2011 Pro Bowl: Was Chris Johnson Not Being Selected a Snub?
All football fans know of Chris Johnson's 2,000 yard campaign last year. Also, most fans know that 'CJ2K' vowed to get 2,500 yards rushing this season. Clearly this milestone was not met, and Johnson has been "snubbed" from the Pro Bowl.
However, a question that is circulating was is this truly a snub? In my opinion it was not.
Johnson ranks 3rd in rush yards with 1,325 behind fellow AFC backs Arian Foster (1,436) and Jamal Charles (1,380). Also, Johnson only has a single more yard than another AFC back, Maurice Jones-Drew (1,324).
Johnson is tied for 3rd in rushing touchdowns in the AFC at 11 behind Foster (14) and Benjarvus Green-Ellis (12). Rashard Mendenhall, Peyton Hillis, and Mike Tolbert also have 11.
In the AFC Johnson was 5th in Yards Per Rush. Charles (6.4), Danny Woodhead (5.6), McFadden (5.2), and Foster (4.9) all succeed Johnson's 4.5 average.
Statistically, Johnson is right up there for a back up spot on the roster. Foster and Charles should both be automatics for the game, and Jones-Drew seems just as worthy as Johnson. Also, if McFadden had not missed two games due to injury he probably would have been more worthy of the spot then Johnson.
This article was not written to attack Chris Johnson by any means. However it was written to question if Chris Johnson was actually deserving of a roster spot he was "snubbed" from in a year that the run game has dominated the AFC.
Johnson has much competition, and if he were given a spot over Foster or Charles it would have been wrong, and this would have been the snub.
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