2015 All-Pro Team

The 2015 All-Pro Teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), the Sporting News (SN), for performance in the 2015 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2016 Pro Bowl[a]), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.[1] Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters.[2] The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and was released January 12, 2016.[3] The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.[4]

Teams

Offense
Position First team Second team
Quarterback Cam Newton, Carolina (AP, PFWA, SN) Carson Palmer, Arizona (AP-2)
Halfback Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (AP, PFWA, SN)
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay (AP, PFWA, SN)
Todd Gurley, St. Louis (AP-2)
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta (AP-2)
Fullback Mike Tolbert, Carolina (AP) Patrick DiMarco, Atlanta (AP-2)
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, New England (AP, PFWA, SN) Greg Olsen, Carolina (AP-2)
Wide receiver Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (AP, PFWA, SN)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (AP, PFWA, SN)
Brandon Marshall, New York Jets (AP-2t)
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston (AP-2t)
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (AP-2t)
Tackle Joe Thomas, Cleveland (AP, PFWA, SN)
Tyron Smith, Dallas (PFWA, SN)
Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati (AP)
Tyron Smith, Dallas; (AP-2)
Trent Williams, Washington (AP-2)
Guard Marshal Yanda, Baltimore (AP, PFWA, SN)
Zack Martin, Dallas (PFWA, SN)
David DeCastro, Pittsburgh (AP)
Josh Sitton, Green Bay (AP-2)
Mike Iupati, Arizona (AP-2t)
Zack Martin, Dallas (AP-2t)
Center Ryan Kalil, Carolina (AP, PFWA, SN) Travis Frederick, Dallas (AP-2)
Special teams
Position First team Second team
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski, New England (AP, PFWA, SN) Dan Bailey, Dallas (AP-2)
Punter Johnny Hekker, St. Louis (AP, PFWA, SN) Sam Koch, Baltimore (AP-2)
Return specialist Tyler Lockett, Seattle (AP)
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota (PFWA-KR, SN-KR)
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia (PFWA-PR, SN-PR)
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota (AP-2)
Special teams Justin Bethel, Arizona (PFWA)
Defense
Position First team Second team
Defensive end J. J. Watt, Houston (AP, PFWA, SN)
Khalil Mack, Oakland (AP, PFWA, SN)
Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets (AP-2)
Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit (AP-2)
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald, St. Louis (AP, PFWA, SN)
Geno Atkins, Cincinnati (AP, PFWA, SN)
Kawann Short, Carolina (AP-2)
Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia (AP-2)
Outside linebacker Von Miller, Denver (AP, PFWA, SN)
Khalil Mack, Oakland (AP, PFWA)
Thomas Davis, Carolina (AP)
Justin Houston, Kansas City (SN)
Jamie Collins, New England (AP-2)
Inside linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina (AP, PFWA, SN)
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco (AP)
Bobby Wagner, Seattle (AP-2)
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City (AP-2)
Cornerback Josh Norman, Carolina (AP, PFWA, SN)
Patrick Peterson, Arizona (AP, PFWA, SN)
Richard Sherman, Seattle (AP-2)
Chris Harris, Jr., Denver (AP-2t)
Marcus Peters, Kansas City (AP-2t)
Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona (AP, PFWA, SN)
Eric Berry, Kansas City (AP, PFWA)
Reggie Nelson, Cincinnati (AP-2)
Charles Woodson, Oakland (AP-2)

Key

AP = Associated Press first-team All-Pro
AP-2 = Associated Press second-team All-Pro
AP-2t = Tied for second-team All-Pro in the AP vote
PFWA = Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL
SN = Sporting News All-Pro

Position differences:

AP named a fullback; SN and PFWA did not.

AP named two inside linebackers; SN and PFWA named one.

AP named three outside linebackers in 2015 due to a 2nd-place tie vote.

AP named three special teams players: kicker, punter, kick returner.

SN named four special teams players: K, P, KR, punt returner.

PFWA named five special teams players: K, P, KR, PR, special teams.

Notes

  1. ^ The 2016 Pro Bowl represents the 2015 NFL season

References

  1. ^ https://nfllabor.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/collective-bargaining-agreement-2011-2020.pdf
  2. ^ "2014 All-Pro Team". Associated Press. January 2, 2015. Archived from the original on Jan 4, 2014. Retrieved Jan 2, 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/list/4690993-sporting-news-2015-nfl-all-pro-team-coaches-vote-cam-newton-adrian-peterson-jj-watt-tyrann-mathieu
  4. ^ "PFWA 2014 All-NFL, All-AFC and All-NFC teams announce". PFWA.com. Retrieved Jan 12, 2015.
2015 Denver Broncos season

The 2015 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the 56th overall. It was also the fourth season with Peyton Manning as the team's starting quarterback, as well as the final season of Manning's 18-year NFL career.

After losing in the Divisional round of the playoffs during three of the previous four seasons, the Broncos underwent numerous coaching changes, including a mutual parting with head coach John Fox, and the hiring of Gary Kubiak as the new head coach. Under Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, the Broncos planned to install a run-oriented West coast offense with zone blocking to blend in with Manning's shotgun passing style, but struggled with numerous changes and injuries to the offensive line.

Manning missed six games due to a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot and had his worst statistical season since his rookie year with the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. Backup quarterback Brock Osweiler filled in for Manning during the second half of the regular season, before Manning re-claimed the starting quarterback position prior to the team's postseason run. Under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the Broncos' defense ranked No. 1 in total yards, passing yards, average yards per rush and sacks, and like the previous three seasons, the team continued to set numerous individual, league and franchise records. The team's defense is widely considered to be among the greatest of all time, particularly due to the fact that it had to carry a lackluster offense the entire season. The team's defensive backfield, arguably the most dominant part of the defense, gave itself the nickname "No Fly Zone."The Broncos clinched their fifth-consecutive AFC West division title, fourth consecutive first-round bye and the AFC's No. 1 playoff seed for the third time in four seasons. As was the case during the regular season, the Broncos' defense dominated their playoff opponents. During the Broncos three playoff games, they recorded 14 sacks, forced seven turnovers, surrendered only one touchdown pass and gave up just 44 combined points (an average of just 14.7 points a game). The Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 23–16 in the Divisional round and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots 20–18 in the AFC Championship Game. The Broncos then defeated the Carolina Panthers 24–10 in Super Bowl 50 — the franchise's third Super Bowl championship, and the first since winning back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998.

Aaron Donald

Aaron Charles Donald (born May 23, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Pittsburgh, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was drafted by the Rams with the thirteenth pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has been selected to five Pro Bowls, won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and has been named twice as the AP Defensive Player of the Year, having won the award back-to-back in 2017 and 2018. Donald is known for his prodigious physical strength and is ranked as one of the top defensive players in the NFL.

Bryan Anger

Bryan Corey Anger (born October 6, 1988) is an American football punter who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.

Jamie Collins (American football)

Jamie Collins Sr. (born October 20, 1989) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and has also played for the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Southern Mississippi.

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football franchise based in Oakland, California. The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. Founded on January 30, 1960, they played their first regular season game on September 11, 1960, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) which merged with the NFL in 1970.

The Raiders' off-field fortunes have varied considerably over the years. The team's first three years of operation (1960–1962) were marred by poor on-field performance, financial difficulties, and spotty attendance. In 1963, however, the Raiders' fortunes improved dramatically with the introduction of head coach (and eventual owner) Al Davis. In 1967, after several years of improvement, the Raiders reached the postseason for the first time. The team would go on to win its first (and only) AFL Championship that year; in doing so, the Raiders advanced to Super Bowl II, where they were soundly defeated by the Green Bay Packers. Since 1963, the team has won 15 division titles (three AFL and 12 NFL), four AFC Championships (1976, 1980, 1983, and 2002), one AFL Championship (1967), and three Super Bowl Championships (XI, XV, and XVIII). At the end of the NFL's 2018 season, the Raiders boasted a lifetime regular season record of 466 wins, 423 losses, and 11 ties; their lifetime playoff record currently stands at 25 wins and 19 losses.The team departed Oakland to play in Los Angeles from the 1982 season until the 1994 season before returning to Oakland at the start of the 1995 season. Al Davis owned the team from 1972 until his death in 2011. Control of the franchise was then given to Al's son Mark Davis.

On March 27, 2017, NFL team owners voted nearly unanimously to approve the Raiders' application to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, Nevada, in a 31-1 vote at the annual league meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. The Raiders plan to remain in the Bay Area through 2019, and relocate to Las Vegas in 2020, pending the completion of the team's planned new stadium.The Raiders are known for their extensive fan base and distinctive team culture. The Raiders have 14 former members who have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They have previously played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Frank Youell Field in Oakland, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, and the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland.

Thomas Davis (American football)

Thomas Antonio Davis Sr. (born March 22, 1983) is an American football linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). Davis played college football for the University of Georgia, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In 2012, Davis became the first professional athlete to return to play in his top sporting league after three anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, as well as having all three tears in the same knee.

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