A season-best nine Washington Redskins players today were named to ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano’s final All-NFC East Team. Additionally, Graziano named rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III the NFC East’s Most Valuable Player.
The Redskins’ nine selections tied the Dallas Cowboys for the most 2012 All-NFC East team selections. Following the division leaders were the New York Giants (six selections) and the Philadelphia Eagles (three).
Like it was in the NFL’s Pro Bowl voting, Washington (9-6) was well-represented in all three aspects — offense, defense and special teams — in the 2012 All-NFC East Team. The Redskins had five selections on offense, three on defense and one on special teams.
Here’s the entire list of Redskins representatives on the final All-NFC East Team:
- Quarterback: Griffin III
– Running back: Alfred Morris
- Fullback: Darrel Young
– Left tackle: Trent Williams
- Center: Will Montgomery
– Defensive tackle: Barry Cofield
– Middle linebacker: Perry Riley
– Cornerback: Josh Wilson
– Punter: Sav Rocca
- Griffin III has been the All-NFC East team’s quarterback for most of the season. The 2013 Pro Bowl selection split time early with Giants quarterback Eli Manning and recently had to fight off a strong finish by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, but has obviously been the biggest difference maker — and simply the most valuable player — for his team this season.
- Morris was a slam-dunk pick, as well. He’s fourth in the NFL in rushing, has already turned in the best rookie rushing season in Redskins history and, with 104 yards against the Cowboys on Sunday, would break Clinton Portis’ single-season team record for rushing yards. Morris was on the All-NFC East Team weekly throughout the season.
- Well, well, well. Darrel Young finally makes an appearance — and when it counts. We’ve been pushing for Young to make the list over Giants fullback Henry Hynoski for weeks, and it seems our whining paid off. Here’s what Graziano wrote about putting Young on the team for good:
“Darrel Young and the Giants’ Henry Hynoski are both excellent and worthy. Hynoski, for me, has been the slightly better blocker, but the Giants’ recent struggles have hurt his case and Young, who actually touches the ball every now and then, takes the spot away from him.”
- Williams — also a 2013 Pro Bowl selection — has been one of the best tackles in the entire NFL this season, as he’s done a great job protecting Griffin III’s blind side and helping anchor the NFL’s best rushing attack. Like Griffin III and Morris, Williams been a mainstay on the All-NFC East Team throughout the year.
- Montgomery has also been one of the top centers in the league all season, though he doesn’t get nearly the amount of national credit that he should. Pro Bowl voters put Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday on the team ahead of Montgomery — and Saturday last week was benched for the rest of the season.
- Cofield became a mainstay in the All-NFC East Team just a few weeks ago, but has played consistently enough to be considered the best nose tackle in the division. Case in point: his tackle on Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin last Sunday when Philadelphia ran what could’ve been a very successful wide receiver screen play. You tell me who else could’ve made that play.
- Riley also took over his spot on the All-NFC East team a few weeks ago. His selection shows how important veteran linebacker London Fletcher’s guidance has been for Riley, who has been solid both as a tackler and in pass coverage this season. At this rate, Riley will also have trips to Hawaii to plan for in future seasons.
- Graizano has flip-flopped Wilson on his All-NFC East Team the entire season, but he remains for the final list. The Redskins have no doubt had their struggles in pass coverage this season, but have improved greatly after their Bye Week and have won six consecutive games since. Wilson has been a big part of that, and has been a major playmaker for Washington, as he has 68 tackles, a sack, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
- Rocca this season is turning in the best year of his career, averaging 44.1 yards per punt. He is also kicking for a punt return coverage unit that ranks fifth in the NFL in yards allowed, which is huge in the field-position game.
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