St. Louis Rams: Reaction to 2012 Pro Bowl Selections

Doug ZerjalContributor IIDecember 28, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12:  Chris Long #91 of the St. Louis Rams reacts on the sideline against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday night, the NFL unveiled the Pro Bowl rosters for their 2012 game. While Pro Bowl rosters tend to fluctuate wildly from the time of the announcement until the game, especially with the game taking place between the conference championship games and Super Bowl once again. It's still worthwhile to look at the players that qualify for the league's version of an All-Star game.

Surprisingly the St. Louis Rams don't have any players heading to Hawaii for the January 29th game.

Defensive end Chris Long failed to qualify for the Pro Bowl. Long has recorded 13 sacks through the first 15 games this season including one forced fumble. His play has been outstanding. In all reality it's a huge snub that Long didn't make the Pro Bowl.

He's tied for sixth in the league in sacks despite the lack of other marquee defensive players taking the pressure off of him. While fellow defensive end Robert Quinn has played decently, Long has faced many double-teams this year making his 2011 season all the more impressive.

One snub offensively might be Steven Jackson. One can't really argue with the selections of Matt Forte and LeSean McCoy. However, Jackson is the heart and soul of the most one-dimensional offense in the league. He has over 1,000 yards for the seventh straight season despite the lack of even a mediocre passing game. He also caught 41 passes despite playing behind multiple quarterbacks.

It's still possible Long and Jackson might be added to the squad later. It seems that the NFC team has too many 49ers, Packers and Saints. Those are the best teams in the NFC, yes, but other good players such as Long and Jackson were snubbed by NFC voters. It's another piece of bad news for Rams fans.

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