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From 1966-2017, which decade gave us the best teams?

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The Falcons have had some great players, and even some great lineups, in their long history. We’ve assembled teams by decade, and now it’s time to vote on which one was the best ever.

Here’s all of our All-Decade teams, beginning with the current era. Review, and then be sure to vote in our poll for the best of the best here.

Poll

Which team has the best ideal Falcons lineup ever?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    2011-2016
    (204 votes)
  • 5%
    2001-2010
    (12 votes)
  • 2%
    1991-2000
    (6 votes)
  • 4%
    1981-1990
    (10 votes)
  • 2%
    1971-1980
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    1966-1970
    (0 votes)
237 votes total Vote Now

2011-2016 All-Decade Falcons

Offense

Quarterback: Matt Ryan

Running Back: Devonta Freeman

Fullback: Patrick DiMarco

Wide Receiver: Julio Jones & Roddy White

Tight End: Tony Gonzalez

Left Tackle: Jake Matthews

Left Guard: Justin Blalock

Center: Alex Mack

Right Guard: Chris Chester

Right Tackle: Ryan Schraeder

Defense

Defensive End: John Abraham & Vic Beasley

Defensive Tackle: Jonathan Babineaux & Grady Jarrett

Linebackers: Sean Weatherspoon, Deion Jones & Curtis Lofton

Cornerbacks: Desmond Trufant & Brent Grimes

Safeties: William Moore & Ricardo Allen

Special Teams

Kicker: Matt Bryant

Punter: Matt Bosher

Returner: Devin Hester


2001-2010 All-Decade Falcons

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

Defense

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


1991-2000 All-Decade Falcons

Offense

Quarterback: Chris Chandler

Running Back: Jamal Anderson

Fullback: Bob Christian

Wide Receivers: Terance Mathis & Andre Rison

Tight End: O.J. Santiago

Tackles: Mike Kenn & Bob Whitfield

Guards: Bill Fralic & Calvin Collins

Center: Jamie Dukes

Defense

Defensive Ends: Chuck Smith & Patrick Kerney

Defensive Tackles: Travis Hall & Shane Dronett

Linebackers: Jessie Tuggle, Henri Crockett, Cornelius Bennett

Cornerbacks: Deion Sanders & Ray Buchanan

Safeties: Scott Case & Brian Jordan

Special Teams

Kicker: Morten Andersen

Punter: Dan Stryzinski

Returner: Deion Sanders

Special Teamer: Elbert Shelley


1981-1990 All-Decade Falcons

Offense

Quarterback: Steve Bartkowski

Running Back: Gerald Riggs

Fullback: William Andrews

Wide Receivers: Alfred Jenkins & Andre Rison

Tight End: Junior Miller

Tackles: Mike Kenn & Warren Bryant

Guards: Bill Fralic & RC Thielemann

Center: Jeff Van Note

Defense

Defensive Ends: Mike Gann & Jeff Merrow

Defensive Tackles: Tony Casillas & Mike Pitts

Linebackers: Buddy Curry, Jessie Tuggle & Joel Williams

Cornerbacks: Bobby Butler & Deion Sanders

Safeties: Scott Case & Tom Pridemore

Special Teams

Kicker: Mick Luckhurst

Punter: John James

Returner: Deion Sanders


1971-1980 All-Decade Falcons

Offense

Quarterback: Steve Bartkowski

Running Back: Dave Hampton

Fullback: William Andrews

Wide Receivers: Alfred Jenkins & Ken Burrow

Tight End: Jim Mitchell

Tackles: Mike Kenn & George Kunz

Guards: R.C. Thielemann & Dave Scott

Center: Jeff Van Note

Defense

Defensive Ends: Claude Humphrey & John Zook

Defensive Tackles: Mike Tilleman & Don Smith

Linebackers: Tommy Nobis, Greg Brezina & Fulton Kuykendall

Cornerbacks: Rolland Lawrence & Ken Reaves

Safeties: Ray Brown & Ray Easterling

Special Teams

Kicker: Nick Mike-Mayer

Punter: John James

Returner: Willie Belton


1966-1970 All-Decade Falcons

Offense

Quarterback: Bob Berry

Running Back: Cannonball Butler

Fullback: Junior Coffey

Wide Receivers: Tommy McDonald & Paul Flatley

Tight End: Jim Mitchell

Tackles: George Kunz (who I initially overlooked) & Bill Sandeman

Guards: Andy Maurer & Dick Enderle

Center: Jeff Van Note

Defense & Special Teams

Defensive Ends: Claude Humphrey & John Zook

Defensive Tackles: Glen Condren & John Small

Linebackers: Tommy Nobis, Don Hansen & Greg Brezina

Cornerbacks: Ken Reaves & Rudy Redmond

Safeties: John Mallory & Billy Lothridge

Kicker: Bob Better

Punter: Billy Lothridge

Returner: John Mallory