OAKLAND RAIDERS 2010-11 PRO BOWLERS
With the exception of Nnamdi Asomugha the recent Oakland Raider's probowl selections have been limited to special teamers.
While some may blame a lack of talent, I'm just gonna go ahead and blame JaMarcus Russell.
This year's new look Raiders could add a few more to the list; including a few surprises.
Let's go ahead and get the easy ones out of the way. Perhaps the greatest punter in the history of the NFL.
No other punter in the NFL has been as consistent or as accurate as Shane Lechler. The only punter currently in the NFL that can really be considered a weapon. Hopefully he gets much less practice this year.
I'm also gonna throw Condo in here. The best long snapper in the game.
If you can't agree with this pick there's no helping you. The best in the business today. While he may not yet have a clever name for his play on the field, Nnamdi is a leader on the field and off. He's also been in camp helping his team get better, can you hear me on Revis Island?
Does anything rhyme with Asomugha? How about The Warden for keeping QBs on lockdown....or BTR as in Better Than Revis...I clearly suck at nick names. Either way you can expect Nnamdi to be representing the Raiders once again.
Among the Raider players, Zach Miller has perhaps suffered the most from the JaMarcus Russell era. While Zach was JMR's clear favorite, the overall poor play left him with fewer opportunities and often stuck in protection.
Despite this he finished the 2009 season with 66 grabs for 805 yards. Miller and Campbell have reportedly developed a great rapport in camp. With Campbell's history of targeting tight ends look for Zack to finally have the year he deserves and be on his way to Hawaii.
We all know Seabass was robbed of his probowl last year. To add insult to injury the spot was given to AFC west rival Nate Kaeding who then proceeded to kill San Diego's playoff run. Nice work Nate.
Jamarcus can also be partially blamed for this. Probowl kickers are primarily picked by points scored and with you know who he just didn't get enough chances
Seabass was 26 of 29 attempts last season including a 61 yard bomb againt Cleveland that would have easily been good from 62 yards.
His only three misses were from distances of 50+ yards. When trailing Seabas had 85 percent accuracya and while winning or tied was 100 percent accurate.
Kaeding's long was from 55. When trailing Kaeding had a miserable 77 percent accuracy and when tied and abismal 71 percent. Over 80 percent of Kaeding attempts were from 30 yards or less.
The only thing Dirty Murph has going against him this year is that he's no longer a secret. Murphy is a legitimate deep threat and plays with tenacity reminiscent of Raider greats.
Murphy burst on to the Raider scene in last years Monday night opener against the Chargers; where his buttock was robbed of a touchdown ultimately costing the Raiders a victory.
He delighted Raider fans by teaming up with Bruce Gradkowski for comeback wins against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
On what looks to be a sack happy defense Trevor Scott will be one of the stars. As he gets more and more comfortable with his new position look for Trevor to be a serious threat to rack up sacks on third down.
Scott will also rack up tackles for a loss and disrupt the back field. At his new position you can throw in a few pass defends and possibly an interception. Sounds like a probowl recipe to me.
Trevor finished 09 with 7 sacks and 43 tackles while playing in limited situations.
With only 2 starts as a rookie Shaughnessy finished with 29 tackles and 4 sacks. Coming off an impressive preseason game against Dallas the Raiders are having a tough time keeping this guy a secret.
Nnamdi himself said Shaughnessy will be a star; a pretty good endorsement.
With Seymour moving inside to his natural position and Shaughnessy moving to his natural weakside position 2010 will spell disaster for opposing QBs. WhileKelly and Seymour are eating up lineman look for Shaughnessy to be the primary benefactor and tally sacks on a weekly basis much like Jared Allen.
While Seymour will prove to be invaluable in the development of the Raider defense his move inside may cost him the probowl. There might not be enough sacks to go around. The good news for Richard? He'll get paid over 12 million this year, a nice consolation.
Tyvon made a lot of good tackles and plays last year, unfortunately they were plays he should have to be making. I still think Tyvon is probably another year away from reaching his potential.
Rolando McClain and Lamarr Houston
While both are potential Defensive Rookies of the year a probowl among such stiff competition seems unrealistic.
If Bush is given the carries he might be able to carry himself right to the probowl. Don't think he'll get enough opportunities sharing the backfield.
Can he stay healthy enough to play all 16 games and earn a spot that's the only question.