Thursday, December 30, 2010

NFC Pro Bowl All-Snub Team

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Rodgers' stats were on-par with Matt Ryan's, and considering that Rodgers didn't have a run game all year, that's incredible. Oh yeah, and he also had over 325 yards rushing and 4 rushing touchdowns. Brees threw over 20 picks this year, he shouldn't have been invited at all.

Running Back: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
He's going to end the year with over 1100 rushing yards and over 600 receiving yards. He also leads his team in receptions, he's averaging over 5 yards per carry and he'll probably end the season somewhere around 10 total touchdowns. I hate that I'm saying this, but Steven Jackson doesn't deserve it this year and he's getting in off of reputation. I'm not mad at him getting in, though, as he's been the only guy on that team for so long. Hell, he's ran for over 1200 yards with no O-line in past years. But this year, McCoy earned it and should have gotten in.

Fullback: John Kuhn: Green Bay
Ovie is a well-known run blocker, and a great one at that. I'm not mad with his selection at all, but I feel Kuhn deserved it more this year. Everyone knows that the Packers running attack was terrible, so that left Aaron Rodgers having to pick up ALL of the yards. So, whenever they have a 3rd and 1 or a 4th and inches, who are they turning to? Brandon Jackson?? No, they turn to John Kuhn. The 6'1, 250-pound sledgehammer. Every time I'd watch the Packers I loved watching him run in short yardage situations. It was so exciting, because either he salvages the drive, or the defense dodges a bullet. Either way, whichever team won the battle earned it. Every time he takes the field, it's in a crunch-time situation. That, or he's running over some poor linebacker.

Wide Receiver: Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Desean Jackson is a big play threat, I get it. Most dangerous player of his kind? Hell yes. Better than Hakeem Nicks? NO! They have the same yardage, Hakeem Nicks has 11 TDs as opposed to Desean's 6, and Nicks has 79 receptions as opposed to Desean's 47! In one less game played no less! Jackson may have games where he goes off for 150 and 2 TDs, but he also has games where he completely dissapears. Nicks is a complete wideout who is also a pretty good deep threat.

Tight End: Vernon Davis, San Francisco
Let's not mince any words here: Tony Gonzalez should not have been invited. He had a mediocre year, and Vernon Davis had a great year despite having to deal with a terrible quarterback situation in San Fran.

Offensive Tackle: N/A
I'm fine with it, although I feel Jason Peters got anointed the Greatest Tackle on Earth undeservingly so and I've heard Jason Smith from the Rams has been having a really good year.

Offensive Guard: Mike Iupati, San Francisco
I don't care which one gets the boot (my gut says Snee), but Iupati has to get in the Pro Bowl. I'm not big into watching Offensive linemen during a game, but Iupati is such a bulldozer you can't help but enjoy watching him. He's like a 6'5, 330-pound fullback, but meaner.

Center: N/A
I'm ok with this.

Defensive End: N/A
I'm fine with it, although Tuck should be starting alongside Peppers.

Defensive Tackle: B.J. Raji, Green Bay
B.J. Raji got 7 sacks as a pure nose tackle, it's a crime he isn't in. Also, Jay Ratliff is overrated as hell.

Outside Linebacker: N/A
They got the starters right, hard to screw that one up. And while I understand the Orakpo movement, Briggs has been phenomenal this year.

Middle Linebacker: London Fletcher, Washington
Almost every year this guy gets snubbed, and it's a damn shame. It's pitiful that the 2nd best middle linebacker of the last decade has only made 1 Pro Bowl in his entire career. He's a tackling machine at only 5'10 and he's never missed a game in his career. He's great in coverage, he can get sacks if you need him to, he's a truly special player who has been overlooked his entire career. Meanwhile, Willis has been getting burned in coverage and for all of the tackles he's had, has let too many people by him. He may get held to a higher standard, but that's because most middle linebackers aren't 6'1, 240-pound behemoths than run a sub-4.5 40 yard dash.

Cornerback: Tramon Williams, Green Bay and Brent Grimes, Atlanta
Grimes has been playing great all year (most underrated player in the league without a doubt) and Hall is getting in off of one great game. Tramon Williams (along with NY Giant Terrell Thomas) has been one of the most underrated cornerbacks of the last 2-3 years, and Charles Woodson is slowing down much faster than anticipated.

Free Safety: Earl Thomas, Seahawks and Kerry Rhodes, Arizona
Earl Thomas has been what we all expected him to become, a hell of a ballhawk. He did it much sooner than anticipated and, while I am a Giants fan, I don't see why Antrel Rolle is in the Pro Bowl. His main asset is his play making ability, which he can't do much of when he's only got 1 pick on the year as opposed to Thomas' 5. Nick Collins has had a good year, but it's a down year for his standards and, statistically, Kerry Rhodes has just about everything under the sun. 87 tackles, 1 sack, 4 interceptions, 12 pass deflections, and 2 defensive touchdowns.

Strong Safety: William Moore, Atlanta
The Falcons defense deserves some credit, and aside from Abraham, they don't have any representatives. Well, William Moore very quietly has played some of the best ball in the league at strong safety, with 5 picks and 8 pass deflections. But more importantly, Adrian Wilson has played like absolute garbage and got in strictly off of reputation.