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The Kansas City Chiefs have five players headed to the Pro Bowl. That’s right—five players from the 2-13 Chiefs have been recognized by the fans, their peers and coaches to represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl. The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders beat the Chiefs a combined four times and have no players that were selected.
The Chiefs were hoping to be playing in January at the start of the season, but I don’t think this was their intention. Jamaal Charles and Derrick Johnson made the roster as reserves and deserved to be selected, but the other three selections are dumbfounding.
Dustin Colquitt, Eric Berry and Tamba Hali made the Pro Bowl as starters, which means they were recognized as the best in the AFC at their positions. That’s hard to swallow even for the most optimistic Chiefs fans.
Justin Houston has outperformed Hali all season at outside linebacker and didn’t make the Pro Bowl at all. Hali does have nine sacks, so maybe his selection wasn’t that bad? Even nine sacks in a down year for Hali doesn’t change that he clearly wasn’t the best outside linebacker in the AFC or even on his own team.