2010 NFL Pro Bowl: Why You Should Vote For Darren McFadden Of The Raiders

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IOctober 30, 2010

2010 NFL Pro Bowl: Why You Should Vote For Darren McFadden Of The Raiders

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    Darren McFaddenJustin Edmonds/Getty Images

    (This slideshow includes all my picks for the 2010 Pro Bowl).

    It's that time of year again.

    No, not the day before Halloween, or another publicity stunt in Washington.  Not the weekend before the 2010 US elections.

    It's Pro Bowl votin' time.  As Howard Dean would say, "Yeah!"

    I must admit that I really should be more concerned with the election on Tuesday and reading up on the issues. 

    But as I have come to realize over the years, pro football is meant to inoculate people from caring about anything else, including government and future of the country.

    Eventually, I concluded that politics is analogous to a baseball game.  The maxim for winning in baseball is, "Pitching, defense, and timely hitting."  In politics, the maxim for winning is, "Rhetoric, spin, and timely scandals."

    Well, if some meaningless fun is all we get as the powers that be eff everything up, then I'll take it.  I also vote for American Idol, because well, at least then I can affect change in the direction of pop-culture.

    I used to care, but things have changed.

    When I was 13, I couldn't wait to vote for president.  I knew the Constitution by heart.  I was upset that I would miss the 2000 election by only a few months.  Nowadays, I don't really care about that or any election, even if I follow it simply because it's what I know.

    Voting for government is like picking between butter and "I can't believe it's not butter."

    It's like George Carlin used to say.  We have all kinds of choices, like 31 flavors of ice cream.  Yet, when it comes to voting on election day, we only have two choices. 

    I suppose you could say we have the choice between vanilla ice cream and, "vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry" ice cream.

    I may be jaded by the political process, but if you're not, then by all means you should get out to vote.

    Enough with my spiel.

    I wanted to advocate tailback Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders for the 2010 Pro Bowl roster.

    The AFC has a crowded group of running-backs to choose from, such as Arian Foster of the Texans, Chris Johnson of the Titans, LaDainian Tomlinson of the Jets, Peyton Hillis of the Browns and Rashard Mendenhall of the Steelers.

    I would not pick Jamaal Charles or Thomas Jones of the Chiefs, because both have had nearly equal time, and both benefit from the offensive line.

    You can only choose three. Foster would be an obvious No. 1, but I'm conflicted by the fact that he runs in offense where almost any running back could succeed.  Johnson would be my second pick.

    And here's where things get gray.

    Darren McFadden: five games, 111.4 yards per game, six total touchdowns, 34 first downs, 750 yards running and receiving, seven plays of more than 20 yards, and one fumble.

    LaDainian Tomlinson: six games, 81.7 yards per game, five total touchdowns, 32 first downs, 597 yards running and receiving, five plays of more than 20 yards, and one fumble.

    Rashard Mendenhall: six games, 88.7 yards per game, five total touchdowns, 28 first downs, 580 yards running and receiving, four plays of more than 20 yards, and zero fumbles.

    Peyton Hillis: seven games, 65.7 yards per game, six total touchdowns, 38 first downs, 653 total yards running and receiving, four plays of more than 20 yards, and three fumbles.

    My immediate thoughts were that even though LT is flipping the bird at the critics that thought he was done (not me), he has a better offensive line with D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, and Damien Woody.  Hillis also runs behind Joe Thomas and Eric Steinbach.

    Mendenhall basically carried the Steelers offense during the suspension of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  At the same time, I think this is a different era for running backs.  A running back should be a dual threat.  I also consider that Mendenhall had the Pittsburgh defense to protect leads.

    In the case of McFadden, he's been an explosive dual threat without consistency at quarterback or the offensive line that has been hampered by injuries. 

    In that sense, I think McFadden has proved that between him and Mendenhall, McFadden is the better individual running back in 2010.

Quarterbacks

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    Peyton ManningWin McNamee/Getty Images

    AFC

    Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

    Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

    Tom Brady, New England Patriots

     

    NFC

    Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

    Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

    Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

     

    Just Missed:

    Mark Sanchez, Jets; Kyle Orton, Broncos; Matt Cassel, Chiefs; Matt Shaub, Texans, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers; Aaron Rodgers, Packers; Josh Freeman, Buccaneers; Sam Bradford, Rams

Halfbacks

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    AFC

    Arian Foster, Houston Texans

    Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

    Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

     

    NFC

    Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

    Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

    Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

     

    Just Missed:

    Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers; Peyton Hillis, Browns; LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets; Thomas Jones, Chiefs; Frank Gore, 49ers; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Michael Turner, Falcons; Jahvid Best, Lions.

Fullbacks

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    Mike TolbertEzra Shaw/Getty Images

    AFC

    Mike Tolbert, San Diego Chargers

     

    NFC

    Madison Hedgecock, New York Giants

     

    Just Missed:

    Tony Richardson, Jets; Marcel Reece, Raiders

Wideouts

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    Kenny BrittAndy Lyons/Getty Images

    AFC

    Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts

    Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

    Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens

    Terrell Owens, Cincinnati Bengals

     

    NFC:

    Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

    Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

    Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

    Santana Moss, Washington Redskins

     

    Just Missed:

    Reggie Wayne, Colts; Brandon Lloyd, Broncos; Hakeem Nicks, Giants; Greg Jennings, Packers

Tight Ends

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    Antonio GatesDonald Miralle/Getty Images

    AFC

    Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

    Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders

    Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars

     

    NFC

    Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

    Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

    Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins

     

    Just Missed:

    Dustin Keller, Jets; Todd Heap, Ravens; Ben Watson, Browns; Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings

Offensive Tackles

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    Ryan CladyDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

    AFC

    Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos

    Damien Woody, New York Jets

    Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens

     

    NFC

    Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles

    Kareem McKenzie, New York Giants

    Chad Clifton, Green Bay Packers

     

    Just Missed:

    Matt Light, Patriots; Michael Roos, Titans; Russell Okung, Seahawks

Offensive Guards

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    Kris DielmanStephen Dunn/Getty Images

    AFC

    Kris Dielman, San Diego Chargers

    Brian Waters, Kansas City Chiefs

    Eric Steinbach, Cleveland Browns

     

    NFC

    Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota Vikings

    Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints

    Carl Nicks, New Orleans Saints

     

    Just Missed:

    Ben Grubbs, Ravens; Chris Chester, Ravens; Ryan Lilja, Chiefs; Justin Smiley, Jaguars; Wade Smith, Dolphins; Chris Snee, Giants; Harvey Dahl, Falcons; Ben Hamilton, Seahawks; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Leonard Davis, Cowboys

Centers

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    Nick Mangold, 74Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    AFC

    Nick Mangold, New York Jets

    Dan Koppen, New England Patriots

     

    NFC

    Andre Gurode, Dallas Cowboys

    Jason Brown, St. Louis Rams

     

    Just Missed:

    Jeff Saturday, Colts, Matt Birk, Ravens; Brad Meester, Jaguars; Chris Myers, Texans; Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers; Scott Wells, Packers, Chris Spencer, Seahawks

Defensive Tackles

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    Kelly GreggJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    AFC

    Richard Seymour, Oakland Raiders

    Jason Jones, Tennessee Titans

    Kelly Gregg, Baltimore Ravens

     

    NFC

    Nndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions

    Colin Cole, Seattle Seahawks

    BJ Raji, Green Bay Packers

     

    Just Missed:

    Tommy Kelly, Raiders, Ahtyba Rubin, Browns; Vince Wilfork, Patriots; Kyle Williams, Bills, Sedrick Ellis, Saints, Barry Cofield, Giants

Defensive Ends

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    Mario WilliamsChris Graythen/Getty Images

    AFC

    Mario Williams, Houston Texans

    Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts

    Jason Babin, Tennessee Titans

     

    NFC

    Trent Cole, Philadelphia Eagles

    Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants

    James Hall, St. Louis Rams

     

    Just Missed:

    Matt Shaughnessy, Raiders; Dave Ball, Titans; Darnell Dockett, Cardinals; John Abraham, Falcons; Justin Smith, 49ers

Outside Linebackers

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    James HarrisonGregory Shamus/Getty Images

    AFC

    James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Shaun Phillips, San Diego Chargers

    Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs

     

    NFC

    Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers

    Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins

    DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys

     

    Just Missed:

    LaMarr Woodley, Steelers; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; DJ Williams, Broncos; Chad Greenway, Vikings; Michael Boley, Giants

Cornerbacks

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    Nnamdi AsomughaEzra Shaw/Getty Images

    AFC

    Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders

    Darelle Revis, New York Jets

    Leon Hall, Cincinnati Bengals

     

    NFC

    Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers

    DeAngelo Hall, Washington Redskins

    Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears

     

    Just Missed:

    Antonio Cromartie, Jets; Asante Samuel, Eagles; Aqib Talib, Buccaneers

Free Safety

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    Michael GriffinAndy Lyons/Getty Images

    AFC

    Brian Dawkins, Denver Broncos

    Michael Griffin, Tennessee Titans

     

    NFC

    Nate Allen, Philadelphia Eagles

    Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks

     

    Just Missed:

    Chris Crocker, Bengals; Antoine Bethea, Colts

Strong Safety

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    Troy PolamaluGrant Halverson/Getty Images

    AFC

    Troy Polamalu, Pitssburgh Steelers

     

    NFC
    LaRon Landry, Washington Redskins

     

    Just Missed:

    Eric Berry, Chiefs; TJ Ward, Browns; Donte Whitner, Bills; Tyvon Branch, Raiders

Inside Linebackers

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    Ray LewisJim Rogash/Getty Images

    AFC

    Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

    Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers

     

    NFC

    Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers

    Curtis Lofton, Atlanta Falcons

     

    Just Missed:

    Stephen Tulloch, Titans; Jerod Mayo, Patriots; Derrick Johnson, Chiefs; James Laurinaitis, Rams; AJ Hawk, Packers; Jonathan Goff, Giants

Special Teams

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    Danny WoodheadJim Rogash/Getty Images

    AFC

    Sebastian Janikowski, kicker, Oakland Raiders

    Shane Lechler, punter, Oakland Raiders

    Marc Mariani, return specialist, Tennessee Titans

    Danny Woodhead, special teams, New England Patriots

    Jeremy Cain, long snapper, Jacksonville Jaguars

     

     

    NFC

    John Kasay, kicker, Carolina Panthers

    Donnie Jones, punter, St. Louis Rams

    Devin Hester, return specialist, Chicago Bears

    Kerry Rhodes, special teams, Arizona Cardinals

    Don Muhlbach, long snapper, Detroit Lions