After the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs a few weeks back, I spent some time talking to cornerback Charles Woodson. Why? I believed he was a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate and deserved to be singled out.
While speaking with Woodson, it was clear he felt that he has always been scrutinized more than any other corner, his mistakes scrutinized more intensely.
"When I give up a pass completion, they want to know what's wrong with Charles," he said.
On Tuesday, he got it good. Woodson was somehow left of the NFC Pro Bowl team. It's by far the biggest slight of any player in the league, and once again reminds us all of why the Pro Bowl voting is a joke.
Woodson wasn't listed as a starter, and he wasn't a backup. The starters in the NFC are Woodson's teammate, Al Harris, and Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant. The backup is Dallas Cowboys corner Terence Newman.
None of them have played as well as Woodson. Harris is having a heck of a year, and he would be my second starter in the NFC, but he isn't playing better than Woodson. I've covered the Packers twice this season and Woodson is the better cover player of the two.
|Despite being the best CB on his own team, Charles Woodson gets the Pro Bowl snub. (Getty Images)|
Woodson has 57 tackles to Harris' 35. Both have nine passes defensed, and Woodson has four interceptions to two for Harris.
Why in the heck is Charles Woodson not on the Pro Bowl team? There is no way Newman is having a better year than Woodson. Trufant has seven interceptions, but he isn't better than Woodson, either.
When he was with the Oakland Raiders, a bad team mind you, Woodson was criticized for not living up to expectations. Now that he's with a good team, a time that his wonderful skills should be lauded, he's getting the shaft again.
Here are nine other players who deserved to make Pro Bowl rosters:
Fred Taylor, RB, Jaguars: If the voting by players and coaches were held this week, he'd be in. But his 145-yard performance against the Steelers last week didn't come soon enough. He was passed over even though his 5.1 average is the tops in the AFC. He should be in over Joseph Addai of the Colts.
Jahri Evans, G, Saints: He has been the league's best guard in his second season. He doesn't get beat but he isn't a name player. Watch him. You will appreciate him.
Keith Bulluck, LB, Titans: All this guy does is make plays. Ask any player to name a top linebacker and Bulluck's name always comes up.
Jermaine Phillips, S, Bucs: How this guy isn't in is amazing. Watch the Bucs play, he shows up a lot.
Michael Roos, LT, Titans: He's one of the best young players in the league. Opposing coaches rave about him.
Jordan Gross, RT, Panthers: He's given up one sack all season. His problem is he plays on a bad team and he is a right tackle. They don't get much attention.
Nick Barnett, MLB, Packers: He's played as well as any linebacker in the league. He just happens to play at a deep postion.
Barrett Ruud, MLB, Bucs: Like Barnett, he's hurt by playing a deep position. He's been a tackling machine.
O.J. Atogwe, FS, Rams: He has seven interceptions and has played as well as any safety the past nine games. Once he settles in, he will be a real star.