2007 Pro Bowl Snubs

Dec 22, 2007

OK, the Pro Bowl selections were made.  For the most part the picks were right on.  There are a few changes I would make.  There are a lot of players that are worthy, but they all can’t make it.  Even though Chad Johnson and Wes Welker have Pro Bowl worthy numbers, I won’t count them in the snubs because I think the four that are in are the right choices.  I’ll take their word on the O-Line and FB choices.  With that in mind, here’s who I’d replace.

Offense
QB
Tom Brady has to go.  Just kidding.  In the AFC, the only change I would make is to replace Ben Roethlisberger with Derek Anderson.  Big Ben has been great, but come on.  Derek Anderson is one of the best stories of the year.  He has close to 500 more yards than Big Ben.
Revision:  They got it right.  After Week 16′s games, Big Ben is truly deserving.

In the NFC, I would start by making Tony Romo the starter.  Romo has nine more TD passes and 2 more rushing touchdowns than Favre.  Favre is deserving of a roster spot, but Romo has better numbers.  I would also exchange Matt Hasselbeck for Drew Brees.  They have the same amount of TDs, but Brees has 200 more yards.  He’s also ran one in.  Just like the Big Ben-Derek Anderson debate they virtually even.  I just think Brees deserves it a little more.

RB
LT and Addai are no-brainers.  However,  Willie Parker should be out.  I’m not hating on Pittsburgh…hear me out.  Fast Willie has 2 TDs.  Two.  Jamal Lewis is close based on his season stats, but that 4 TD game skews his numbers.  In Parker’s place, I’d put Willis McGahee.  Baltimore stinks.  There’s no debate.  Their passing game is a joke. The fact that McGahee has close to 1200 yards is a testament to how good he is.  When you factor in total yardage Willis is only 53 yards behind Parker.  However, he has six more TDs.  Some say Fred Taylor, but come on.  Get serious.

In the NFC, All Day Adrian Peterson and Brian Westbrook were simple.  My three year old could have figured that out.  Who am I kidding, he’d put Superman and Martian Manhunter in there.  Marion Barber?  Close, but not cigar.  He’s got the TDs again.  That’s his M.O.  However, I feel Clinton Portis should be going to Hawaii.  He has 266 more yards of total offense than MB3 while scoring just 3 fewer TDs.  Plus, he doesn’t have Terrell Owens and Jason Witten to keep defenses honest.

WR
Nothing to report in the AFC.  They got it right.

In the NFC, however, they only got two right.  Terrible Owens and Larry Fitzgerald were deserving.  However, Donald Driver and Torry Holt should be replaced.  Heck, Driver isn’t even having the best season of Green Bay wideouts.  I’d put Jennings in over Driver.  However,
both of those Green Bay wideouts should take a backseat for Marques Colston.  He’s got more yards than both Jennings, Driver, and Holt.  He as many TDs as Driver and Holt combined.  Jennings has three more scores, but is 214 yards back in receiving yards.  The other WR I’d like to add is Plaxico Burress.  He doesn’t practice all week because his ankle is in such bad shape, yet he delivers on Sunday.  Driver gets to catch passes in a spread offense from one of the all-time great QBs.  Plax gets little help from his wideouts, and Eli is his QB.  That’s enough for me to make the switch.

TE
In the AFC, Tony Gonzalez and Kellen Winslow have the exact same yardage and TDs.  Winslow adds a two point conversion, but he also has a fumble.  I’ll give it to the old man once again because he has far less weapons helping him in Kansas City.  This could be Gonzo’s last Pro Bowl though.
They got it right in the NFC also.

K
Who cares about kickers, but they got it right with Bironas and Folk.

Defense
DE
In the AFC, Mario Williams got the shaft.  He’s leading the league in sacks, and he’s not Hawaii bound.  Perhaps, the fact that 9 of his sacks have come in the past five weeks led to the snub, but man he sure missed out.  My rule is you have to replace someone to make the list, not just be Pro Bowl worthy, so Kyle Vanden Bosch is out.

In the NFC, I have to go with Trent Cole over Osi Umenyiora.  Cole has a half sack more than Umenyiora, and if you take away Osi’s six sack game it’s not even close.  Plus, Coles has 22 more tackles.

DT
Looks pretty good for both conferences.

LB
The only change at linebacker I would make is in the NFC.  I would replace Lofa Tatupu with Nick Barnett.  Barnett has 18 more tackles and 2.5 more sacks.  Lofa does have two more INTs, but I’d still take Barnett.  The fact that the Packers are 12-2 should factor in here as it seems to every year with the best teams.

CB
I can’t argue with the AFC corners.  Antonio Cromartie leads the league with 10 picks.  Asante Samuel is tied for 2nd with 6.  Champ Bailey is Champ Bailey.  His picks are down, but he’s still has 3 to go along with his 70 tackles.

In the NFC I would replace Terence Newman with Charles Woodson.  Woodson has the same amount of interceptions (4), but has 11 more tackles.

S
In the AFC, I would kick Troy Polamalu to the curb.  He’s good, but he missed too much time.  I’d go with Sammy Knight.  Knight has 31 more tackles and 4 more INTs.

In the NFC, I would replace Darren Sharper with Mr. Horse Collar Roy Williams.  Williams has 32 more tackles.  Sure, Sharper has two more INTs, but I think Roy has played the position better.

In the NFC I would replace Terence Newman with Charles Woodson.  Woodson has the same amount of interceptions (4), but has 11 more tackles.

Safety
In the AFC, I would kick Troy Polamalu to the curb.  He’s good, but he missed too much time.  I’d go with Sammy Knight.  Knight has 31 more tackles and 4 more INTs.

In the NFC, I would replace Darren Sharper with Mr. Horse Collar Roy Williams.  Williams has 32 more tackles.  Sure, Sharper has two more INTs, but I think Roy has played the position better.

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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Big Dog JP
    December 19th, 2007 at 2:58 pm #

    I definitely agree with you on the NFC WRs. Instantly I thought Jennings should replace Driver. Jennings has been making big plays hauling in the long ball for scores. Forgot about Colston and Plaxico. I think people slept on Colston because he got off slowly. Plax has been a team player this year and been playing through a bad ankle injury…Everyone laughed at me for taking Plax in my draft but when he started getting multiple TDs they weren’t laughing anymore. Torry Holt shouldnt be on there in my opinion.

    When I saw the kickers I instantly thought Mason Crosby should have gotten in, but Folk I think had a couple GW FGs and a higher field goal % (84.6%) compared to Crosby’s (78.4%). Crosby who is leading the league with 130 points had a bad % from the 40-49 yard range (9/14)as Folk was 6/6.

  2. Pops
    December 20th, 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    Plax. Needs to be in there.

  3. hdiaz1
    December 22nd, 2007 at 4:01 pm #

    Marques Colston and Mario Williams definitely got the biggest shafts. In particular, I was rooting for Mario Williams–because he went through a lot of unfair treatment–when he got picked #1 over Reggie Bush. People made it sound like he forced a draft day trade like Eli Manning did.

  4. Ryan Lester
    December 22nd, 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by hdiaz. I think the reason Colston and Super Mario got shafted was they have been much better down the stretch. They were off to relatively slow starts. Although down the stretch is when it matters the most.

  5. Ryan Lester
    December 22nd, 2007 at 4:42 pm #

    Oh, and I think he got the negative treatment because the team wanted Bush or VY. It wasn’t Mario’s fault that Bush wanted that huge contract.

  6. wassup471
    December 22nd, 2007 at 5:59 pm #

    I got a nice laugh out of the kicker line.

    I agree that Mario Williams got shafted; you make a convincing argument that Parker shouldn’t be in. However, like the Heisman in college football, Pro Bowl voting’s a bit skewered, and numbers alone don’t determine who goes.

  7. Ryan Lester
    December 23rd, 2007 at 8:31 am #

    wassup. Good point.

  8. John Smith
    December 23rd, 2007 at 2:05 pm #

    cool, great job, im a big fan of your stuff

  9. superhooper224
    December 23rd, 2007 at 2:06 pm #

    keep it up, someday i wish i could have a site like this.

  10. Ryan Lester
    December 23rd, 2007 at 2:16 pm #

    John Smith – Thanks
    superhooper – you will

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