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 Roger Staubach 102+ RB Emmitt Smith 126 RB Tony Dorsett 103 WR Michael Irvin 105 WR Drew Pearson 78 TE Billy Joe DuPree 58 T Rayfield Wright 83+ T Erik Williams 71 G Larry Allen 85 G Nate Newton 73 C Tom Rafferty 65 DT Randy White 121 DT Jethro Pugh 61+ DE Too Tall Jones 97 DE Harvey Martin 82 ILB Bob Breunig 65 ILB Lee Roy Jordan 61+ OLB D.D. Lewis 63+ OLB Dexter Coakley 61 CB Mel Renfro 67+ CB Everson Walls 65 SS Darren Woodson 78 FS Cliff Harris 84
New York Giants
QB Phil Simms 90 RB Tiki Barber 99 RB Ron A. Johnson 54+ RB Rodney Hampton 54 WR Amani Toomer 63 WR Chris Calloway 37 TE Bob Tucker 59 T Brad Benson 53 T Doug Riesenberg 51 G Doug Van Horn 50+ G William Roberts 45 C Bart Oates 54 DT Keith Hamilton 72 DT John Mendenhall 47 DE Michael Strahan 121 DE Leonard Marshall 65 ILB Harry Carson 93 ILB Brian Kelley 59 OLB Lawrence Taylor 139 OLB Jessie Armstead 68 CB Mark Haynes 61 CB Perry Williams 50 SS Beasley Reece 35 FS Terry Kinard 45
QB Donovan McNabb 87 [Randall Cunningham = 86] RB Wilbert Montgomery 71 RB Brian Westbrook 58 WR Harold Carmichael 79 WR Mike Quick 45 TE Keith Jackson 37 T Jerry Sisemore 68 T Tra Thomas 61 G Wade Key 38 G Ron Baker 37 C Guy Morriss 52 DT Charlie Johnson 55 DT Jerome Brown 48 DE Reggie White 112 DE Clyde Simmons 68 ILB Bill Bergey 69+ ILB Jeremiah Trotter 62 OLB Seth Joyner 61 OLB William Thomas 58 CB Eric Allen 73 CB Troy Vincent 71 SS Randy Logan 68 FS Brian Dawkins 87
QB Joe Theismann 87 RB Larry Brown 71+ RB John Riggins 58 WR Art Monk 91 WR Gary Clark 76 TE Jerry Smith 43+ T Joe Jacoby 83 T George Starke 62 G Russ Grimm 63 G Mark May 46 C Len Hauss 58+ DT Dave Butz 81 DT Diron Talbert 71+ DE Charles Mann 80 DE Ron McDole 63+ DE Dexter Manley 63 ILB Neal Olkewicz 58 ILB Harold McLinton 54+ OLB Chris Hanburger 91+ OLB Wilber Marshall 54 CB Darrell Green 103 CB Mike Bass 52+ SS Ken Houston 81+ FS Mark H. Murphy 40 FS Brig Owens 40+
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