This is something I’ve been wanting to discuss for a decent bit, if you could have every player who ever played for New England and put them on a team, what would that team look like? Who would make the team? Who would make the starting 11 on both sides of the ball? Well let’s take a look, this is my interpretation of a Patriots all time team.
Quarterback: Tom Brady
It has to be Brady, there is no better QB than him in Patriots history, heck there’s nobody better in league history. The GOAT definitely takes the role of starting QB for the all time team.
Runningback: Curtis Martin
I know that many people think of the Jets when they think of Curtis Martin, but he was a beast on the Patriots and was more consistent than any other Runningback we’ve had to this date.
Wide Receivers: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Stanley Morgan
It hurt me not to put Edelman on here, but the others (yes, even Welker) have better cases. For those wondering why Moss is on here, his career best in stats for on the Patriots and it wouldn’t make sense not to include him. Also everyone seems to forget what a beast Stanley Morgan was, google his stats and the QBs he played with and you’ll see why I think so highly of him.
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski
(Arguably) The best TE in NFL History should go with the best QB in NFL history, nobody could stop prime Gronk.
Offensive Line: Matt Light, John Hannah, David Andrews, Logan Mankins, and Bruce Armstrong
Most of these are self explanatory, but I feel that some may believe that Dan Koppen should be here over Andrews, but Andrews is far superior in his leadership and blocking ability (not to mention more rings).
Defensive line: Willie McGinest, Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, and Richard Seymour
I know that McGinest played some outside linebacker, but I’ll count him as a defensive end here, and I decided to go with a 4-3 defense with Wilfork and Warren at DT.
Linebackers: Nick Buoniconti, Tedy Bruschi, and Andre Tippett
Not much to explain here, 2 hall of famers and a darn good linebacker make this a dangerous unit.
Defensive Backs Ty Law, Stephon Gilmore, Devin McCourty, and Rodney Harrison
Gilmore may be recency bias, but it’s tough to argue with being a defensive player of the year and the rest should be easy to figure out why they’re their.
As for special teams…
Kicker Adam Vinatieri
Punter: Jake Bailey
Bailey may be more recency bias, but I’ve never seen another Pats punter with his leg strength and ball control ability. Also Vinatieri is a best kicker ever and certainly the most clutch (and better as a Patriot, sorry Colts fans).
Is there anyone you think is missing? Comment down below.