McDonald 39 FS Kwamie Lassiter 27
Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams
QB Jim Everett 67 RB Marshall Faulk 88 RB Lawrence McCutcheon 73 WR Isaac Bruce 98 WR Torry Holt 93 TE Bob Klein 34+ T Orlando Pace 96 T Jackie Slater 92 G Tom Mack 71+ G Dennis Harrah 64 C Doug C. Smith 63 DT Larry Brooks 77 DT Merlin Olsen 76+ DE Jack Youngblood 122 DE Fred Dryer 77+ ILB Jack Reynolds 69 ILB Carl Ekern 52 OLB Isiah Robertson 90 OLB Jim Youngblood 57 CB LeRoy Irvin 69 CB Todd Lyght 54 SS Dave Elmendorf 71 FS Nolan Cromwell 71
San Francisco 49ers
QB Steve Young 129 RB Roger Craig 85 RB Garrison Hearst 58 WR Jerry Rice 151 WR Terrell Owens 81 TE Brent Jones 67 T Harris Barton 79 T Keith Fahnhorst 78 G Randy Cross 75 G Guy McIntyre 56 C Jesse Sapolu 66 DT Bryant Young 92 DT Michael Carter 67 DE Tommy Hart 63+ DE Cedrick Hardman 58 ILB Mike Walter 46 ILB Frank Nunley 43+ OLB Keena Turner 59 OLB Charles Haley 55 CB Ronnie Lott 101 CB Jimmy Johnson 71+ SS Tim McDonald 49 FS Merton Hanks 60
QB Dave Krieg 78 RB John L. Williams 74 RB Shaun Alexander 68 WR Steve Largent 103 WR Brian Blades 58 TE Itula Mili 22 T Walter Jones 90 T Steve August 47 G Chris Gray 45 G Edwin Bailey 42 C Robbie Tobeck 34 DT Cortez Kennedy 98 DT Joe Nash 77 DE Jacob Green 80 DE Jeff Bryant 70 ILB Fredd Young 40 ILB Lofa Tatupu 35 OLB Chad Brown 55 OLB Keith Butler 50 CB Dave Brown 62 CB Patrick Hunter 40 SS Kenny Easley 64 FS Eugene Robinson 67
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