Tuesday, December 29, 2009
AFC West Pro Bowl notes
By Bill Williamson
In comments provided by the Chargers, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers credited head coach Norv Turner for helping him make the Pro Bowl.
This is the third season that Rivers and Turner, one of the game’s all-time noted quarterback tutors, have worked together.
“He’s been huge in my progress,” Rivers said of Turner. "I knew very early on when we first met that we thought a lot alike and have similar approaches to the game. That helped immediately because we were able to understand how each other thinks. Running this system and his ability to coach the position is exceptional. It’s been a great fit.”
- The Chiefs were the only team in the division, and one of six teams in the NFL, not to have a representative.
- Here are two players from the past two drafts that made the Pro Bowl that Denver passed on despite taking players at the same position in the same round: Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson and Washington pass rusher Brian Orakpo.
Last year, Denver took receiver Eddie Royal (who is having a poor second season after a strong rookie year) instead of Jackson. This year, the Broncos drafted running back Knowshon Moreno at No.12, a pick before the Redskins took Orakpo. At No. 18, Denver took pass rusher Robert Ayers, who has been slow to contribute.
- UPDATE: Thanks to the Raiders for sending out some quotes on cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler making the team:
“I am excited and happy for the Raiders who have been selected for the Pro Bowl,” Oakland coach Tom Cable said. “It’s tremendous that they are being recognized as the best at their positions. They deserve it and the Raiders organization is proud of them. The Raiders have rich history and tradition and these players exemplify what it means to wear the Silver and Black.”
Added Lechler: “It’s a great honor and I’m glad to go back with Nnamdi and represent the Raiders. You have to go out and prove it every year. I felt like I was having a solid season and was hoping to make it and to get the news today was definitely a relief.”