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Dissecting the Pro Bowl snubs

Posted on: December 28, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2010 7:38 pm
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL has announced the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters. Snubs are an inevitable part of the equation each year. Below are the key names left out, with an explanation for why.
A. Rodgers (US Presswire)

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

A simple case of too much talent at one position in the NFC. Vick, Ryan and Brees all play for teams with better records.


Chris Johnson, RB, Titans

Same story as Rodgers: MJD has been an MVP caliber contributor for the Jags, Arian Foster is the league’s leading rusher and Jamaal Charles is to the Chiefs what Johnson is to the Titans (the only difference is the Chiefs have won this year and the Titans haven’t).


Andrew Whitworth, OT, Bengals

Cincy’s left tackle was the surprise leader in fan voting at his position, but clearly players and coaches did not think as highly of the former guard/right tackle. No surprise – offensive linemen from bad teams generally don’t become first-time Pro Bowlers.


Ben Grubbs, G, Ravens

How in the world does Logan Mankins make it when he’s only played eight games? (Keep in mind, when fan voting closed last week, he had only played seven games). Mankins has been the best guard in football when he’s been on the field, but that hasn’t been often enough this season.


Olin Kreutz, C, Bears / Scott Wells, C, Packers

Kreutz has not been dynamic this season, but the man who got his Pro Bowl slot is Shaun O’Hara. O’Hara has played in just six games. SIX! And the last two weeks have indicated that the Giants are actually worse with him in the lineup New York’s rushing attack was rolling with Rich Seubert at center, but it stalled once O’Hara returned.


Kyle Williams, NT, Bills

A lot of people have been trumpeting the undersized but energetic fifth-year pro, but the harsh reality is you can’t honor any member of a Bills defense that ranks a distant 32nd against the run and 27th in total sacks. And there’s absolutely no arguing that Williams is better than Wilfork, Seymour or Ngata anyway.


Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Falcons

The defensive tackle position in the NFC was a case of a player from a high profile team (Jay Ratliff, Cowboys) getting recognized ahead of a more deserving player from a lower profile team. Babineaux has been a beast for a Falcons defense that relies heavily on big plays from its front four. Ratliff has had his worst season in three years. St. Louis’ Fred Robbins also got snubbed here.


Tamba Hali, OLB, Chiefs

LaMarr Woodley and Shaun Phillips got snubbed, too. But what are you going to do? We knew there would be this issue with the OLB position in the AFC – there are simply too many stars this year. The Pro Bowlers at this spot, Harrison, Wake and Suggs, are all deserving.


Lawrence Timmons, ILB, Steelers

Steeler coaches said he was the best linebacker on the team this season. The best linebacker in Pittsburgh rarely gets overlooked, especially when the team is a Super Bowl contender. But it’s hard to edge out Ray Lewis. And the AFC’s other ILB, Jerod Mayo, has been spectacular in New England.


Brent Grimes, CB, Falcons

DeAngelo Hall had one amazing second half earlier in the season against the Bears…and that was all it took to get him to Hawaii. Four of Hall’s six picks on the year came in that game. For the rest of the season, when he wasn’t making his two interceptions, Hall was missing tackles and giving up completions in man coverage. Grimes, on the other hand, has been a playmaker (five interceptions) AND a stopper. Heading into Week 16, opponents had completed just 47 percent of passes thrown against Grimes.


Roman Harper, SS, Saints

Harper is the key to many of Gregg Williams’ blitz packages. The NFC’s Pro Bowl strong safety, Adrian Wilson, is a big-name player but very limited cover artist.


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Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 10:15 am
 

Dissecting the Pro Bowl snubs

Don't get me wrong Vick has done pretty well, but the pro bowl, maybe as a alternate. Everyone seems to be on his sack, that just goes to show once the media gives alot of attention to someone everyone lese seems to follow. MVP NOOOO. comeback player of the yes. Pro bowl Alternate.



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:09 am
 

Dissecting the Pro Bowl snubs

Damn I hate it when I do that... "A final note to Reputation" should be " a final note to Do What We Do".  Sorry about that.



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:05 am
 

Dissecting the Pro Bowl snubs

I think A-Rodg also got snubbed.  I can even agree PARTIALLY to writers statement about too much NFC QB talent.  However, to state that Vick, Ryan, and Brees made it because of a better record, that is totally absurd.  If that was the case, then Cutler should have made it over Vick and Brees.

I also think Tramon Williams got snubbed... by his own teammate.  Woodson is fantastic, but I don't think he is the best cover corner on the team.

I think the proof is in the pudding that this again is a popularity contest, so I really don't care.  How can 5 cowboys make it?  Thats 1 per victory.  Ratcliff or BJ Raji? Gurode over Kruetz or Wells? Witten over Vernon Davis?  You make the call.  I will give you their punter... he DID have a lot of work to do this year.

A final note to Reputation stating Rodgers will make it cause 1 of the 3 will be in the Super Bowl.  I tend to differ.  Perhaps Rodgers wouldn't be invited because HE will be in the Super Bowl???  This year, you never know.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 10:01 am
 

Dissecting the Pro Bowl snubs

You forgot one other huge stat...After week 16, Drew Brees has double +1 more interceptions than Aaron Rodgers does.  Now after last nights game, he has the highest QB rating in the NFC!  Though now I see your stats were on Matt Ryan.  I agree with you that the Falcons have the record they do because of their run game, plus their defense.  I have to believe that the voters didn't look at stats because they clearly show that Aaron Rodgers should of been at the very least the #2 pick for NFC QB's. 



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 3:24 am
 

Dissecting the Pro Bowl snubs

FYI, more than likely Ryan,Brees or Vick will be in the Superbowl, so Rodgers will get named eventually anyway.



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 3:24 am
 

Dissecting the Pro Bowl snubs

FYI, more than likely Ryan,Brees or Vick will be in the Superbowl, so Rodgers will get named eventually anyway.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 3:05 am
 

Dissecting the Pro Bowl snubs

At the risk of verging on the homeristic...no mention of Vernon Davis?  Even in the snubs article?  He was better than Tony Gonzalez in just about every category, AND did it in spite of horrific quarterback play.


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