2009 NFL Pro Bowl Snubs

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 30, 2009

MIAMI - DECEMBER 27:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Texans defeated the Dolphins 27-20.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Before we get started, check out my Week 17 NFL picks.

The Pro Bowl rosters are pretty much what they should be. But there are always some guys who get snubbed. Let’s take a look at them.


While some are calling for Ben Roethlisberger to make the roster over Tom Brady, I actually think Brady deserves it over Big Ben.

However, I do feel that Matt Schaub should be ahead of both of them.

All he’s done is lead the league in passing yards. He doesn’t have a No. 2 WR, plus he lost his tight end and No. 2 target (Owen Daniels) halfway through the year. He trumps Brady and Big Ben in completion percentage, completions, and passer rating. He has one fewer TD than Brady, but four more than Ben. Plus, he has half the sacks against him as Ben.

In the NFC, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, and Donovan McNabb deserve to be mentioned, but none have had the year Brett Favre has.

Running Back

Cedric Benson gets mentioned as a snub, but I think the AFC got it right. Chris Johnson and Maurice-Jones Drew had amazing seasons. Ray Rice didn’t have the TDs, but his total yards and the way he carried the Ravens make him a wise selection. I’d actually put Thomas Jones in over Benson.

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In the NFC, I like the picks of Adrian Peterson and Steven Jackson. DeAngelo Williams, on the other hand, should not have been picked; Frank Gore and Ryan Grant are both more deserving. I’ll give the nod to Gore since he doesn’t have quite the surrounding cast Grant does.

Wide Receiver

I can’t argue with Andre Johnson, Wes Welker, or Reggie Wayne. Brandon Marshall is questionable. Randy Moss, Vincent Jackson, and Chad Ochocinco are in the conversation. Given the QB situation Marshall has, I’ll stick with him despite Moss having more yards and TDs.

In the NFC, it’s between Sidney Rice, Roddy White, and New York’s Steve Smith for the final WR spot. In the end, I think they made the right call: Rice has made some unbelievable catches this year.

Tight End

I’m in total agreement in the AFC: Dallas Clark and Antonio Gates are easily the most deserving.

In the NFC, I think they missed the boat by picking Jason Witten. He had a ton of yards, but just one TD. Meanwhile, Brent Celek had a similar yardage total, but had seven more TDs. I would have even taken Tony Gonzalez over him.

Other Snubs

London Fletcher got jobbed. Jonathan Vilma had a nice year, but can’t London catch a break? He had 24 more tackles than Vilma. I kind of hope the Saints make the Super Bowl so Fletcher can make it as a replacement.

Leon Hall is a shutdown cornerback that picked off six passes. With all respect to Nnamdi Asomugha, I think Hall should have gotten the call.

DeSean Jackson made the team as a WR. Why not reward Percy Harvin for his impressive rookie season? He was also an electric return man.

I would absolutely go David Diehl at Left Tackle over Bryant McKinnie.

Originally published at LestersLegends.com.


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