Best Team – 2013 Seattle Seahawks
LOB + Russell Wilson + Beast Mode = Disaster for anyone standing in their way. That team is far and away the best Super Bowl winner of the decade. Wilson defeated Peyton Manning and Drew Brees on his way to his first and only Super Bowl title to date. Not only did they beat Manning’s Broncos, they absolutely manhandled them in the most lopsided Super Bowl of the decade.
Best Offense – 2010 New England Patriots
The 2010 Patriots was a well oiled machine utilizing 12 and 22 personnel thanks to Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Brady tossed 36 TDs and 4 INTs as a result. The league was shifting to more pass heavy offenses and the Patriots threw it less than 500 times. Thanks to clock and ball control, it gave them the highest offensive DVOA this decade by nearly 10%.
Best Defense – 2014 Denver Broncos
The 2014 Broncos defense helped them reach and win the Super Bowl after Peyton Manning fell off a cliff. The fact there was controversy about whether Manning or Brock freaking Osweiler should start toward the back end of the season tells you all you need to know. If Manning’s last name was Jones, we know the latter would have started. The offense couldn’t muster up more than 24 points in any of their postseason games, but it didn’t matter. The defense was smothering everyone. In fact, they faced the 1st, 3rd and 5th best offense in their run and didn’t give up more than 20 points in any game. It was historically one of the best defenses ever fielded.
Best Special Teams – 2012 Baltimore Ravens
The 2012 Ravens Special Teams and their ability to win the field position battle helped in their quest for the Super Bowl. Justin Tucker missed just three kicks in his rookie campaign. Punter Sam Koch averaged 47 yards per punt. Jacoby Jones was a menace with 3 returned TDs that season and averaged 30 yards per KR and over 9 yards per punt, respectively.
Best QB Season – 2013 Peyton Manning
He broke the single season record for Pass Yards and TDs simultaneously marking the first of only two 5,000/50 seasons to date. Game over.
Best RB Season – 2012 Adrian Peterson
Peterson helped lead the Vikings to the postseason behind his only 2,000 yard campaign just shy of the record. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry. When you have a running back averaging that, you’re always playing ahead of the chains. That was with Christian Ponder at QB. Christian Ponder made the damn postseason.
Best WR Season – 2019 Michael Thomas
Although Calvin Johnson had some consideration for this, Michael Thomas breaking the reception record plus catching at the rate he does put him over for me. Much like I mentioned with Peterson helping his team play ahead of the chains, Thomas is a big reason the Saints offense is so damn efficient.
Best TE Season – 2011 Rob Gronkowski
In one of the few seasons Gronk completed an entire 16 games, he finished with 90 receptions, over 1,300 yards and 18 Total TDs on the season. It was his breakout campaign to becoming GRONK and being a chess piece for the Pats for years to come.
Best DL Season – 2014 JJ Watt
Nothing can compare to what JJ Watt did in 2014 as far as defensive line goes. He hit the QB 51 times including the 20.5 sacks to his credit. He finished the year with an 80-yard pick six and a fumble return for a TD as well. He recovered five total fumbles on the season while forcing four of his own. One of the aspects of his game that made him special was the deflections at the line of scrimmage. He finished 2014 with 10.
Best LB Season – 2015 Luke Kuechly
In all honestly, it is hard to distinguish linebackers because of how shaded defense has become. Instead of defensive lineman and linebackers, somewhere along the 2010s we began defining players as Edge, Interior and Linebackers. I decided to just go with the best middle Linebacker of the decade. In 2015, he missed three games. But, he finished with over 115 tackles, 10 deflections and 4 interceptions and one the other way for six. He added two interception returns for TDs in the playoffs.
Best DB Season – 2012 Richard Sherman
Sherman has allowed the lowest passer rating against him among all corners since entering the league. He has actually allowed the lowest among all corners since 2006. He is 100% going to Canton. By year two, we knew exactly how good of a corner he is. Despite playing zone, which people of course knock him for because they’re fucking stupid, he made the most of limited opportunities. He finished his second season with 8 interceptions and 24 deflections. He allowed 40 catches on 87 targets that season. Thus All Pro Richard Sherman was born.
NFL All Decade Team 2010-2019
QB – Tom Brady
RB – Adrian Peterson
RB – Marshawn Lynch
WR – Antonio Brown
WR – Julio Jones
WR – Calvin Johnson
TE – Rob Gronkowski
OT – Tyron Smith
OT – Joe Thomas
OG – Marshal Yanda
OG – Logan Mankins
C – Alex Mack
Edge – Von Miller
Edge – Khalil Mack
Interior Lineman – JJ Watt
Interior Lineman – Aaron Donald
LB – Luke Kuechly
LB – Bobby Wagner
LB – Patrick Willis
CB – Richard Sherman
CB – Aqib Talib
S – Earl Thomas
S – Eric Weddle
K – Justin Tucker
P – Thomas Morstead
KR – Cordarrelle Patterson
PR – Devin Hester