When a team is 2-8, it probably won't get many players into the Pro Bowl. That's the reality.
These players are noticed by Rams fans, but probably aren't by the rest of the football world. Hopefully, the fan voting will disprove that and allow these athletes to take their place among the NFL's elite.
Here are four Rams who deserve to make the Pro Bowl.
Chris Long has been extremely productive this year and has proven to be a worthy first-round pick for St. Louis.
Thus far in 2011, Long has nine sacks, which ties him for sixth in the NFL. He also has a forced fumble and 21 tackles.
Long should definitely earn his first Pro Bowl bid in 2011.
Donnie Jones has had another quality year punting for the Rams.
Jones is ranked second in the league in punts pinning offenses inside their own 20. He is also in the top 10 in number of fair catches forced this season.
Jones should also receive Pro Bowl consideration despite a poor Rams team.
Steven Jackson probably won’t make the Pro Bowl. That’s a shame.
Jackson has 749 yards and four touchdowns through 10 games. He ranks eighth in the league in rushing yards. While those numbers aren’t the best in football, they are good enough.
Also, shouldn’t a player’s individual worth be measured by his value to his team? Under that criteria, Jackson is definitely one of the most valuable players in the NFL.
He is the centerpiece of the Rams offense. As evidenced on Sunday, when Jackson does not have a productive game (42 yards), the Rams struggle mightily.
He is a Pro Bowl-worthy player.
The Baltimore Ravens have drafted defensive linemen many times during the career of star linebacker Ray Lewis. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is part of the reason Lewis’ career has shined well past the age of 30.
James Laurinaitis does not have the talent around him on the Rams that Lewis has on the Ravens. Despite that hindrance, Laurinaitis is without a doubt one of the better young linebackers in the NFL.
Laurinaitis should be a Pro Bowler this year. He will be sooner rather than later.