Pro Bowl Rosters: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Cassel the Biggest Offensive Omissions

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 29, 2010

Pro Bowl Rosters: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Cassel the Biggest Offensive Omissions

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out of the pocket against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Every year the Pro Bowl rosters come out and every year we absolutely love to complain about the players that didn't make it and should have. 

    All in all, the rosters are quite good this year. Some players, like Peyton Manning, made the cut solely on reputation and not based on their performance, but overall the choices are quite good. 

    That is not to say that they are without any glaring omissions. 

    Aaron Rodgers, for example, should absolutely be on the team, but he isn't. 

    Read on to see just who should've made the cut. 

Aaron Rodgers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is celebrates a touchdown against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Aaron Rodgers is enjoying an absolutely fantastic season. 

    While leading the Packers to a 9-6 record (but to be fair, two losses came while he was sitting on the bench with a concussion), Rodgers has thrown the pigskin 447 times. 

    He's found his intended receiver 293 times, good for a completion percentage of 65.5, the highest of his career. His passes have resulted in 3,693 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. 

    With his arm, Rodgers has earned a passer score of 44.06, a very solid mark. 

    On the ground, Rodgers has added another 335 yards and four touchdowns. 

    There's no way that Drew Brees and his 22 interceptions should be on the roster while Rodgers sits at home. 

Matt Cassel

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    After a dreadful year in 2009, Matt Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs have taken the NFL by surprise this year. 

    I'll admit that I didn't believe in Cassel for much of the season and kept predicting that a poor performance was looming in the horizon. I'll also admit that I was wrong. 

    Cassel has completed 251 of his 417 passes, resulting in 3,001 yards, 27 touchdowns and only five interceptions. 

    He's earned himself a passer score of 35.96, which while good but not great, is still significantly better than Peyton Manning's 31.01. 

    Yet somehow (reputation maybe?), Manning is going to the Pro Bowl and Cassel isn't. 

Darren McFadden

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during their game against the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Darren McFadden has enjoyed a true breakout year, but isn't being rewarded for his efforts. 

    McFadden has run for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Additionally, he's caught 47 passes for another 507 yards and three more scores. 

    This is despite missing two entire games early in the season and large portions of a game later on. 

    McFadden has been the reason for the Raiders re-emergence from the black hole they've been in for the last few years. 

    He deserves to be on the roster.

LeSean McCoy

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Instead of Stephen Jackson, LeSean McCoy should be representing the NFC at the running back position. 

    While opening up the field for Michael Vick, McCoy has run the ball 207 times, gaining 1,080 yards and scoring seven touchdowns. He's averaged 5.2 yards per carry in 2010. 

    McCoy has also caught 78 balls from Vick for 592 yards and another two scores. 

    He may not have monstrous stats, but he's been a catalyst for the Eagles this season. 

Brandon Pettigrew

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Brandon Pettigrew #84 of the Detroit Lions fails to catch a pass in the fourth quarter resulting in an interception against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jerse
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    Tony Gonzalez is one of the bigger head-scratchers on the NFC roster. 

    It seems as though voters were remembering past years and not looking at this year's performances. There are no less than three tight ends that could be replacing Gonzalez in the Pro Bowl. 

    The first of the three is Brandon Pettigrew. The second-year Detroit Lion has caught 68 passes (four more than Gonzalez) for 703 yards (100 more than Gonzalez) and four touchdowns (one less than Gonzalez). 

    Seems to me like this talented young man out of Oklahoma State should be playing in one more game after the regular season finishes. 

Chris Cooley

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Tight end Chris Cooley #47 of the Washington Redskins dives on a two point conversion against Barry Church #42 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Gett
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    Despite his drop-plagued game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chris Cooley is still the second of the three tight ends more deserving of a Pro Bowl spot than Tony Gonzalez. 

    Cooley has had to deal with an ineffective Donovan McNabb throwing to him for most of the season and then Rex Grossman in the latter portions. 

    He still has caught 72 passes (eight more than Gonzalez) for 796 yards (193 more than Gonzalez) and three touchdowns (two less than Gonzalez). 

    He's also been a very effective blocker this season. It's a shame he won't get to contribute to the NFC's cause. 

Vernon Davis

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    SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 12:    Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers runs for a tochdown after a catch against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on December 12, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/G
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    He had to deal with Alex Smith and Troy Smith attempting to feed him the ball this year, but Vernon Davis was still the most deserving tight end left off the NFC Pro Bowl roster. 

    Averaging over 15 yards per catch, Davis caught 53 passes this year. They resulted in 818 yards and six touchdowns. 

    For those of you keeping score at home, he was indeed more productive than Tony Gonzalez. 

    It's a shame that one of the few bright spots for San Francisco is going to be sitting at home. 

Hakeem Nicks

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    INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants is pictured during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Even though Hakeem Nicks has missed two games due to injury in his 2010 campaign, the talented wide receiver has still emerged as one of the biggest threats in the NFL. 

    Nicks has become Eli Manning's favorite target and it has shown. He started the season off with a bang, catching four passes for 75 yards and three touchdowns. 

    Over the course of the year, Nicks has reeled in 79 balls for 1,052 yards and 11 scores. 

Peyton Hillis

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    CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26:  Tailback Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball by linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    After being traded from the Denver Broncos to the Cleveland Browns for Brady Quinn, Peyton Hillis' stock has risen quite a bit. 

    Although he's been slowed in recent weeks, the powerful running back has amassed 1,164 yards on 264 rushing attempts this season. He's also found the end zone 11 times while running the ball. 

    Hillis has also been a factor in the passing game. He's caught 60 passes for 474 yards and another two touchdowns. 

    Most impressively, he's been one of the few Cleveland Browns that has avoided spraining an ankle this year. 

Tim Tebow

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rolls out and looks to deliver a pass against the Houston Texas at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Texans 24-23.  (Photo b
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    The rookie quarterback for the Denver Broncos has taken the league by storm in recent weeks. 

    He's made two starts and done well in both, even getting a win. 

    Tebow has completed 25 of his 46 passes for 449 yards, three touchdowns and a lone interception. He's even earned himself a passer score of 32.3, higher than Peyton Manning's.

    Additionally, Tebow has run 30 times and found the end zone on five separate occasions. 

    He leads the league in jersey sales and is second to Brett Favre in terms of media coverage. 

    Since the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest, I'm actually kind of surprised that Tebow didn't make it. 

    I'm joking about him being snubbed because of the small sample size that he's produced, but I still am surprised. 

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