Picking our Dolphins’ all-decade team of the 2000s

Dolphins running back Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown were two of Miami's finest during their run together. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins running back Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown were two of Miami’s finest during their run together. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The Dolphins will celebrate their 50th season during Monday night’s Dolphins-Giants game and with a reunion of the top-50 players in team history this weekend.

The Post’s Hal Habib offers his all-time team as well as a decade-by-decade look at the best teams in Dolphins history.

(No surprise: The team’s fortunes over the decades mirror the competition to make each team, with the first decade being the toughest.)

RELATED: Click here for the All-Decade Dolphins team of the 1970s

RELATED: Click here for the All-Decade Dolphins team of the 1980s

RELATED: Click here for the All-Decade Dolphins team of the 1990s


2000s

Offense
QB: Chad Pennington, Team MVP on playoff team in ’08
RB: Ricky Williams, 1,853 yards in 2002
RB: Ronnie Brown, Three times 900-plus yards
WR: Chris Chambers, Four times over 800 yards
WR: Marty Booker, Weak field; his 747 yards in ’06 makes cut
TE: Randy McMichael, Four straight years with 500-plus yards
OT: Vernon Carey, No. 1 draft pick from UM in ’04
OT: Jake Long, First overall selection in ’08
C: Tim Ruddy, Still a stallwart on OL
G: Jamie Nails, Starter in ’02-03 at position of upheaval
G: Mark Dixon, Solid, dependable blocker

Zach Thomas was a star for the Dolphins at middle linebacker. (Photo by Scott Wiseman / The Palm Beach Post)
Zach Thomas was a star for the Dolphins at middle linebacker. (Photo by Scott Wiseman / The Palm Beach Post)

Defense
DE: Jason Taylor, 2006 NFL defensive player of year
DE: Trace Armstrong, Designated sack specialist off bench
DT: Tim Bowens, Occupied linemen to clear way for Zach
DT: Randy Starks, If he and Bowens had overlapped …
LB: Zach Thomas, Buoniconti to Offerdahl to Thomas. Not bad.
LB: Channing Crowder, Active, disruptive force at LB
LB: Derrick Rodgers, Consistent performer after Air Force stint
CB: Sam Madison, Finally, Dolphins land a Pro Bowl CB
CB: Patrick Surtain, He, Madison team’s best-ever CB tandem
S: Brock Marion, Consistently came up with the big play
S: Yeremiah Bell, Big hitter in the secondary

Specialists
K: Dan Carpenter, Dolfans wish he were still around
P: Brandon Fields, Dolfans wish he were still around, too

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