Updated: Apr 19, 2020
By Chandler Adams
As the decade is coming to a close, I feel that it's important to make an All-Decade team for the beautiful sport of football. Coaches, front offices and players. This particular article is going to be offensive skill players. We will do a OL/DL article following this one!
QB - While the answer seems obvious here, it took some research, but the answer was clear. Aaron Rodgers. With all due respect to the GOAT, Tom Brady, Rodgers is a better quarterback than him. That's just a fact.
Rodgers this decade: 302 TD in 146 games
Brady this decade: 279 TD in 153 games
While Brady is still the undisputed GOAT, Rodgers is a better Quarterback. Why is Rodgers not the GOAT? Brady has been the QB of the most dominate franchise in sports history.
RB1 - Adrian Peterson was the absolute clear cut choice for this team. I don't know that I've ever watched a more dominate running back in the NFL. While his domination started in 2008, it leaked into the early 2010's. He was All-Pro in 2012 & 2015, and in 2012 he was mere yards away from setting the single-season rushing record. He won MVP as a running back. These are his stats this decade.
A.P. - 8,834 yards and 71 TD's
RB2 - LeSean 'Shady' McCoy with 2011 and 2013 All-Pro campaigns, it's hard to keep Shady off the list. Jamaal Charles and Frank Gore were also in the running, but McCoy took the cake. In 2013, he had 2,146 yards from scrimmage. He is reaching 10,000 rushing yards and 13,000 all purpose yards for the decade. That is dominance. Also, imagine a backfield of Adrian Peterson as your beater and Shady as the shifty play-maker. Hot damn, that would be FUN.
WR1 - Antonio Brown as hard as it is to say this, he has been the best WR of the decade, and frankly, it's not even close. Four All-Pro seasons, seven 1,000-yard seasons, three 1,500-yard seasons. This decade he had 841 catches, 11,263 yards, and 75 TD's.
WR2 - Calvin Johnson even though he only played six seasons this decade, he amassed a mind blowing three All-Pro seasons, 538 receptions, 8,548 yards, and 62 TD's. Nothing has been more surprising in the recent past as Megatron's retirement. Possibly the most dominate WR we have seen in the 2000's.
WR3 - Odell Beckham Jr. I already know I'm going to hear "you're biased," and, "he only has the catch," and of course, "you're an idiot." I'm going to tell you right now, if that is you, you aren't looking at the facts. Do not fall for the recency bias of the 2019 season. In his FIRST three seasons he had at least 91 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 TD's in EACH season. He then recorded another 1,000 yard season in 2018 with only 12 games played. Here are the stats/facts that make OBJ the third best receiver of the decade:
69 games played, 6320 receiving yards, 14.1 y/r, 46 TD's, 88 y/g
If you are arguing for Julio Jones or DeAndre Hopkins I understand your point. Before I looked into it, I also thought it would be one of those two. Julio Jones has played twice as many games as OBJ but has less than double the yards Odell has had, and only nine more TD's (wut), but does average seven more yards per game. Hopkins has the same thing going as Julio when going against Odell.
TE1 - Rob Gronkowski and I'm not even going to put anything for this one but his stats:
115 games, receiving 7861 yards, 79 TD's (insane)
TE2 - Travis Kelce he just become the first TE in history to record 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons. He is not the blocker that Gronk is, he's not the red zone machine that Gronk is, but Gronk is the greatest TE of all time, and Kelce is the second best TE of this decade. (Interestingly enough, Greg Olsen was a close second right behind Kelce.)
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