Philadelphia Eagles

Evan Mathis Gets Pro Bowl Snub as Chris Snee Rides Reputation Back to Hawaii

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Guard Evan Mathis #69 of the Philadelphia Eagles before a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

Victor Cruz wasn't the only New York Giant who gained a Pro Bowl berth he wasn't worthy of on Wednesday, and he wasn't the only offensive player on the G-Men to make the NFC roster in place of a snub within his division. 

That's because guard Chris Snee has been named to the team ahead of Evan Mathis of the Philadelphia Eagles

If the Pro Bowl had any impact on society or the sports world whatsoever, I'd call it a travesty. But instead I'll just state that Snee getting a Pro Bowl nod ahead of Mathis is another indication that pro football's annual professional All-Star game is a farce. 

The Eagles might have had a disastrous year, but that had very little to do with Mathis, who stood like a rock at left guard while the rest of the offense crumbled around him. 

Pro Football Focus ratings aren't everything, but Mathis will finish with easily the best PFF rating among NFL guards for the second straight year. He's given up only one sack and 20 hurries in 15 games and opens up holes better than any offensive lineman in the game. 

Snee has surrendered only two sacks and 27 total pressures, which isn't far from Mathis' range (despite the fact Mathis has taken 152 more snaps on passing plays than Snee has), but he's not even close to as effective in terms of his ability to run block. 

However, Snee is a three-time Pro Bowler. His 2011 season was so weak that not even his reputation could get him a spot on the NFC team, but this year he has been much more steady and consistent. Mathis has never been named to the Pro Bowl, and 31-year-olds don't just suddenly begin to get recognized in this process, regardless of how dominant they become. 

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