Wednesday, December 26, 2012
AFC West Pro Bowl analysis
By Bill Williamson
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Perfect sense: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was an easy choice. He is a top MVP candidate. He was brilliant in his first season in Denver and it was arguably one of his finest seasons ever at the age of 36. There was no way Manning wasn’t getting selected. He is starting and he is deserving of it. The Broncos' Von Miller also is a no-brainer. He has 17.5 sacks, a team record. Ryan Clady of the Broncos also was an easy pick. For Kansas City, running back Jamaal Charles has 1,456 rushing yards and he was an easy pick. Other than these choices, there are some crazy AFC West decisions. The Broncos and the Chiefs each had five Pro Bowl selections. Denver has 12 wins. The Chiefs have two wins. The Chiefs have talent, but this is a joke. No two-win team should ever have as many Pro Bowl picks as a 12-win team. I’m stunned. Oakland and San Diego each didn't have a player picked.
Made it on rep: Kansas City safety Eric Berry and linebacker Tamba Hali did not have Pro Bowl years. Don’t get me wrong, both are good players, but they didn’t have great years. Berry only came on strong in recent weeks. He started 2012 slow after missing virtually all of last season with a torn knee. Hali just didn’t have a great year. They are both starting in the game as well. Really stunning. Again, they are good players. But they are good players on a two-win team. There were better choices out there. And you can’t blame the fans for this one. Neither player won the fan vote. This is on the players and coaches.
Got robbed: There are some big omissions. Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas is having a huge season. He has 87 catches for 1,312 yards for a 12-win team. He should be on the team. Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski is having a monster season. He was 31-of-34 on field goal attempts, but his shortest miss was form 51 yards. Cleveland’s Phil Dawson is 28-of-29 and he is a fine kicker. But Janikowski is a next-level weapon as a kicker. Oakland tight end Brandon Myers has had a big season and should have made it. San Diego safety Eric Weddle was outstanding. He has a beef.
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