By John Turney
1915-25, the 1920s, the 1925-35 period, the 1930s, 1935-45, the 1940s, 1945-55 the 1950s, 1955-65, the 1960s, 1965-75, the 1970s, 1975-85 and now the 1980s
Here are the picks for the decade of the eighties—
1980s Player of the Decade
1980s Defensive Player of the Decade
1980s Player of the Decade Runner-Up
Munoz edges out Dwight Stephenson on the basis playing the whole decade and being a Lineman of the year seven times (Stephenson won similar/same awards five times). So, Stephenson secures an honorable mention.
For honorable mentions, we are going with two more—one is Dan Marino who exploded onto the scene in 1983 and put up amazing numbers. He was the MVP in 1984 and from 1984-86 he averaged 41 touchdown passes, remarkable for that era. The other is Eric Dickerson whose best seasons happen to coincide with Marino.
Most traditional folks would have gone with the offensive skill guys over Munoz. Well, as great as they were, their peaks were great, but what about 1987-89 when Marino's W-L record was below .500 and he averaged 19 picks per season? Not awful, but was it up to the greatness/consistency of Munoz?
Dickerson, actually, was more consistently at the top of his came more often in the 1980s than Marino. Marino had an MVP, though, Dickerson didn't. Marino got to a Super Bowl, Dickerson didn't. Dickerson's two flaws were his skill sets. He was not a good blocker or a special receiver and he fumbled a lot. A lot.
But of course, most coaches would live with Marino's picks and Dickerson's fumbles in order to get the great upside of both. However, we would take Anthony Munoz's 1980-89, 90 over Marino's and Dickerson's 1983-89, 90. He had a better decade than anyone other than Montana.
1980s Defensive Player of the Decade Runner-Up
We give Mike Singletary an honorable mention. while he did have two Defensive Player of the Year Awards we still think Lott was a better player and had a better decade. So, Samurai Mike is stuck with an honorable mention slot and being behind L.T. and Ronnie Lott is not too shabby.
Next up: 1985-95