Wednesday, December 30, 2009
NFC East Pro Bowl All-Snub team
By Dan Graziano
I thought the NFC East got the worst end of the deal in the Pro Bowl voting process. There were several players left off the team. Here's the Beast All-Snub Pro Bowl team for 2009:
Brent Celek, Eagles tight end: I don't have any problem with 49ers tight end Vernon Davis being the starter because he averaged 12.2 yards per catch and had 12 touchdowns. But Celek averaged nearly 2 more yards per catch than Jason Witten and had seven more touchdowns. He didn't have as many catches, but he was certainly more productive in the red zone.
Steve Smith, Giants wide receiver: Had 97 catches for 1,163 yards and seven touchdowns. Sidney Rice averaged more per catch but he had 20 fewer catches and one less touchdown. Smith will probably get in as an alternate, but that's not good enough.
Chris Snee, Giants right guard: He's had a better season than center Shaun O'Hara and he's a better player. If the Giants were only going to get one player, it should've been Snee over O'Hara.
Sheldon Brown, Eagles cornerback: I thought he deserved it over Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Cardinals. But he had eight fewer pass deflections than Rodgers-Cromartie and one less interception. But with all of the injuries he's played through, I thought Brown should've been on the Pro Bowl team.
Donovan McNabb, Eagles quarterback: I admit that Aaron Rodgers has had a pretty strong season, but it bothers me that he's taken 50 sacks. McNabb has taken 19 fewer sacks and he does a better job of protecting the ball when he's sacked then Rodgers. It's been an outstanding season for McNabb, but Rodgers does have the better overall numbers.
Tony Romo, Cowboys quarterback: Romo had almost identical numbers to Rodgers and he takes a lot fewer sacks. I wouldn't have had a problem with Romo going instead of Rodgers. Romo has played his best football in December.
Mat McBriar, Cowboys punter: San Francisco's Andy Lee had 21 more opportunities to punt the ball, but he had nine fewer punts downed inside the 20-yard line. McBriar is the master at forcing returners to fair catch the ball at their own 10-yard line. Coaches and players don't pay enough attention to special teams. McBriar had a better season than Lee and deserved to go to the Pro Bowl. Lee had the better net average, but he had a lot more kicks returned against him than McBriar.
London Fletcher, Redskins linebacker: It's almost not worth bringing up. The guy's had another huge season with 134 tackles, but he was once again left off the list. He's been a great player in the league for many years. This should have been his season. Shame on the coaches and players for not righting this wrong.
Andre Carter, Redskins defensive end: He's had 11 sacks and three forced fumbles. Some people make the argument that Albert Haynesworth's the reason Carter had a big year, but Haynesworth missed several games down the stretch.