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Your candidates for the All-Screwed team

Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:26 pm
 
M. Cassel could very well be left off the Pro Bowl team (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Tonight, the NFL will announce which players will get to travel to Hawaii to play the Pro Bowl on the Sunday before the Super Bowl (yes, it’s back in Honolulu once again). I’m sure many deserving players will be elected to the rosters by their colleagues, their coaches and their fans. I’m sure some non-deserving players will get to pack their bags, as well.

And I’m sure there will be a number of players who will ask themselves how in the hell they didn’t get selected. Earlier today, I asked in a Twitter poll which players were the best candidates that absolutely would get screwed in the voting.

Running as an easy No. 1 was Chiefs QB Matt Cassel (who garnered 19.2 percent of the vote on all ballots cast). It’s easy to remember that Cassel looked pretty awful earlier in the season – it seemed that the Chiefs were winning early games in spite of Cassel and not because of him – but overall, Cassel has had an impressive season (3,001 yards, 27 TDs, 5 INTs) in leading Kansas City to the top of the AFC West.

But yeah, he’s not going to make the Pro Bowl ahead of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.

Following Cassel is Bills NT Kyle Williams, who was named on 11.5 percent of the ballots. Williams has 75 total tackles – second-best among defensive linemen – and he’s accumulated 5.5 sacks. On a Bills defense that has very little to brag about, Williams is it. He’s just not a well-known name, and he might very well be left off.

Other players who got more than one vote: Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman, Saints DB Malcolm Jenkins and Packers G Josh Sitton.

The teams will be announced tonight, and frankly, the anticipation is killing me.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:07 am
 

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Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 7:42 pm
 

Your candidates for the All-Screwed team

Actually, it's not just the Super Bowl teams.  Last year, with the Pro Bowl being between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, very few players elected from any of the final 4 contending teams chose to attend the Pro Bowl (after all, who's in the mood to head to an all-star game and all that press 2 days after being eliminated from the playoffs?).

Last year, after all of the declined invitations (due to injuries, playoffs, etc.), the AFC actually ended up with their 8th choice at the QB position on the Pro Bowl roster.  So yeah, I wouldn't be too worried if I were Cassel.  Chances are very good that Brady, at least, will be too busy to attend (and possibly Manning as well, depending on how the playoffs shake out).



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 5:57 pm
 

Your candidates for the All-Screwed team

Before you start whining too much, remember that a lot of these guys will get into the Pro Bowl anyway because of injury or because players selected for the P.B. will be in the Super Bowl and thus can't go to Honolulu. Which is one of the reasons why putting the P.B. before the Super Bowl is dumb. The players people most want to see in the game almost certainly won't be in it. When the Pro Bowl was played after the championship there was at least a microscropically better chance that players who had been in the Super Bowl the previous week would appear.

Here's my radical idea: play both the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl - IN THAT ORDER - in Honolulu every year. No weather issues, guaranteed neutral field, great broadcasting location. Of course it'll never happen!


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