Posted by cowcatcher
i cant argue with a ton of the picks, but the fact that only 4 packers and 7 vikings are on it blows my mind. also the cowboys had 11, dont get me wrong, they are a very good team, but they have the same record as the pack. team records usually have a ton to do with this so how in the hell are there only 4 packers, guys like greg jennings, chad clifton, nick barnett, and charles woodson were left off while patrick willis gets the nod and although he leads the league in tackles(on a horrible team whose offense cant stay on the field) he has 1 sack and ZERO interceptions. obviously im biased and guys that have been there before more often than not get the nod, but having a big name at your position doesnt equal a pro bowl type year. at least the pro bowl is the most pathetic all star game in american sports, i just would have liked to see some more of the guys from a 12-2 team get individual recognition.
EDIT: on a sode note i think its great that sean taylor got onto the roster despite his passing, its a nice send off to a quality player taken too soon.
Where to start Cow(boy)catcher :) First - I agree that being on high profile and winning teams helps your chances of making the pro bowl. 2nd- I'm glad you admit your biased, because we disagree. Whether anyone believes me or not, I don't consider myself biased ,and will let Dallas have it when I feel they deserve it. I am aware most fans are biased towards there team, but I think my perspective as a football coach gives me a more detached way of watching the game. I always Tivo Dallas games ,and watch them 3 to 4 times. I usually re watch all the games the NFL network replays a few times as well. Lets address your points. Greg Jennings- Donald Driver made it instead based on his seniority . You generally have to be good for a couple of years straight , unless you have such a incredible year ( like Adrian Peterson) that it can't be denied. While both had good years, Jennings seemed to make a lot more big plays, and I would personally substitute him for Driver this year, even though I think Don had more catches. Driver is more established ,so he got it instead. I agree with you on Barnett or even Hawk. Hard to pick which one goes though. Hawk is better in coverage, and more athletic. Barnett is a tackling machine. I would have picked either over Willis. I don't discount Willis, he is also a tackling machine, but he makes them farther back from the line than Barnett. Whether that is due to the guys in front of him , or him having slower instincts will be proven out over time. Woodson is till a top 15 corner IMO, but Al Harris made it instead. I actually think Harris is better play to play than Woodson. Charles gambles too much IMO, so while he will make a lot of big plays, he will also give up his share. Chad Clifton is well past his prime IMO. As a former lineman it's where I look first. I think your center is actually your best lineman currently.Wells gets off the ball quick ,and is very good chipping off double teams at the second level. He even anchors pretty well against the bull rush, and stood out when I was re watching the film of that game. He is also very good with his hands , and keeps his center of gravity low. I would rank Wells currently the 5th best center in football behind Birk, Gurode, Saturday, and Hardwick. Bentley was the best before his injury, but he still hasn't made it back. Clifton has performed well since the big injury 4 or 5 years ago , but is more of finesse technician now who can be pushed around, and he doesn't always take enough depth on his jab step against speed rushers. If he were to make the pro bowl this year, it would have been on reputation only , the same way Roy Williams made it last year when he was exposed with deep coverage problems. Leonard Davis is where I disagree with you most. He has in no way been a bust , His first 3 years in the league AZ played him at guard and he was dominant. The only reason I can see him not making the Pro Bowl ,at least 2 out of 3 of those years, is he played on a bad team. Then they moved him to LT, which is what he was drafted to play, even though he didn't have the feet to play on the left side against speed rushers. He was a dominant run blocker there, but only average as a pass blocker on the whole. He was way below average against speed rushers on the left side IMO. At guard for Dallas he has been a force all year long. Only Steve Hutchinson, a healthy Shawn Andrews , and Alan Faneca are currently better at guard. If Dallas can't re-sign Flozell, and they move Davis to LT next year, I think he will have the same problems as before. Thankfully Roy Wiliams didn't get in this year. He is now best suited to be a weak side LB in a tampa 2 cover scheme, and is lost in coverage. It's not really a speed thing anymore, he just gets turned too easily, and it has actually made him tentative when someone catches the ball in front of him. Williams used to light people up when they caught the ball routinely. Now he only does it when coming to give help in zone coverage. Hamlin really covered the deep ball problems we had last year and had some huge plays , and is very deserving to me. He was a alternate for Seattle 2 years ago, so he was already on the cusp IMO. Anyway. Just my opinion of course. By the way, that star sure is shiny