It's probably presumptive to assume this post is worth $12.95, but that was the price of Web access from seat 21C on my Delta flight to Atlanta, and I'll try to expense it.
The in-seat tracking screen shows our plane rocketing across Northeastern Wyoming.
This post will conclude the series examining the best NFC West players from 2000 to 2009. I suppose we could look at the coaches as well, but Mike Holmgren's longevity and overall success would make him the logical choice, followed by Ken Whisenhunt. Links and quick summaries:
Offensive line: "The Seahawks' Walter Jones was probably the best offensive lineman in the NFL during the first decade of the 2000s."
Wide receivers: "Torry Holt set the standard for NFC West receivers during the first decade of the 2000s."
Quarterbacks. "(Kurt) Warner prevailed as the highest-rated passer among the four quarterbacks with at least 10,000 yards for NFC West teams during the decade."
Running backs: "Shaun Alexander stands above all others as the NFC West's most productive runner during the first decade of the 2000s."
Tight ends: "The 49ers' Vernon Davis stood above all other NFC West tight ends during the first decade of the 2000s."
Safeties: "The Cardinals' Adrian Wilson stands above all other NFC West safeties for his efforts during the first decade of the 2000s."
Cornerbacks: "No other NFC West cornerback from 2000 to 2009 could match Williams' accomplishments."
Linebackers: "No NFC West linebacker started more games or earned as many Pro Bowl berths as Julian Peterson during the first decade of the 2000s."
Defensive line: "Defensive end Leonard Little and defensive tackle Bryant Young stood out to me as the NFC West's best defensive linemen at their positions in the first decade of the 2000s."
Punters: "The 49ers' Andy Lee stood out as the best NFC West punter for the first decade of the 2000s."
Kickers: "Josh Brown emerges as the winner, but like I said, it's tough to go wrong picking from this group."