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 Jim Kelly 102 RB Thurman Thomas 110 RB O.J. Simpson 87+ WR Andre Reed 96 WR Eric Moulds 69 TE Pete Metzelaars 39 T Joe Devlin 60 T Ken Jones 50 G Joe DeLamielleure 63 G Ruben Brown 63 C Kent Hull 73 DT Fred Smerlas 81 DT Ted Washington 52 DE Bruce Smith 139 DE Phil Hansen 63 ILB Shane Conlan 50 ILB Jim Haslett 41 OLB Cornelius Bennett 71 OLB Darryl Talley 64 CB Charles Romes 54 CB Nate Odomes 49 SS Henry Jones 57 FS Tony Greene 52
QB Dan Marino 146 RB Tony Nathan 59 RB Larry Csonka 58+ WR Nat Moore 80 WR Mark Duper 76 TE Bruce Hardy 39 T Richmond Webb 97 T Norm Evans 54+ G Larry Little 95+ G Bob Kuechenberg 77 C Jim Langer 80 DT Bob Baumhower 90 DT Tim Bowens 63 DE Jason Taylor 109 DE Vern Den Herder 74 ILB Zach Thomas 111 ILB John Offerdahl 57 OLB Larry Gordon 51 OLB Doug Swift 47 CB Sam Madison 79 CB Curtis Johnson 55 SS Dick Anderson 63+ FS Jake Scott 72
New England Patriots
QB Tom Brady 91 RB Sam Cunningham 60 RB Tony Collins 47 WR Stanley Morgan 80 WR Troy Brown 54 TE Ben Coates 58 T Bruce Armstrong 85 T Matt Light 59 G John Hannah 105 G Sam Adams 44 C Bill Lenkaitis 50+ DT Ray Hamilton 53 DT Tim Goad 41 DE Willie McGinest 71 DE Richard Seymour 69 ILB Steve Nelson 70 ILB Tedy Bruschi 66 OLB Andre Tippett 90 OLB Chris Slade 51 CB Raymond Clayborn 75 CB Mike Haynes 73 SS Lawyer Milloy 56 FS Fred Marion 49
New York Jets
QB Ken O'Brien 71 RB Curtis Martin 79 RB Freeman McNeil 78 WR Wesley Walker 72 WR Wayne Chrebet 55 TE Jerome Barkum 62 T Marvin Powell 78 T Winston Hill 48+ G Randy Rasmussen 60+ G Dan Alexander 60 C Joe Fields 67 DT Joe Klecko 71 DT Marty Lyons 50 DE Mark Gastineau 80 DE Shaun Ellis 47 ILB Kyle Clifton 56 ILB Marvin Jones 52 OLB Mo Lewis 88 OLB Lance Mehl 44 CB Aaron Glenn 53 CB James Hasty 42 SS Victor Green 47 FS Burgess Owens 36
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