The AFC East All-Star team is beginning to take shape, and Musket Fire, Phin Phanatic, the Jet Press, and the BuffaLowDown have decided to start building the team on the defensive side of the ball. Let’s face it, defense wins championships and the AFC East has some of the NFL’s best, including the league’s number one overall defense last season in the New York Jets. The AFC BEast will run a 3-4 defense, as every team in the East will be running the formation as its base set this coming season. For those that may not know, the 3-4 is named because it has three down-linemen and four linebackers. That being said, follow the jump to see which three defensive linemen made the team.
- Nose Tackle: Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots. The anchor of the 3-4, the nose tackle position, will be manned by Vince Wilfork, who the Pats re-signed this offseason to a long-term deal. It’s the nose’s job to eat up blockers to allow the linebackers to make plays. Last season, Wilfork had 43 tackles and 1 forced fumble.
- Left End: Shaun Ellis, New York Jets. Manning the left end of the 3-4 will be Shaun Ellis. Ellis is a play-making machine at a position in the 3-4 that is not intended to generate much in terms of stats. Last season, Ellis had 53 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
- Right End: Randy Starks, Miami Dolphins. Rounding out the defensive line at right end will be Randy Starks. Like Ellis, Starks made big plays rushing the passer. Last season, Starks had 56 tackles and 7 sacks.
Coming soon: Linebackers! Keep your eyes open for this one. We may need your help filling out the last linebacker opening.