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Rob Weintraub’s 2019 All-AFC West Team

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Nearly forty percent of every team’s schedule is made up of division games. Every coach and player talks about the importance of winning games against division foes. Schemes and personnel are very often tailored to matching up with division opponents. Yet when it comes to naming the best players at season’s end, we never classify them by division. Where are the All-Division teams? This has always mystified me. Colleges name All-Conference teams, why not do likewise for the professional ranks?

Well rest easy, I’ve done it for you. Today we focus on the AFC West. Naturally, this being Football Outsiders, our stats are used to justify selections whenever necessary.

OFFENSE

QB: Patrick Mahomes, KC

In the wake of Patty’s first Super Bowl title and the Raiders flirting with Tom Brady, it might surprise you to learn that Derek Carr was fairly close to Mahomes during the regular season, according to our numbers — 1,322 to 1,074 in passing DYAR, and both were top ten in both DYAR and DVOA. But their public perceptions couldn’t be further apart.

RB: Josh Jacobs, KC
RB: Philip Lindsay, DEN

Jake’s phenomenal rookie season includes a nod on the All-Div team.

WR: Tyreek Hill, KC
WR: Mike Williams, LAC
WR: Keenan Allen, LAC
TE: Darren Waller, OAK

It takes a special season to beat out Travis Kelce for the all-AFC West team, but that’s what Waller turned in, leading the league in DYAR. Tyrell Williams and Courtland Sutton were in the discussion at receiver.

OT: Mitchell Schwartz, KC
OT: Kolton Miller, OAK
OG: Dan Feeney, LAC
OG: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, KC
C: Rodney Hudson, OAK

Garrett Bolles’ struggles with penalties cost him a slot on the team, as did the injuries that took Richie Incognito and Gabe Jackson out of multiple games during otherwise strong seasons in Oakland.

DEFENSE

DE: Joey Bosa, LAC
DE: Melvin Ingram, LAC
DT: Chris Jones, KC
DT: Jonathan Hankins, OAK

Frank Clark and Shelby Harris were right there in a strong group of defensive ends. Jones’ awesome Super Bowl wasn’t necessary for him to nab a spot on the team, but it didn’t hurt.

OLB: Von Miller, DEN
OLB: Thomas Davis, LAC
ILB: Alexander Johnson, DEN
ILB: Todd Davis, DEN

The division had plenty of good defensive linemen but suffered in the back seven, and that’s even counting Miller as a linebacker. His counterpart was a three-way battle between Davis, Anthony Hitchens, and Tahir Whitehead; Davis gets the spot as much for lifetime achievement as anything else.

CB: Chris Harris, DEN
CB: Casey Hayward, LAC
Slot CB: Charvarius Ward, KC
S: Tyrann Mathieu, KC
S: Kareem Jackson, DEN

Harris played much more on the outside than in past years. Jackson edges out rookie Juan Thornhill at safety.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Harrison Butker, KC
P: Dustin Colquitt, KC
RET: Mecole Hardman, KC

Clean sweep for the Chiefs in the third phase, unsurprising given they were our second-ranked team in special teams DVOA.

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