Thursday, December 30, 2010

Five Guys that Should have made the Pro Bowl

Yes, I know that the Pro Bowl is an unwatchable piece of football.  It is always fun to debate the rosters, and this year is no exception.  While the Pro Bowl rosters only has 42 spots, as opposed to 53 for regular NFL teams, there were a number of players who were omitted from the preliminary rosters.  Many of the players chosen will bow out, but here's a list of five guys that should have made the cut, in no particular order.

  • Matt Cassel, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs:  I have been very outspoken in the past of Cassel, but his play this year has completely shut my mouth.  His 98.8 QB rating is 3rd in the AFC, behind fellow Pro Bowlers Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.  While his completion percentage leaves a lot to be desired, his 27/5 TD to INT ratio is excellent.  Plus he lead the Chiefs to the AFC West title.  Should be in over Peyton Manning.
  • Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers:  I personally think Rodgers is the biggest omission of all.  Despite all the injuries Green Bay has faced, Rodgers has been as stellar as ever.  3rd in all of the NFL in QB rating, 3rd in the NFC with 27 TD's, and almost 3,700 yards passing.  Rodgers is one of the finest QB's in all of football.  I would put him ahead of Matt Ryan.
  • Chris Johnson, Running Back, Tennessee Titans:  Before the season, Johnson proclaimed that he could rush for 2,500 yards.  Well, it didn't work out as he planned, but he still has had a solid season.  Johnson is 3rd in the AFC with 1,325 yards, and has 11 TD's.  He has turned in a good season with instability at the Quarterback position.  Give him a slight edge over MJD.
  • Mike Wallace, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers:  No, its not the guy from 60 minutes, its maybe the biggest deep threat in all of football.  Wallace is 4th in the AFC with 1152 yards, but is averaging a staggering 20.2 yards a reception.  He also averages 5.7 yards after the catch.  I'd take him over Reggie Wayne.
  • Antonio Garay, Defensive Tackle, San Diego Chargers:  The Chargers #1 ranked defense has no representatives, but Garay should have cracked the roster.  He was 4th among DT's with 5 sacks, and helped the Chargers rank second in the AFC against the run.  I'd give Garay a slight edge over Richard Seymour of the Raiders.  
These are five omissions that I feel should have been added to the respective Pro Bowl rosters.  Who would you select?

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