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 RB/FBs, 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.
QB Steve Bartkowski 69 RB William Andrews 68 RB Warrick Dunn 50 WR Terance Mathis 57 WR Alfred Jenkins 53 TE Alge Crumpler 49 T Mike Kenn 98 T Bob Whitfield 68 G Bill Fralic 54 G R.C. Thielemann 47 C Jeff Van Note 75+ DT Mike Lewis 50 DT Travis Hall 40 DE Claude Humphrey 77+ DE Jeff Merrow 52 ILB Jessie Tuggle 74 ILB Keith Brooking 62 OLB Greg Brezina 60+ OLB Don Hansen 44+ CB Rolland Lawrence 69 CB Deion Sanders 47 SS Ray Brown 45 FS Scott Case 47
QB Steve Beuerlein 44 RB DeShaun Foster 28 RB Tim Biakabutuka 25 WR Muhsin Muhammad 63 WR Steve Smith 54 TE Wesley Walls 49 T Jordan Gross 32 T Chris Terry 23 G Matt Campbell 20 G Mike Wahle 17 C Frank Garcia 27 DT Kris Jenkins 55 DT Brentson Buckner 30 DE Julius Peppers 61 DE Mike Rucker 55 ILB Sam Mills 36 ILB Dan Morgan 30 OLB Kevin Greene 32 OLB Lamar Lathon 31 CB Eric Davis 35 CB Chris Gamble 25 SS Mike Minter 55 FS Deon Grant 22
New Orleans Saints
QB Archie Manning 70 RB Deuce McAllister 51 RB Dalton Hilliard 47 WR Eric Martin 65 WR Joe Horn 61 TE Hoby Brenner 48 T Willie Roaf 75 T Stan Brock 65 G Jim Dombrowski 48 G Brad Edelman 35 C John Hill 44 DT Derland Moore 55 DT La'Roi Glover 43 DE Wayne Martin 66 DE Jim Wilks 63 ILB Sam Mills 74 ILB Vaughan Johnson 59 OLB Rickey Jackson 106 OLB Pat Swilling 79 CB Dave Waymer 61 CB Johnnie Poe 41 SS Sammy Knight 37 FS Tom Myers 49
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Doug Williams 45 RB James Wilder 62 RB Warrick Dunn 53 WR Kevin House 40 WR Mark Carrier 36 TE Jimmie Giles 48 T Paul Gruber 61 T Rob Taylor 34 G Ian Beckles 27 G George Yarno 22 C Tony Mayberry 46 DT Warren Sapp 105 DT David Logan 41 DE Lee Roy Selmon 81 DE Simeon Rice 62 ILB Hardy Nickerson 70 ILB Shelton Quarles 56 OLB Derrick Brooks 134 OLB Cecil Johnson 47 CB Ronde Barber 98 CB Mike Washington 45 SS John Lynch 76 FS Cedric Brown 44
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