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Nominate your choices for the 2000s All-Decade Falcons defense

It’s not the strongest defense, but fond memories will abound when you see our list.

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The 2000s Falcons were a fascinating bunch. They made the playoffs multiple times and had some genuine stars on the team, but they always seemed to be a piece (or several) short of true greatness. When you see what the All-Decade team looks like on defense, you might begin to understand why that was.

It is sobering to look at some of the positions, particularly in the secondary, for the 2000s. The Falcons cycled through cornerbacks and safeties and really only hit on a couple of long-term solutions over the course of the decade. The team’s current, excellent secondary should not be taken for granted.

Give us your nominees after you look at the list below, and we’ll vote later in the week.

Defensive Ends: John Abraham & Patrick Kerney

Defensive Tackles: Jonathan Babineaux & Rod Coleman

Linebackers: Michael Boley, Keith Brooking, Stephen Nicholas

Cornerbacks: Brent Grimes & ...Chris Houston?

Safety: Thomas Decoud & Keion Carpenter

Kicker: Morten Andersen

Punter: Michael Koenen