Hawaii Bound: 4 New York Giants Selected to Pro Bowl
The New York Giants' season has been up and down in terms of wins and losses.
There have been games in which the defense and offense have played outstanding and games when no one has shown up. Despite a season that has been difficult to watch for fans and may be in jeopardy, four Giants have been selected to represent the NFC in the 2011 Pro Bowl.
DE, Justin Tuck
Perhaps the most deserving Giant to be selected to the Pro Bowl, Tuck leads the Giants in sacks (11) and fumbles recovered (five). When compared to defensive lineman throughout the NFL, Tuck is sixth in sacks, third in tackles (74), second in forced fumbles (six) and first in fumbles recovered.
Tuck has undoubtedly become the vocal leader of a defense that has been great at times while adapting to Perry Fewell's new defensive scheme.
A versatile player, Tuck can play the defensive tackle and end position, move from the three-point stance and four-point stance and also plays as a standing rusher. This is Tuck's second Pro Bowl to go along with one All-Pro Team.
Notable 2010 Games: Vs. Chicago: Seven tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble
At. Philly: Seven tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles
Vs. Washington: three tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles
FS, Antrel Rolle
With the safety position being wrecked after Kenny Phillips' injury last year, Jerry Reese went out and spent a bundle on fixing the secondary. He signed Deon Grant and Antrel Rolle, who both have been key in turning around the Giants' secondary.
Despite Rolle's help in improving the Giants' pass defense to eighth in the league, he has not been all that impressive in terms of statistics. Rolle's vote is purely based on his popularity carrying over from his success with the Arizona Cardinals. It is also debatable that Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster and Deon Grant have all had better seasons and they were not selected.
Either way, Rolle has been selected to his second Pro Bowl in two years.
Notable 2010 Games: At. Green Bay: seven tackles, one forced fumble
Vs. Detroit: six tackles, one interception
C, Shaun O'Hara
Perhaps the most suspect selection out of any Pro Bowler this year is Shaun O'Hara. O'Hara has been one of the best centers in past years when healthy. But that was not the case this year.
O'Hara has only played in six games this year and has struggled at times. Rich Seubert, who filled in for O'Hara on the Giants' restructured line, played much better in his time at center.
This is O'Hara's third Pro Bowl in three years.
OG, Chris Snee
The Giant's have once again been one of the more successful running teams in the NFL. A reason for that is guard Chris Snee.
Snee started every game this past year and has not missed a game since his rookie season.
Snee has been a great addition out of Boston College for the Giants and is one of the best guards in the NFL. He is most deserving of the Pro Bowl nod, his third in three years.
Pro Bowl Snubs
Hakeem Nicks: 79 catches, 1,052 yards receiving, 11 touchdowns
Terrell Thomas: 91 tackles, one sack, five interceptions, 25 passes defended, four fumbles forced
Osi Umenyiora: 9.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, 43 tackles