Every year there seems to be a lot of amazing players overlooked for the Pro Bowl voting. Sometimes it makes absolutely no sense at all. As if it's become a popularity contest like the MVP awards. I see players on this list for this season and it leaves me puzzled to see what thought process was behind voting for some of these players. Here's a list of guys who were overlooked during this season's voting.
Aaron Rodgers has completed 65.5% of his passes for 3,693 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 101.9 with one game to go. Rodgers lost his star tight end Jermichael Finley in the first quarter of the season and his star runningback Ryan Grant in the first game of the season. Not to mention one of, if not the longest, injury list in the NFL as a team this season.
So who got the roster spot over Rodgers? Matt Ryan, who completed 62.2% of his passes for 3,469 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 89.9 while playing in one and one-half more games than Rodgers.
If you point out the fact that the Falcons have a far superior record, then you should realize that Ryan also had the majority of his starters all season long, not to mention that the offense also relied more on the run than relying on Ryan himself as Green Bay had to rely on Aaron Rodgers. The Falcons were first in the NFC in rush attempts with 465.
Lesean McCoy averaged 5.2 yards per carry for 1,080 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns in 15 games this season. He was also a great weapon out of the backfield. Catching 78 balls for 592 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air for a total of 1,672 yards and 9 total touchdowns.
The man making the trip over McCoy is Steven Jackson. Jackson on 319 attempts had an average yards per carry of 3.7 for 1,196 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. Jackson also a receiving asset caught 42 balls for 344 yards, finding pay-dirt 0 times. Jackson through 15 games has a total of 1,540 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The only category that Jackson gets over McCoy is in rushing yards by 116 more yards, but on 112 more attempts than McCoy. Which proves that McCoy has done more with less and should be in the Pro Bowl.
Hakeem Nicks fought through injuries to 79 receptions for 1,052 yards and "count 'em" 11 touchdowns. Nicks proved to be Eli Mannings go-to guy this season. Although held up by injuries Nicks still put up monster numbers. But wait...
Desean Jackson makes the Pro Bowl this season with a "whopping" 47 receptions for 1,056 yards and 6 touchdowns. Jackson obviously an important and dangerous weapon for the Eagles offense, but statistics show that that he wasn't even the number one wide receiver on the team. Jeremy Maclin had 23 more receptions with 70 and 4 more touchdowns scoring 10 times through the air. Jackson only had four more receptions and two more scores than tight end Brent Celek.
Other notables: Marques Colston with a line of 84 rec/1,023 yds/7 tds
Personally I would have given this spot to Chris Cooley who had 72 receptions for 796 yards and 3 touchdowns. But being that Desean Jackson got to the Pro Bowl with his 47 receptions then why not give it to a guy like Vernon Davis.
Vernon Davis playing through another quarterback carousel caught 53 passes for 818 yards and 6 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Tony Gonzalez gets the job with 64 receptions for 603 yards and 5 touchdowns. Gonzo lead Davis in receptions but falls in yards and scores.
So Julius Peppers builds a name for himself in Carolina then runs off to Chicago to a winning team and people think he should get in automatically?
Charles Johnson for those of you who didn't notice has 51 solo tackles and 11.5 sacks on the season. Lets compare that to the guy who made the Pro Bowl, Julius Peppers' 39 solo tackles and 8 sacks.
That's right. Explain that one....
Other notables: Jared Allen- 42 solo tackles/ 10.5 sacks
B.J. Raji at this point has 28 solo tackles and 6.5 sacks in this season. He will be sitting at home watching Jay Ratliff play in his spot with 21 solo tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Other notables: Sedrick Ellis 27 solo/ 6 sacks
Chad Greenway just like Jared Allen will be watching the Pro Bowl at home this year. Greenway had 105 (leads NFC) solo tackles and 1 sack this season.
Instead his spot will be filled by Lance Briggs who compiled 69 solo tackles with 2 sacks. Wow...
Other notables: Brian Orakpo 35 tackles/ 8.5 sacks.
The New Orleans Saints are ranked 1st overall in the NFC in pass defense and not one single defensive player made the Pro Bowl...not one!!! Not to mention being ranked 2nd overall in the entire NFL. Also with Injuries to Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer, players like Malcom Jenkins and rookie Patrick Robinson were able to step up and fill the void until their return.
But yet we have Deangelo Hall in the Pro Bowl. Yeah he had 6 interceptions, but 4 came in one game. Not likely to ever happen again. And more of a fluky performance.
Safety Roman Harper who leads the NFC in tackles didn't make the Pro Bowl.