Friday, January 13, 2012
Greer, Weatherspoon get recognition
By Pat Yasinskas
In this Insider post, Pro Football Outsiders has its All-Pro team and I like this one a lot better than the one put out by The Associated Press.
That’s mainly because the Outsiders’ team has a lot more of an NFC South presence. New Orleans guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks were the only NFC South representatives on the Associated Press All-Pro first team.
Evans and Nicks also made Outsiders’ first team, but they’ve got some company. Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and New Orleans cornerback Jabari Greer also made the team and I think those are excellent calls.
In a division that’s not known for its defense, Weatherspoon and Greer are two of the league’s most underrated players. I’ve always thought Greer is way better in coverage than people give him credit for and Outsiders has some stats to back that up.
Weatherspoon just finished his second season, but I think it was obvious he emerged as the NFC South’s best linebacker.