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, the 1980s, 1985-95, the 1990s, 1995-05 top players and now we pick the top players of the 2000s.
Here are the 2000s picks:
2000s Player of the Decade
That, coupled with the fact that Manning's stats were better, caused use to decide that given the totality of the factors (rings, stats, honors, intangibles) Manning edges Brady for this decade.
We get that some will disagree, and that's okay. But fair is fair, based on the totality of factors, Manning was a 9.5 for the decade and Brady was a 9.2 if you will.
2000s Defensive Player of the Decade
2000s Player of the Decade Runner-Up
Brett Favre is one of our honorable mentions and LaDainian Tomlinson is the only other one.
2000s Defensive Player of the Decade Runner-Up
Part of it is he missed most of two seasons due to injuries but also he did slow down some towards the end of the decade. One example is his run/pass stuffs (tackles for loss). From 1996-05 he averaged 10.5 such plays per 16 games. From 2000-09 he averaged 7. Seven is very good, but 10.5 is great, so it's the little things that show the big plays are not quite as common.
There were several honorable mentions for the 2000s. Here they are—Champ Bailey, Richard Seymour, Charles Woodson, Kevin Williams, and Jason Taylor.
next up: the 2005-15 "decade".