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Chad Greenway, pictured above in the Pro Bowl, was third in the NFL in tackles but was only a late addition to the Pro Bowl.
The beginning of the 2012 campaign was an exciting time for Chad Greenway.
He was flying across the field, making plays left and right. He was on pace for the best season of his career and was making big plays.
It’s tough to be too critical of Greenway. He finished with 148 tackles, which was the third most in the NFL. But that total wasn’t enough to get him onto the original Pro Bowl roster.
Why is that?
Well, Greenway doesn’t make many spectacular plays. He’s not at or behind the line of scrimmage making tackles for losses nor does he force many turnovers.
But to begin 2012, he showed glimpses of progressing as a playmaking linebacker. He had a huge sack of Alex Smith on third down in Minnesota's Week 3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers and added another one. He recorded a lone sack the rest of the season.
This is a tall task for Greenway. At 30 years old and with six years of experience, he may be what he is at this point (six career interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 11.5 sacks).
But if he wants to become more than a fringe Pro Bowl player, which is still damn good, then he better thrust himself closer to the line of scrimmage, making plays and forcing turnovers.