NFL All-Decade Team 2010s

Before we begin… I just want to say I started thinking about this over the weekend, and said to a friend of mine “why doesn’t the NBA do this?” Then less than 2 days later, another friend shares a tweet with me with an NBA.com article that did it… The lesson here is to post good ideas when you have them.

With that in mind, I’m posting my NFL All-Decade Team before it’s too late.

Okay, well, technically it’s early.

There have been 9 seasons played in this current decade, and 2019 could change a few things on this list, but for the most part, I think you’ll find the majority of players here will ultimately make the NFL’s true All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

That’s an honor that almost guarantees you make it into the Hall of Fame (not a foregone conclusion, but a huge step in the right direction).

Before I begin, lets go over what we’ll see.

The NFL All-Decade Team is essentially an All-Pro Team for the decade. There’s two teams, each consisting of the following: QB, two RBs, FB, two WRs, TE, two Ts, two Gs, and C (offense); two DEs, two DTs, three LBs, two CBs, and two Ss (defense); K, P, KR, PR (special teams); coach.

Feel free to call me out later.


First Team

Offense

QB: Tom Brady

  • 3-time Super Bowl Champion (2014, 2016, 2018), 2-time Super Bowl MVP (2014, 2016), 2-time NFL MVP (2010, 2017), 9 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2018), 2- time First Team All-Pro (2010, 2017), Second Team All-Pro (2016)

RB: Adrian Peterson

  • NFL MVP (2012), 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2010, 2012-2013, 2015) 2-time First Team All-Pro (2012, 2015), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2010, 2013)

RB: LeSean McCoy

  • 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2011, 2013-2017), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2011, 2013)

FB: Mike Tolbert

  • 3 Pro Bowl appearances (2013, 2015-2016), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2013, 2015)

WR: Antonio Brown

  • 7 Pro Bowl appearances (2011, 2013-2018), 4-time First Team All-Pro (2014-2017), Second Team All-Pro (2013)

WR: Julio Jones

  • 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2012, 2014-2018), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2015, 2016), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2017, 2018)

TE: Rob Gronkowski

  • 3-time Super Bowl Champion (2014, 2016, 2018), 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2017), 4-time First Team All-Pro (2011, 2014-2015, 2017), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2014)

T: Joe Thomas

  • 7 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2016), 6-time First Team All-Pro (2010-2011, 2013-2016), Second Team All-Pro (2012)

T: Tyron Smith

  • 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2013-2018), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2014, 2016), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2013, 2015)

C: Maurkice Pouncey

  • 7 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2012, 2014, 2016-2018), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2011, 2014), 3-time Second Team All-Pro (2010, 2012, 2018)

G: Zack Martin

  • 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2014-2018), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2014, 2016, 2018), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2015, 2017)

G: Marshal Yanda

  • Super Bowl Champion (2012), 7 Pro Bowl appearances (2011-2016, 2018), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2014-2015), 4-time Second Team All-Pro (2011-2012, 2016, 2018)

Defense

DE: J.J. Watt

  • 3-time Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014-2015), 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2012-2015, 2018), 5-time First Team All-Pro (2012-2015, 2018), Walter Payton Man of the Year (2017)

DE: Khalil Mack

  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2016), 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2015-2018), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2015-2016, 2018)

DT: Aaron Donald

  • 2-time Defensive Player of the Year (2017-2018), 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2014-2018), 4-time First Team All-Pro (2015-2018), NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2014)

DT: Ndamukong Suh

  • 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2010, 2012-2014, 2016), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2010, 2013-2014), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2012, 2016), NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2010)

LB: Von Miller

  • Super Bowl Champion (2015), Super Bowl MVP (2015), 7 Pro Bowl appearances (2011-2012, 2014-2018), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2012, 2015-2016), 4-time Second Team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2017-2018), NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2011)

LB: Bobby Wagner

  • Super Bowl Champion (2013), 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2014-2018), 4-time First Team All-Pro (2014, 2016-2018), Second Team All-Pro (2015)

LB: Luke Kuechly 

  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2013), 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2013-2018), 5-time First Team All-Pro (2013-2015, 2017-2018), Second Team All-Pro (2016), NFL Rookie of the Year (2012)

CB: Patrick Peterson

  • 8 Pro Bowl appearances (2011-2018), 4-time First Team All-Pro (2011, 2013, 2015, 2018)

CB: Darrelle Revis

  • Super Bowl Champion (2014), 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2011, 2013-2015), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2010-2011, 2014)

S: Earl Thomas

  • Super Bowl Champion (2013), 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2011-2015, 2017), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2012-2014), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2011, 2017)

S: Eric Weddle

  • 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2011, 2013-2014, 2016-2018), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2011, 2014), 3-time Second Team All-Pro (2010, 2012-2013)

Special Teams

K: Stephen Gostkowski

  • 3-time Super Bowl Champion (2014, 2016, 2018), 3 Pro Bowl appearances (2013-2015), First Team All-Pro (2015), Second Team All-Pro (2015)

P: Johnny Hekker

  • 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2013, 2015-2017), 4-time First Team All-Pro (2013, 2015-2017), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2014, 2018)

KR: Cordarrelle Patterson

  • Super Bowl Champion (2018), 2 Pro Bowl appearances (2013, 2016), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2013, 2016), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2015, 2018)

PR: Darren Sproles

  • Super Bowl Champion (2017), 3 Pro Bowl appearances (2014-2016), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2014-2015)

Coach

Bill Belichick

  • 3-time Super Bowl Champion (2014, 2016, 2018), 5-time AFC Champion (2011, 2014, 2016-2018), NFL Coach of the Year (2010)

Second Team

Offense

QB: Aaron Rodgers

  • Super Bowl Champion (2010), Super Bowl MVP (2010), 2-time NFL MVP (2011, 2014), 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2011-2012, 2014-2016, 2018), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2011, 2014), Second Team All-Pro (2012)

RB: Marshawn Lynch

  • Super Bowl Champion (2013), 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2011-2014), First Team All-Pro (2012), Second Team All-Pro (2014)

RB: Le’Veon Bell

  • 3 Pro Bowl appearances (2014, 2016-2017), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2014, 2017), Second Team All-Pro (2016)

FB: Marcel Reece

  • 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2012-2015), Second Team All-Pro (2013)

WR: Calvin Johnson

  • 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2015), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2011-2013), Second Team All-Pro (2010)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald

  • 7 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2013, 2015-2017), Second Team All-Pro (2011), Walter Payton Man of the Year (2016)

TE: Travis Kelce

  • 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2015-2018), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2016, 2018), Second Team All-Pro (2017)

T: Jason Peters

  • Super Bowl Champion (2017), 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2011, 2013-2016), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2011, 2013), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2010, 2014)

T: Andrew Whitworth

  • 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2012, 2015-2017), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2015, 2017), Second Team All-Pro (2014)

C: Alex Mack

  • 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2010, 2013, 2015-2018), 3-time Second Team All-Pro (2013, 2016-2017)

G: Jahri Evans

  • 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2014), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2010-2012), Second Team All-Pro (2013)

G: Logan Mankins

  • 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2013, 2015), First Team All-Pro (2010), 3-time Second Team All-Pro (2011-2013)

Defense

DE: Cameron Wake

  • 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2010, 2012-2014, 2016), First Team All-Pro (2012), 3-time Second Team All-Pro (2010, 2014, 2016)

DE: Calais Campbell

  • 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2014-2015, 2017-2018), First Team All-Pro (2017), Second Team All-Pro (2014, 2016)

DT: Gerald McCoy

  • 6 Pro Bowl appearances (2012-2017), 3-time Firs Team All-Pro (2012-2014), Second Team All-Pro (2016)

DT: Geno Atkins

  • 7 Pro Bowl appearances (2011-2012, 2014-2018), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2012, 2015), Second Team All-Pro (2011)

LB: NaVorro Bowman

  • 3 Pro Bowl appearances (2012-2013, 2015), 4-time First Team All-Pro (2011-2013, 2015)

LB: DeMarcus Ware

  • Super Bowl Champion (2015), 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2012, 2014-2015), First Team All-Pro (2011), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2010, 2012)

LB: Patrick Willis

  • 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2010-2013), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2010-2012)

CB: Richard Sherman

  • Super Bowl Champion (2013), 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2013-2016), 3-time First Team All-Pro, Second Team All-Pro (2015)

CB: Aqib Talib

  • Super Bowl Champion (2015), 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2013-2017), First Team All-Pro (2016), Second Team All-Pro (2013)

S: Eric Berry

  • 5 Pro Bowl appearances (2010, 2012-2013, 2015-2016), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2013, 2015-2016), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2015)

S: Kam Chancellor

  • Super Bowl Champion (2013), 4 Pro Bowl appearances (2011, 2013-2015), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2013-2014)

Special Teams

K: Justin Tucker

  • Super Bowl Champion (2012), 2 Pro Bowl appearances (2013, 2016), 3-time First Team All-Pro (2013, 2016, 2018), Second Team All-Pro (2017)

P: Andy Lee

  • Pro Bowl appearance (2011), 2-time First Team All-Pro (2011-2012)

KR: Tyler Lockett

  • Pro Bowl appearance (2015), First Team All-Pro (2015), 2-time Second Team All-Pro (2016-2017)

PR: Devin Hester

  • 2 Pro Bowl appearances (2010, 2014), First Team All-Pro (2010), Second Team All-Pro (2011)

Coach

Pete Carroll

  • Super Bowl Champion (2013), 2-time NFC Champion (2013-2014)

At several points, I found myself debating between a player that was good for a longer period of time, versus a player that was great for a shorter amount of time. For example, for the QB position on the second team, I considered Peyton Manning, and have found people think he had a better decade, but I think although Rodgers might not match up at Manning’s peak (2012-2014), playing better for more years gives him the edge.

Other debates I had:

  • Darrelle Revis versus Richard Sherman for the second CB spot on the First Team
    • Their accolades are close, but based on my eye test, I think Revis instilled more fear into receivers, and that gave him the edge
  • Le’veon Bell for the second RB spot on the Second Team
    • This is a spot I had Frank Gore in for awhile, since Gore has the second most rushing yards of the decade, but that’s longevity playing a role. I think Bell has been the better player, although at most he’ll have played 5+ seasons in the decade; I think Bell could make another All-Pro team and clinch this debate
  • Logan Mankins for the second G spot on the Second Team
    • I had David DeCastro here first, but found myself pulling for Mankins to make the team. I might be biased, but at the moment, Mankins has made more Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams this decade (although DeCastro has made more First Team All-Pro appearances). This could be a case where one more good season from DeCastro bumps Mankins from the list
  • Pete Carroll as the second coach
    • Belichick is really far and away the best coach. I mean who am I supposed to put here? I think the Seahawks have been the second most consistent team of the decade (and Carroll is the only other head coach to lead his team to 2 Super Bowls so far this decade), so I rewarded him for that. Maybe if the Steelers won the Super Bowl this season Tomlin gets in (same for Any Reid or John Harbaugh), but right now, Carroll has the better body of work in my eyes; not too shabby for one of the top college football coaches of the 2000s
  • Fullback
    • Yeah I could be completely off here, but I tried to find the most accomplished players at the position for the decade

Other players considered:

  • Peyton Manning, Frank Gore, David DeCastro, Julius Peppers, Shane Lechler, Julian Edelman (PR), Clay Matthews, C.J. Mosley, Wes Welker, Deandre Hopkins, Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez, John Kuhn, Jamaal Charles, Todd Gurley, Travis Federick, Ryan Kalil, Trent Williams, Max Unger, Matt Prater, Adam Vinatieri, David Akers

Players/coaches I picked that would be making their second All-Decade Team

  • Tom Brady
  • Bill Belichick
  • DeMarcus Ware
  • Devin Hester

Credit to photo above goes to Elsa of Getty Images

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