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Meet your 2000s All-Decade Atlanta Falcons lineup

A strong offense and solid defense come together, based on your votes.

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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

Special Teams

Kicker: Morten Andersen

Punter: Michael Koenen

Returner: Allen Rossum