Top Five NFL Linebackers of the 2000s

May 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Generally, the months of May and June are rather slow when it comes to NFL headlines. What better way to pass the dog days of summer than with a few flashbacks?
With the first decade of the century in the books, we are given the perfect opportunity to take the time to look back at a decade filled with great players, games, moments and controversies.
My first look at the decade will center on the linebacker position, which is, by far, the most important position on the defensive side of the ball.  Some analysts and coaches call the middle linebacker the "quarterback" of the defense. The defensive linemen have to be the most physical, but linebackers, especially the two outside linebackers, have to be very versatile.  It's rare to see linemen sent in to coverage, but at linebacker you must be ready for anything.  The greats (i.e. Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert, Mike Singletary and Lawrence Taylor to name a few) were sideline-to-sideline, physical players.
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