The Rams, the NFC's showpiece team, earned three spots on my 1999 All-Pro team, and the man who led them, Dick Vermeil, is my coach of the year. Defensively, I've gone to a 3-4 to accommodate the overload of fine inside linebackers.
QB: Kurt Warner, Rams. It came down to a close call between Warner (below) and the Colts' Peyton Manning. Check out the stats, though. Warner surpassed Manning in every major passing category, and his 109.2 rating is the fifth highest in NFL history.
RB: Marshall Faulk, Rams. Again a Colt, Edgerrin James, was a close second, but Faulk, showing his burst of old, gets the edge based on total yards, 1,381 rushing and 1,048 receiving (versus 1,553 and 593, respectively, for James).
FB: Tony Richardson, Chiefs. Never misses a Kansas City snap, even in long-yardage situations. An effective blocker who also carried the running game for a while.
WR: Cris Carter, Vikings, and Marvin Harrison, Colts. Did you happen to see Carter's game against the Giants on Dec. 26? He caught five passes for 131 yards on a severely sprained ankle. Harrison has been Manning's go-to receiver all year.
TE: Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs. His numbers (76 catches, 11 touchdowns) bury those of any other tight end. Kansas City was one of the rare teams that featured the position.
T: Tony Boselli, Jaguars, and Willie Anderson, Bengals. Boselli, quicker and more mobile, was going after people the way he did as a rookie in 1995. Anderson started slowly but received near-perfect grades from his position coach after midseason.
G: Larry Allen, Cowboys, and Tr� Johnson, Redskins. Similar styles—big boomers, able to wipe out an entire side of the defensive line.
C: Kevin Mawae, Jets. Playing between a rookie and a converted tackle, he did a terrific job taking charge of the middle.