Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
It's Day 1 of ESPN.com's all-decade week -- for this decade. Mike Sando, who spearheaded this summer project, leads us off with the all-decade defense. We'll unveil the starting offense Tuesday, and I'll be blogging on that topic throughout the day.
But for now, let's focus our attention on the defense. I was responsible for talking to numerous coaches, players and personnel types to come up with the best safeties of the decade. I made a strong argument for Brian Dawkins during those discussions, but it became very clear that Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu would prevail. I was a bit surprised that former Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent was named to the team, but he was a remarkable player in the first part of the decade.
Here are the players with NFC East ties who made the team:
DE Michael Strahan, Giants
DE Jason Taylor (I know, I know)
CB Champ Bailey, Redskins
CB Troy Vincent, Eagles and Redskins
The only name that really bothers me not being on the list is Dawkins. I think he's a potential Hall of Fame player, although the voters haven't been kind to safeties. But you could also make a very strong argument for John Lynch. At the start of the decade, he was the measuring stick for drafting safeties.
And I should mention that the late Sean Taylor was remarkable during his time in the league.