Posted by Doug on July 11, 2008
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 Vinny Testaverde 24 RB Jamal Lewis 54 RB Priest Holmes 17 WR Travis Taylor 24 WR Qadry Ismail 22 TE Todd Heap 39 T Jonathan Ogden 100 T Orlando Brown 30 G Edwin Mulitalo 27 G Jeff Blackshear 21 C Mike Flynn 32 DT Kelly Gregg 47 DT Tony Siragusa 33 DE Rob Burnett 48 DE Michael McCrary 47 ILB Ray Lewis 123 ILB Ed Hartwell 26 OLB Peter Boulware 60 OLB Adalius Thomas 52 CB Chris McAlister 72 CB Duane Starks 23 SS Ed Reed 61 FS Rod Woodson 45
QB Ken Anderson 121 RB James Brooks 71 RB Corey Dillon 54 WR Chad Johnson 73 WR Isaac Curtis 67 TE Rodney Holman 55 T Anthony Munoz 137 T Willie Anderson 86 G Max Montoya 64 G Dave Lapham 46 C Bob Johnson 50+ DT Tim Krumrie 65 DT Mike Reid 47 DE Eddie Edwards 61 DE Ross Browner 51 ILB Jim LeClair 59 ILB Glenn Cameron 45 OLB Reggie Williams 74 OLB James Francis 44 CB Ken Riley 89+ CB Lemar Parrish 77 SS David Fulcher 52 FS Darryl Williams 30
QB Brian Sipe 74 RB Greg Pruitt 68 RB Mike Pruitt 56 WR Reggie Rucker 46 WR Webster Slaughter 39 TE Ozzie Newsome 81 T Doug Dieken 78 T Cody Risien 64 G Robert E. Jackson 48 G Dan Fike 40 C Tom DeLeone 48 DT Michael Dean Perry 71 DT Jerry Sherk 65 DE Rob Burnett 41 DE Carl Hairston 37 ILB Mike Johnson 47 ILB Dick Ambrose 43 OLB Clay Matthews 90 OLB Charlie Hall 51 CB Hanford Dixon 68 CB Frank Minnifield 64 SS Walt Sumner 31+ FS Thom Darden 55
QB Terry Bradshaw 106 RB Franco Harris 101 RB Jerome Bettis 65 WR John Stallworth 80 WR Hines Ward 72 TE Bennie Cunningham 40 T Larry Brown 68 T Jon Kolb 67+ G Alan Faneca 80 G Sam Davis 48+ C Mike Webster 100 DT Joe Greene 120+ DT Gary Dunn 52 DE L.C. Greenwood 95+ DE Dwight White 65 ILB Jack Lambert 114 ILB Levon Kirkland 71 OLB Jack Ham 119 OLB Greg Lloyd 89 CB Mel Blount 111 CB Rod Woodson 104 SS Donnie Shell 89 FS Glen Edwards 50