Wednesday, January 09, 2008
By Len Pasquarelli
January 4, 2008
Mike Vrabel (New England): The offseason acquisition of Adalius Thomas allowed Vrabel to move back outside where he is more effective, and he responded with a Pro Bowl year. Vrabel played the run tough, as usual, but he also had a career-best 12 ½ sacks. He is the hybrid-type edge defender whom Belichick defenses traditionally have featured, but he is a heck of a player with great instincts. And, for good measure, he is a solid part-time tight end in red zone situations.
Phil Dawson (Cleveland): There were kickers with more points, a few with better field goal conversion rates and many with more touchbacks. But the Browns' nine-year veteran missed only four of 30 field goal tries all season and made some huge kicks under adverse weather conditions.