On Thursday, NFL.com released it’s All-AFC West team. While this is nothing more than a projection for the 2015 (and a reflection on years past) it can provide for some fun back and forth.
In his piece, Dave Dameshek listed a quarterback, running back, three receivers, a tight end and the five line positions on offense. On defense, there Dameshek used a 3-4 alignment with a typical secondary and special teams players.
Of the 25 possible spots, the Kansas City Chiefs claimed eight, with the Denver Broncos getting nine. The San Diego Chargers factored in with six while the Oakland Raiders rounded out the proceedings with two.
For the Chiefs, they saw Jamaal Charles, Ben Grubbs, Jeremy Maclin, Dustin Colquitt, De’Anthony Thomas (returner), Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston and Dontari Poe make the list. This seems to be accurate, although I would vehemently argue that Sean Smith needs to be on this list instead of Brandon Flowers. I have no problem with Chris Harris Jr. making it, he’s a tremendous player, but Smith had a much-much better year than the older Flowers.
The most curious decision – not to keep picking on San Diego – was to put Melvin Ingram in at defensive end. Ingram has been in the league for three seasons and never had more than four sacks. Frankly, how did Corey Liuget not get the nod over his much less-accomplished teammate? Liuget is a very good player and one of the more underrated in the league.
Dameshek also had this to say about Charles, something that is starkly accurate:
"The future Hall of Famer means as much to his team’s offense as any non-QB in the league; he’s even more important than his quarterback, the underrated Alex Smith."
What say you, Addicts? Was Dameshek right on the money, or did he miss a couple of obvious names? Let us know in the comments below.