Following the trend from around the NFL blogosphere, I decided it was time to name the Chiefs All-Decade team, AP style. We still start by voting for each position and I will be posting polls over the next few days. The data will then be compiled and will comprise the first ever official Arrowhead Pride Chiefs All-Decade team.
We will vote for 11 offensive players and 11 defensive players, as well as HC, GM, LS, KR/PR, P, and K. Players who receive 10% of the vote or more at that position but do not win will be named honorable mention. Once all the positions have been voted on, the winners from each position will be placed in another poll -- Chiefs MVP of the Decade.
I will alternate between offense and defense on my FanPosts since most of the offensive picks are less controversial. We will then hit special teams and the coaching staff. Now its time for defensive ends. To be eligible for voting, the player must have started a game at DE this decade (sorry R-Kal Truluck) and started a majority of their games in the NFL at that position. Two players will be chosen, so the two players that receive the most votes will be named the Chiefs DEs of the Decade. Polls will close in 30 days since I don't know how quickly I will be able to get these polls up.
Player profiles and stats are available after the jump. Feel free to comment to back up (campaign possibly) for your vote. The source for all positions/statistics will be pro-football-reference.com. Thanks for participating and feel free to rec to keep this alive. I know some of these picks may be obvious, but I wanted to keep it democratic nonetheless. If you see someone not listed, please let me know in the comments. Chances are they didn't start a game, or maybe started more games at another position (e.g. DT vs. DE), but I have missed a few.
DISCLAIMER: I know some of these names will bring back some painful memories and possibly a little anger. For some anger management tips, click here.
Here are the winners so far:
- Quarterbacks (Winner: Trent Green - 94%)
- Strong Safeties (Winner: Greg Wesley - 76%)
- Free Safeties (Winner: Jerome Woods - 80%)
- Running Backs (Winner: Priest Holmes - 95%)
- Fullbacks (Winner: Tony Richardson - 97%)
- Cornerbacks (Winners: James Hasty - 44%, Brandon Flowers - 32%)
- Tight Ends (Winner: Tony Gonzalez - 95%)
Polling has closed on these positions so if you didn't get to vote I apologize, but you will just have to wait until next decade. **NOTE** Glenn Dorsey will be listed in the DT poll since he started 16 games there last season, meaning he started the majority of his games at that position this decade and not at DE. Thanks to all who participate!
Duane Clemons :: 3 yrs :: 2000 - 2002
Free agent acquisition from Minnesota prior to the 2000 season. Was the Chiefs primary starter at RDE ofr 3 seasons this decade.
44 G / 43 GS :: 16.5 sacks :: 112 tkls / 30 ast. :: 4 FF / 3 FR :: 1 def. TD
Eric Hicks :: 7 years :: 2000 - 2006
Signed by the Chiefs as an UDRFA from Maryland prior to the 1998 season. Was the Chiefs primary starter at DE for 6 seasons this decade. Currently ranks 5th on the Chiefs all-time sack list.
109 G / 88 GS :: 40.5 sacks :: 222 tkls / 63 ast. :: 5 FF / 3 FR
Rich Owens :: 2 yrs :: 2001 - 2002
Free agent acquisition from Miami prior to the 2001 season. Was primarily a special teams and situational player for the Chiefs, but did start one game at DE.
24 G / 1 GS :: 3.0 sacks :: 21 tkl / 4 ast.
Jared Allen :: 4 yrs :: 2004 - 2007
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 4th round of the 2004 NFL Draft after winning the Buck Buchanan Award his senior year at Idaho State. Was the Chiefs primary starter at DE for 4 seasons this decade, and was elected to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro team in 2007 before being traded to the Minnesota Vikings.
61 G / 55 GS :: 43.0 sacks :: 199 tkls / 29 ast. :: 14 FF / 8 FR :: 1 INT
Vonnie Holliday :: 2 yrs :: 2003 - 2004
FA acquisition from Green Bay prior to the 2003 season. Was the Chiefs primary starter at DE for 2 seasons this decade.
25 G / 19 GS :: 5.5 sacks :: 42 tkls / 9 ast. :: 1 FF
Jimmy Wilkerson :: 5 yrs :: 2003 - 2007
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 6th round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Was primarily a special teams player and situational pass rusher for the Chiefs. Has since resurrected his career at Tampa Bay.
72 G / 5 GS :: 1.0 sack :: 78 tkls / 16 ast. :: 1 FR
Carlos Hall :: 1 yr :: 2005
FA acquisition from Tennessee in 2005. Played primarily on special teams and as a situational pass rusher for the Chiefs, but did start 2 games at DE.
14 G / 2 GS :: 1.0 sack :: 11 tkls / 3 ast. :: 2 FF
Tamba Hali :: 3 yrs :: 2006 - 2008
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Was the Chiefs primary stater at DE for three seasons this decade.
47 G / 47 GS :: 18.5 sacks :: 134 tkls / 39 ast. :: 10 FF / 2 FR :: 1 INT
Turk McBride :: 2 yrs :: 2007 - 2008
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 2nd round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Was primarily a situational player for the Chiefs, but did start some games. Currently playing in Detroit under Gunther Cunningham.
25 G / 10 GS :: 1.0 sack :: 36 tkl / 19 ast. :: 1 FF / 2 FR
Jason Babin :: 1 yr :: 2008
Claimed off waivers from Seattle in 2008. Was a starter and situational pass rusher at DE for the Chiefs. Currently playing in Philadelphia.
7 G / 4 GS :: 2.0 sacks :: 25 tkls / 6 ast.
Tyson Jackson :: 1 yr :: 2009 - Current
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Has been the Chiefs primary starter at LDE for the 2009 season, opposite Glenn Dorsey.
16 G / 14 GS :: 27 tkls / 11 ast.
Alex Magee :: 1 yr :: 2009 - Current
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 3rd round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Has played primarily on special teams and as a situational player, but did start a game filling in for injury.
15 G / 1 GS :: 2.0 sacks :: 6 tkls / 2 ast.