After tabulating your votes, we’ve got our 2000s All-Decade Atlanta Falcons team, and as you’d expect, it’s a good one.
It would be fair to suggest that some of these results genuinely surprised me. Matt Ryan over Michael Vick is not a terrible choice—Ryan was great, even from 2008-2010—but it’s still an upset. Tony Gonzalez over Alge Crumpler is a huuuuge upset, as is Harvey Dahl over Kynan Forney. The net results still give us a fine football team by any measurement, but I imagine there’ll be some debate over the way these polls went.
Here’s your full team. It’s got a killer offense, solid defense with some weak spots, and a strong special teams unit. The 2010s team would probably beat it, though.
2000s Falcons All-Decade Offense
Quarterback: Matt Ryan
Running Back: Michael Turner
Fullback: Ovie Mughelli
Wide Receiver: Roddy White & Brian Finneran
Tight End: Tony Gonzalez
Tackle: Bob Whitfield & Todd Weiner
Guard: Justin Blalock & Harvey Dahl
Center: Todd McClure
Defensive End: John Abraham & Patrick Kerney
Defensive Tackle: Jonathan Babineaux & Rod Coleman
Linebacker: Keith Brooking, Michael Boley & Stephen Nicholas
Cornerback: Brent Grimes & DeAngelo Hall
Safety: Keion Carpenter & Lawyer Milloy
Kicker: Morten Andersen
Punter: Michael Koenen
Returner: Allen Rossum