Thursday, December 16, 2010
My AFC South Pro Bowlers
By Paul Kuharsky
Fan voting counts for one-third of the Pro Bowl results, which is unfortunate because fans treat it like a popularity contest and botch their part.
I just went and filled out my ballot here. If you’re a reader of the blog network, I rate you as smarter than the average fan and urge you to go vote to offset some people who don’t pay us regular visits.
My endorsements don’t mean a lot. But here’s who got my votes from the AFC South:
Running backs: Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew
Receivers: Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne
Fullback: Vonta Leach
Tight end: Marcedes Lewis
Defensive ends: Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Jason Babin
Defensive tackle: Terrance Knighton
Return man: Marc Mariani
An explanation on a few close calls:
- I initially had Greg Jones over Leach before talking to two people I respect who gave their nod to the “Leach to the Beach” campaign. Jones is playing great right now, but Leach may be having a better total season.
- I like what Vince Manuwai's done at left guard for the Jaguars and he may be my favorite/the best offensive lineman in the division right now, but he wasn’t a starter for the first five games.
- Josh Scobee's been great. But look at Billy Cundiff. He’s right there with Scobee on makes -- minus a 59-yard game-winner -- and he’s on a record pace for touchbacks.
I'm sure you'll find oversights and I look forward to the conversation this sparks.