NFC South: Pro Bowl voting

Bucs getting shut out of Pro Bowl?

December, 4, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. – It hasn’t been a banner season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that is showing in the polls.

When it comes to fan voting for the Pro Bowl, the Bucs register barely even a blip on the radar. Early results of the voting, which runs through Dec. 26, came out Wednesday, and the Bucs were barely visible.

Only two players finished in the top 10 at their respective positions – and they were barely in the top 10. Lavonte David is ninth among outside linebackers. Darrelle Revis is ninth among cornerbacks. That’s it. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and wide receiver Vincent Jackson are having Pro Bowl-caliber seasons, but they’re not among the top 10.

But there still is hope for the Bucs to get some representation in the Pro Bowl. Fan ballots count for only one-third of the vote. Votes from coaches and players account for the other two-thirds.

Three from NFC South win fan vote

December, 20, 2012
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Three NFC South players won the fan vote for the Pro Bowl.

Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez led all NFC tight ends, Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber won at free safety and New Orleans’ Thomas Morstead was the top vote getter at punter.

Fan voting counts for one third of the total vote. Ballots from coaches and players make up the rest of the vote. Players and coaches are voting this week.

The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Wednesday night at 7 ET.

Update on Pro Bowl voting

December, 12, 2012
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If Pro Bowl voting ended right now, the NFC South would have only four starters in the all-star game.

Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, Tampa Bay free safety Ronde Barber and New Orleans punter Thomas Morstead each are the NFC leaders at their positions. Atlanta’s Justin Blalock is No. 2 among NFC guards.

Fortunately, there still is time for fans to vote and coaches and players will fill out their ballots next week.

But I was able to get a list of the top five vote-getters at each position as of earlier Wednesday. Here’s a position-by-position look of NFC South players who are among the top five:

Quarterback
Running back
Wide receiver
Fullback
Tight end
Tackle
Guard
  • Justin Blalock, Falcons, No. 2
Center
Defensive end
Defensive tackle
Inside linebacker
  • None in top five
Outside linebacker
  • None in top five
Cornerback
  • None in top five
Strong safety
Free safety
Kicker
Punter
  • Thomas Morstead, Saints, No. 1
  • Matt Bosher, Falcons, No. 5
Kick returner
  • None in top five
Special-teamer

Falcons getting Pro Bowl attention

November, 29, 2012
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ATLANTA -- All throughout a 10-1 start, I’ve constantly heard from Atlanta fans about how the Falcons aren’t getting enough respect on a national level.

Well, maybe that’s starting to change.

I’ve got some updated numbers on Pro Bowl balloting, and the Falcons are pretty well represented. Fan voting continues until mid-December, and coaches and players will vote later in December. Fans, players and coaches each count as one third of the vote.

At the moment, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez and guard Justin Blalock would be Pro Bowl starters, based only on the current fan vote. Tampa Bay safety Ronde Barber and New Orleans punter Thomas Morstead also would be NFC starters.

But the Falcons have a slew of players that are in the top five at their positions. Let’s take a look at which NFC South players rank in the top five in fan voting:

Quarterback
Running back
Fullback
Wide receiver
Tight end
  • Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, No. 1
Tackle
Guard
  • Justin Blalock, Falcons, No. 2
Center
Defensive end
Defensive tackle
Outside linebacker
  • None in top five
Inside linebacker
  • None in top five
Cornerbacks
  • None in top five
Strong safety
Free safety
  • Ronde Barber, Buccaneers, No. 1
Kicker
Punter
  • Thomas Morstead, Saints, No. 1
Returner
  • None in top five
Special teamer

More on Pro Bowl voting

November, 15, 2012
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We told you Wednesday that Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Ronde Barber were the only NFC South players leading at their positions in the early fan voting for the Pro Bowl.

Now, it’s time to go a little deeper on that. I’ve got more detailed results on where the voting stood as of Wednesday night. Let’s run through those results and I’ll tell you which NFC South players are in the top five at their positions. Also, here’s the link to go vote.

Quarterback
Running back
Fullback
  • None in top five.
Wide receivers
  • None in top five
Tight ends
  • Tony Gonzalez, Falcons: No. 1
Offensive tackle
Guard
Center
Defensive end
Defensive tackle
Inside Linebacker
  • None in top five.
Outside linebackers
  • None in top five.
Inside linebackers
  • None in top five.
Cornerbacks
  • None in top five.
Strong safety
Free safety
Kickers
  • None in top five.
Punters
Kick returners
  • None in top five.
Special teamers

Results in on Pro Bowl fan voting

December, 21, 2011
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The results of the fan voting for the Pro Bowl are in and the NFC South didn’t fare very well.

New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and strong safety Roman Harper were the only players to lead the NFC at their positions. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees finished third overall in league-wide voting, but Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was the league’s top vote-getter.

Fan voting counts for one-third of the final tally. Votes from coaches and players make up the rest. The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Tuesday night.

I was able to obtain the top five in fan voting at each position and I’ll run down the NFC South representatives. Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton was third behind Rodgers and Brees.

Atlanta’s Michael Turner was No. 5 among running backs and New Orleans’ Jed Collins was No. 3 among fullbacks.

Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez was second to Graham among tight ends and Carolina’s Steve Smith was fourth among receivers.

New Orleans’ Jahri Evans was third among guards and teammate Brian de la Puente was No. 4 among centers.

On defense, Atlanta’s Sean Weatherspoon (No. 5 at outside linebacker) was the only NFC South player besides Harper to finish in the top five.

New Orleans punter Thomas Morstead finished fifth, return man Darren Sproles was No. 4 and Courtney Roby was No. 5 among special-teams players.

Pro Bowl voting ends Monday

December, 19, 2011
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A quick reminder that the fan portion of voting for the Pro Bowl ends Monday.

Here’s the link to the ballot if you want to hit the polls at the last minute.

I won’t tell you who to vote for, but I’ll throw out some names I think are worthy of consideration. On offense, I’d think about New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, Atlanta running back Michael Turner, Carolina receiver Steve Smith, Atlanta receiver Roddy White, New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, Carolina tackle Jordan Gross, New Orleans guards Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans and Carolina center Ryan Kalil.

On defense, I’d consider Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson, Atlanta defensive end John Abraham, Atlanta defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, Atlanta linebackers Sean Weatherspoon and Curtis Lofton, New Orleans cornerback Jabari Greer and New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins.

On special teams, I think New Orleans punter Thomas Morstead, Tampa Bay punter Michael Koenen, Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant and New Orleans return man Darren Sproles are worth considering.

NFC South Pro Bowl voting is light

December, 14, 2011
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The fan portion of Pro Bowl voting comes to an end Monday, and the NFC South isn’t faring well so far.

Fan vote counts as one third, with players and coaches each taking up a third. Here’s a link to go cast your ballot before the deadline.

But, as of the moment, New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and strong safety Roman Harper would be the only NFC South starters. I’ve obtained a list of the top five vote getters at each position and it’s light on NFC South representation.

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is running away with the voting for the NFC quarterback. But New Orleans’ Drew Brees is No. 2 and Carolina rookie Cam Newton is No. 3.

Atlanta’s Michael Turner is No. 5 at running back and New Orleans’ Jed Collins is third at fullback. Graham leads the tight ends, but Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez is No. 2.

The only other NFC South players in the top five on offense are Carolina receiver Steve Smith (No. 3), New Orleans guard Jahri Evans (No. 4) and New Orleans center Brian de la Puente (No. 5).

Aside from Harper, the only other NFC South player in the top five at any position is Atlanta’s Sean Weatherspoon. He’s No. 5 among outside linebackers.

New Orleans kicker Thomas Morstead is No. 5, return man Darren Sproles is No. 4 and Courtney Roby is No. 5 in the special-teams category.

Malcolm Jenkins on a roll

December, 15, 2010
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We’ve had some other more-pressing things going on around NFC Southland. But the league sent out the official news about this a few hours ago and I don’t want to sell New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins short.

The NFL named him the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week earlier today and it was well deserved and speaks volumes about how well Jenkins played in Sunday’s victory against St. Louis. Let me fill you in on how these awards work behind the scenes. The league does a very nice job selecting the winners, but there is some diplomacy involved.

The individual media relations departments for the teams often will try to twist an arm or two for their guys and the league is very conscious about spreading the wealth. In other words, if a player wins a weekly award once, he usually isn’t going to win it again for quite some time. If a team has been dominating the awards, the league usually will try to balance things out and reward other teams.

But Jenkins’ play was so dominant that there was no place for diplomacy or politics. Even though he won the same award in Week 12 for his play against Dallas, the league gave the award to Jenkins again in Week 14.

Understandable because Jenkins had one interception that he returned 96 yards for a touchdown. With the Rams driving in the fourth quarter, Jenkins picked off another pass to help seal the victory. He also contributed four tackles and had three passes defensed.

Hey, that brings up a thought about our earlier item about Pro Bowl voting. I’m not telling you what to do, but I think Jenkins’ play has spoken volumes about him as a Pro Bowl candidate.

Last call for Pro Bowl voting

December, 15, 2010
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The National Football League issued its five-day warning on fan voting for the Pro Bowl on Wednesday and the NFC South still isn’t making a strong showing.

According to the latest numbers, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan are among the top 10 vote-getters around the entire NFL. But they’d be third and fourth, respectively, among NFC quarterbacks if the voting ended today and was limited only to the fan portion of the vote. Coaches and players also will count for a third of the vote. At the moment, Philadelphia’s Michael Vick and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers are ahead of Brees and Ryan.

As far as individual NFC South players leading at their position, the list is the same as it’s been with each update. Only Atlanta receiver Roddy White, New Orleans fullback Heath Evans and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez lead the conference at their positions.

In addition to voting at NFL.com, fans also can continue voting on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/probowl . For the first time, fans may vote on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/nfl and clicking on the “Pro Bowl” tab.

NFC South lags in Pro Bowl voting

December, 8, 2010
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Memo to NFC South fans: If you don’t want to be griping about how the division got shorted in Pro Bowl berths in a couple of weeks, jump over here and vote (often).

According to the latest fan voting totals released by the NFL today, the NFC South isn’t faring too well. The voting continues through Dec. 20 and fan vote counts for only one third of the total voting with coaches and players making up the rest. However, if we go just by current fan voting, only three guys from the NFC South are leading at their positions. They are New Orleans fullback Heath Evans, Atlanta receiver Roddy White and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez.

That’s it, unless you want to count former NFC South player Julius Peppers. Now playing with the Chicago Bears (whose fans seem to have been voting early and often), Peppers is the vote leader among defensive ends.

But I think that may be largely due to Pepper’s magnetic personality. Speaking of that, what follows is an excerpt of a conference call Peppers did with the New England media today. I’m serious, this is verbatim from the transcript of what the Patriots’ media relations office sent out.

Q: You didn’t have too much success against the Patriots the last time you personally played against them.

JP: Mmhmm.

NFC South lagging in Pro Bowl voting

November, 23, 2010
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The NFL announced where the early voting for the Pro Bowl stands on Tuesday and the NFC South isn’t faring well.

Only three players from the division lead the fan voting at their positions. Atlanta receiver Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez and New Orleans fullback Heath Evans are the only NFC South players leading the vote.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is among the top 10 vote getters in the league, but he trails Philadelphia’s Michael Vick for the starting job in the NFC. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers also has more votes than Brees.

Fan voting, which counts for one third of the vote, continues through Dec. 20. A lot of NFC South fans like to talk about how the division doesn’t get a lot of attention. Here’s your chance to help NFC South players get to the Pro Bowl. I urge you to get over there and vote.

Get out and vote for the NFC South

October, 25, 2010
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Fan balloting for the Pro Bowl is open and I highly suggest you get over there and cast your votes for NFC South players.

Vote for who you want, but I’ll throw some names at you from each team that I think deserve strong consideration.

Falcons. Roddy White, Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez, Matt Ryan, Curtis Lofton, John Abraham and Matt Bryant.

Buccaneers. Josh Freeman (yes, seriously), Davin Joseph, Aqib Talib, Kellen Winslow and Mike Williams.

Saints. Drew Brees, Jahri Evans and Jonathan Vilma.

Panthers. Jon Beason and John Kasay.

Like I said, you’re free to vote for who you want to and I might have overlooked some worthy candidates, but those are the guys that popped quickly into my mind.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees finished second overall in the fan-voting portion of the Pro Bowl selection process. Brees finished with 1,485,397 votes, roughly 100,000 behind Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning.

The fan voting ended Monday and will count as one-third of the overall vote with coaches and players rounding out the selection process.

Brees led all NFC quarterbacks. Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez and New Orleans free safety Darren Sharper were the only other NFC South players to win the vote at their position.

The full Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Dec. 29.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees leads all NFL players in the latest update of voting results released by the league Tuesday.

But Brees has only a very narrow lead over Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre, who also is the main competition for the starting berth in the NFC.

It’s pretty amazing for an undefeated team, but Brees and safety Darren Sharper are the only Saints currently leading the NFC voting at their positions. In fact, there’s only one other NFC South player leading at his position. That’s Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez.

The good news is, it’s not too late to get out and vote. The balloting ends Dec. 21 and the Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Dec. 29.

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