My 2011 All-AFC East Defense

I did the offense yesterday, defense today.  I will use a 3-4 defense since 3 of the 4 teams in the East use a 3-4, just like I did for my mid-season team (here).  Here they are:

Defensive Ends

Patriots DE Andre Carter

  • 1st team – Andre Carter, New England Patriots (52 tackles, 10.0 sacks, 5 TFL, 2 FF) – Carter may not be able to help the Patriots in their playoff run but there is no doubt that he had a resurgence in New England this season.  He finished the year with 10 sacks in all and put constant pressure on the quarterback.  (1st half – Carter)
  • 1st team – Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets (49 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 9 TFL, 1 FF) – Wilkerson was an unsung member of the Jets front 7.  His 9 tackles for a loss led all defenders in the AFC East.  He also added 3 sacks and a forced fumble to his resume. (1st half – Dwan Edwards, Bills)
  • 2nd team – Mark Anderson, New England Patriots (29 tackles, 10.0 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 FF, 1 FR) – The former Bear also enjoyed a resurgence in New England, pairing with Carter as the division’s only double digit sack men. (1st half – Anderson)
  • 2nd team – Randy Starks, Miami Dolphins (34 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 2 INT) – Starks’ 4.5 sacks and 2 INTs are both numbers you usually don’t see from a 3-4 end.  His 5 tackles for a loss were a good number too. (1st half – Wilkerson)

Defensive Tackles

Patriots DT Vince Wilfork

  • 1st team – Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots (52 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 2 INT, 1 FF, 2 FR) – Wilfork may have had his best season yet with the Pats, and he’s had a lot of good ones already.  It was his most versatile.  Who could forget him rumbling down the field on his two INTs?  (1st half – Wilfork)
  • 2nd team – Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills (43 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 4 TFL, 1 FR) – The rookie from Alabama moved to the inside early in the season and was a force, getting to the QB 5.5 times up the middle.  Should make a formidable duo with the returning Kyle Williams next season.  (1st half – Dareus)

Outside Linebackers

Dolphins OLB Cameron Wake

  • 1st team – Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins (42 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 6 TFL, 3 PD) – The former CFL stand-out continues to produce in the NFL.  Wake added another 8.5 sacks to his resume, a high among AFC East linebackers.  (1st half – Wake)
  • 1st team – Calvin Pace, New York Jets (72 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PD, 3 FF, 1 FR) – Pace had another productive season on the outside for the Jets.  His 7 tackles for a loss ranked 1st among all AFC East OLBs.  He also produced 4 turnovers for the Jets defense.  (1st half – Pace)
  • 2nd team – Rob Ninkovich, New England Patriots (74 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 INT, 4 PD, 1 FF, 3 FR) – Ninkovich came out of nowhere, as many Pats’ defenders do.  His 6.5 sacks was second only to Wake for LBs in the division and he was equally as effective in pass coverage (1st half – Ninkovich)
  • 2nd team – Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots (95 tackles, 1 sack, 4 TFL, 2 INT, 4 PD, 1 FF) – Mayo became more versatile in his first year on the outside.  He recorded the first two INTs of his career in the second half of the season.  (1st half – Mayo)

Inside Linebackers

Bills ILB Nick Barnett

  • 1st team – Nick Barnett, Buffalo Bills (130 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 8 TFL, 3 INT, 5 PD, 1 FF) – The Bills’ defense was not good so many people didn’t notice how productive Barnett was in his 1st year in Buffalo.  His 130 tackles lead the whole division and he gave the Bills 3 sacks and 3 interceptions, including one run back for a TD against the Eagles (1st half – Barnett)
  • 1st team – David Harris, New York Jets (86 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 4 TFL, 4 INT, 9 PD) – David Harris might be one of the best middle linebackers in the league.  He is easily the best pass defender, as his 4 INTs and 9 passes defended can attest to.  He also had the high sack total for ILBs in the division (1st half – Harris)
  • 2nd team – Bart Scott, New York Jets (66 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR) – Scott may be known more for his mouth but he can play too.  His 4.5 sacks were only a half a sack less than Harris.  He is not as versatile as Harris is but he’s still productive.  (1st half – Scott)
  • 2nd team - Karlos Dansby, Miami Dolphins (103 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 8 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PD, 1 FF) – Dansby edges out his teammate Kevin Burnett for the last spot.  Dansby played well behind the line with 8 tackles for a loss.  (1st half – Kevin Burnett, Dolphins)

Cornerbacks

Jets CB Darrelle Revis

  • 1st team – Darrelle Revis, New York Jets (52 tackles, 1 TFL, 4 INT, 21 PD) – There is not much argument to be made for Revis not to be at this spot.  His 21 passes defensed out-paces anyone else in the division by 8.  He also added a 100 yard TD return among his 4 passes intercepted on the season.  He’s still the best CB in the league (1st half – Revis)
  • 1st team – Kyle Arrington, New England Patriots (88 tackles, 1 TFL, 7 INT, 13 PD, 1 FR) – Arrington had an inconsistent year in coverage but he led the division in picks and only Revis had more passes defended than Arrington’s 13.  He was the high man in tackles for CBs in the division but that’s not always a good thing (1st half – Arrington)
  • 2nd team – Drayton Florence, Buffalo Bills (50 tackles, 3 INT, 12 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR) – Florence was again a consistent performer for the Bills, producing 4 turnovers and running one back for a TD.  (1st half – Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo Bills)
  • 2nd team – Vontae Davis, Miami Dolphins (43 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 TFL, 4 INT, 8 PD) – Davis shook off a subpar first half to bounce back with 4 INTs and 8 passes defensed in all.  (1st half – Antonio Cromartie, Jets)

Strong Safeties

Dolphins SS Yeremiah Bell

  • 1st team – Yeremiah Bell, Miami Dolphins (107 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 INT, 4 PD, 1 FR) – Bell was the spark plug for the Dolphins secondary that played much better in the 2nd half of the year.  His 107 tackles were most for a safety in the division.  (1st half – Wilson)
  • 2nd team – George Wilson, Buffalo Bills (106 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 5 PD, 1 FF) – Wilson missed some time in the middle of the year but finished with only 1 less tackle than Bell and produced 4 turnovers.  (1st half – Bell)

Free Safeties

Bills FS Jairus Byrd

  • 1st team – Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills (98 tackles, 1.0 sack, 4 TFL, 3 INT, 8 PD, 3 FF, 1 FR) – Byrd had a monster season for the Bills.  He produced 6 turnovers in all and his 4 tackles for a loss was best among safeties in the division.  He also added a sack for good measure.  (1st half – Byrd)
  • 2nd team – Eric Smith, New York Jets (89 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PD, 1 FR) – Smith was particularly active at the line of scrimmage for a safety with the 2 1/2 sacks and 3 tackles for a loss.  (1st half – Patrick Chung, Patriots)

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