In a nice way to go out, Sean Taylor, along with Chris Samuels and Chris Cooley, was named to the Pro Bowl today. The sad thing, of course, is that he won’t be there to bury another punter.
I can’t really complain about any other Skins not getting named. I do think London Fletcher deserves to be on the team. He’s third in the NFL in tackles, has been a rock in the center of our D, and he certainly has the resume. But Patrick Willis has been incredible this year for the 49ers and Lofa Tatupu is better in coverage and is a great all-around MLB. And since this is the first year for London in the NFC you can see how some voters would be less familiar with him. At any rate, it is hard to be offended.
One of the most ridiculous choices was Green Bay wide receiver Donald Driver. Driver is 6th in the NFC in receiving and only has 2 TDs. How he rates over Marques Colston who has 9 TDs and a few more yards receiving I’ll never know.
And while we’re on mind blowing stupid picks, look at the following comparison:
Running Back A- 1082 yards, 8 TDs
Running Back B- 877 yards, 10 TDs
Running Back C- 871 yards, 9 TDs
Running Back C is in the Pro Bowl. Does that make sense to you? And what if I told you that he isn’t even a starter on his own team? And what if I told you running back B didn’t even really play full time until 5 or 6 games into the season? Running back C is Marion Barber who has no business in the pro bowl. A is Clinton Portis and B is Earnest Graham.
Of course, the Cowboys are having a good year, the perception is Clinton is having an off year (which compared to his 1500 yard days, maybe he is, but he’s got a shot at 1200 yards), and no one had even heard of Earnest Graham until halfway through the year. So credit this to a lack of imagination from the fans and players.
I know Dan who has taken to commenting on every negative Cowboys comment as though his life depended on it will talk about how Marion is a “finisher” and he has a great yards per carry stat. This is true, but when an RB doesn’t start, it is because of one of two reasons: 1) He can’t carry the load the whole game, 2) He can’t block well enough to keep your quarterback alive. Either one of these things doesn’t scream “best RB in the league” which is what we’re trying to pick here. As we know, Portis can carry the load and he’s the best RB in the game at picking up the blitz. Again, while I can see how he didn’t get voted in and it isn’t technically an insult, the choice of Barber over Graham, Portis or even Edge is crazy.
Otherwise, things look pretty reasonable. I am sad we can’t find a way to get Mike Sellers in the Pro Bowl, but otherwise, let’s face it, no one else on the team has stayed healthy enough long enough and performed at the right level to deserve it.
Kudos to Chris and Chris and thanks to everyone who did the right thing and voted for Sean.