My 2011 All-AFC East Offense

I did this at mid-season so it should be interesting to see how much has changed since then.  Same drill as before, there is a 1st team guy and a 2nd team guy.  I’ll put my mid-season guys (which you could read here) at the end of the write-ups.  Defense is tomorrow.

Quarterbacks

Patriots QB Tom Brady

  • 1st team – Tom Brady, New England Patriots (401 of 611, 5,235 yards, 39 TDs, 12 INTs, 65.6 comp. %, 105.6% QBR) – Maybe some day another one of the AFC East QB’s will challenge for this honor but for now it’s all Brady.  His 2nd half was better than his first, he had only two interceptions during the last 8 games.  He is also 2nd all-time for yards in a single season, right behind Drew Brees.  He also became the third quarterback to ever throw for 5,000 yards in a season.  He once again played his team to the AFC East Championship as well as the #1 seed in the AFC.  Until someone can prove that they are in his league he will command the top spot in the AFC East.  (1st half – Brady)
  • 2nd team – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills (353 of 569, 3,382 yards, 24 TDs, 23 INTs, 62.0 comp. %, 79.1% QBR) – Fitzpatrick and the Bills may have had a brutal 2nd half of the season but injuries felled many of his offensive support.  He’s the first Bills QB to start all 16 games since J.P. Losman in 2006.  (1st half – Fitzpatrick)

Running Backs

Dolphins RB Reggie Bush

  • 1st team – Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins (216 car. for 1,086 yards, 5.0 avg., 6 TDs, 1,382 total yards) – Bush came on strong after a disappointing 1st half and lived up to the potential that the Dolphins had bought in the off season.  Bush carried the load for the Dolphins in a 2nd half of the season in which the Dolphins won 5 of their 8 games.  Bush hopefully proved that he could be an every down back in this league.  He’ll have to keep it up going into next year with the Dolphins.  (1st half – Fred Jackson, Bills)
  • 2nd team – Shonn Greene, New York Jets (253 car., 1,052 yards, 4.2 avg., 6 TDs, 1,265 total yards) – Greene shook off a tough 1st half of his own to wind up having a productive 2011 season.  He need to find a new partner in the running game next year after LT is gone.  (1st half – BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots)

Fullbacks

Dolphins FB Charles Clay

  • 1st team – Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (16 cat. for 233 yards, 3 TDs, 12 1Ds) – Clay came out of nowhere in the 2nd half of the season for the Dolphins, catching 12 first downs and 3 TDs.  He didn’t rush the ball once but made his presence felt in both the run and pass games.  (1st half – Conner)
  • 2nd team  – John Conner, New York Jets (13 car. for 44 yards, 3.4 avg., 1 TD, 53 total yards) – Conner contributes with the ball when he can but his biggest asset is his bruising blocking style in the Jets run game.  (1st half – Corey McIntyre, Bills)

Wide Receivers

Patriots WR Wes Welker

  • 1st team – Wes Welker, New England Patriots (122 cat. for 1,569 yards, 9 TDs, 77 1Ds) – Welker keeps chugging along with his 100+ reception, 1,000+ yard seasons.  Welker did himself well in a free agent year.  His 77 catches for 1st downs were tied for 1st in the league with Calvin Johnson and Roddy White.  He barely missed the 10 TD mark, scoring 9 times on the season.  (1st half  – Welker)
  • 1st team – Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins (81 cat. for 1,214 yards, 6 TDs, 53 1Ds) – Marshall is as a consistent receiver as there is since his days in Denver.  His 2nd season in Miami yielded him Pro Bowl honors.  His 6 TDs seem low for a guy of his size and speed but Miami did have QB issues for much of the season.  (1st half – Marshall)
  • 2nd team – Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills (76 cat. for 1,004 yards, 7 TDs, 45 1Ds) – Johnson may have played his way out of Buffalo with his benching in Week 17 but there was no doubt that he was Fitzpatrick’s go-to-guy.  (1st half – Johnson)
  • 2nd team – David Nelson, Buffalo Bills (61 cat. for 658 yards, 5 TDs, 32 1Ds) – Nelson may not be the fastest receiver but he was a very productive one.  More than half of his catches were for 1st downs.  (1st half – Nelson)

Tight Ends

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski

  • 1st team – Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (90 cat. for 1,327 yards, 17 TDs, 69 1Ds) – Gronkowski had the most prolific season for a tight end in NFL history.  The numbers are astounding.  69 1st down catches on 90 in all.  17 TD is a huge number for a tight end.  And to think that he’s only in his 2nd season.  (1st half – Gronkowski)
  • 2nd team – Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots (79 cat. for 910 yards, 7 TDs, 46 1Ds) – Hernandez was equally as impressive as Gronkowski in the 2nd half of the season.  (1st half – Dustin Keller, Jets)

Tackles

Dolphins T Jake Long

  • 1st team – Jake Long, Miami Dolphins – Long has consistently been one of the best left tackles in the game since he was drafted #1 overall by the Dolphins.  He missed a few games at the end of the year but he still anchors what is a pretty good offensive line (1st half – Long)
  • 1st team – Wayne Hunter, New York Jets – Hunter had another solid season as the most underrated member of the Jets offensive line.  The Jets running game to the right side was effective and Hunter is a rock in the passing game.  (1st half – Hunter)
  • 2nd team – Matt Light, New England Patriots – Although he was plagued by injury problems for much of the year Light had his best year in a while protecting Brady’s blind side.  (1st half – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets)
  • 2nd team – Erik Pears, Buffalo Bills – Pears was the only member of the Bills’ offensive line to start all 16 games at the same position.  He was inconsistent in the pass game but was a mauler in the run game (1st half – Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots)

Guards

Bills G Andy Levitre

  • 1st team – Andy Levitre, Buffalo Bills – Levitre was one of the best left guards in football when he played there.  He spent a few games at left tackle and then one at center but he did his best work at guard.  There may not be a guard in the NFL who can pull or set up a screen as good as Levitre.  (1st half – Levitre)
  • 1st team – Brian Waters, New England Patriots – Waters had a stellar season for an old guy that was signed right before the season started.  He’s been consistent in the run game and has held his own in pass protection as well.  The Chiefs likely regret letting him walk.  (1st half – Waters)
  • 2nd team – Logan Mankins, New England Patriots – Mankins wasn’t as good as he usually was, but he was still pretty good.  He earned another Pro Bwl berth and a new contract.  (1st half – Mankins)
  • 2nd team – Vernon Carey, Miami Dolphins – Carey was consistent in his first year at guard with the Dolphins.  He swung inside after the Dolphins signed Marc Columbo and didn’t miss a beat (1st half – Carey)

Centers

Jets C Nick Mangold

  • 1st team – Nick Mangold, New York Jets – Mangold is the best center in the NFL.  It was evidenced when he was hurt with a high ankle sprain early in the year and the Jets offense was dismal without him.  The Jets are a totally different team with him in the lineup.  (1st half – Mangold)
  • 2nd team – Mike Pouncey, Miami Dolphins – Pouncey may not be as good as his brother in Pittsburgh but he lasted most of the season and played pretty well.  (1st half – Eric Wood, Buffalo Bills)

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