I thought we’d take a quick break from the season, and take a look at who is “Pro Bowl worthy” this season from the NFC East. The stats that you’ll see below are projected over 16 games. I should also note that I didn’t take a look at the rest of the NFC. For example, obviously, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are in, period. However, if I think that 2 QBs from the NFC East are “Pro Bowl worthy,” I’m ignoring the other players in the NFC. Conversely, if there’s a weak position out there (think CB/S), I’m not going to award players that would probably make it simply because the position generally stinks league-wide.
Also, for each position, the players listed are simply a menu, and not necessarily guys I think should be in. Away we go:
My take: Eli’s numbers are kind of… you know… really good this season. Quietly, too. He’s in. Obviously, the strength of Vick’s game is his ability to run, and he’s on pace for about 1,000 yards this season. He has also been a little unlucky with a number of his INTs, but at the same time, his play has been sloppy this season. He needs to clean it up a bit to be “Pro Bowl worthy.” Tony Romo kind of falls into the Vick category as well. Vick and Romo are both out.
My take: Shady has put some serious distance between himself from the rest of the RBs in the NFC East, and was a Pro Bowl snub last year. If common sense prevails this season, he’s a lock.
My take: The numbers clearly say that Nicks and Maclin are Pro Bowl worthy. They’re in, although Maclin has had a couple very costly mistakes. DeSean needs to be more consistent – I’m not putting him in. Not listed is Miles Austin, who has missed time due to injury. Otherwise, he’s been great.
My take: You can pretty much pencil in Witten every year – no different this year. Fred Davis also makes it. He has developed into a bona fide play making TE.
OK, now here’s where I made some changes to how the NFL does it. The NFL considers 43 OLBs and 34 OLBs the same thing, as well as 34 DEs and 43 DEs the same thing, which is nonsense. Really good 43 OLBs 34 DEs have no shot at a Pro Bowl that way, which isn’t fair. I think that 43 DEs and 34 OLBs should be lumped together, while 43 DTs should be paired with all 34 D linemen, and 34 ILBs should be competing with all 43 LBs.
|43 DE / 34 OLB||Team||Tackles||Sacks||FF|
My take: Ware, Pierre-Paul, and Babin are all obviously in. Those numbers speak for themselves. I’m also putting Trent Cole in, who doesn’t have the numbers but has been a better player than both Pierre-Paul and Babin. He has been as dominant as any 43 DE in the league this season. Orakpo, meanwhile, is more often than not facing a single blocker, and hasn’t capitalized for the most part. He’s a great player, but not “Pro Bowl worthy” so far this season.
|43 DT / 34 DE DT||Team||Tackles||Sacks||FF|
My take: Again, here, the number just kind of speak for themselves. I’ve been very impressed with Carriker in particular this season, who is beginning to live up to his promise. The glaring omission here is Jay Ratliff. While the Cowboys’ DL has been vastly better than it was a year ago, Ratliff hasn’t been anything special.
|All 43 LB / 34 ILB||Team||Tackles||Sacks||FF||INT|
My take: Lee is in. So is Fletcher. Boley isn’t at that level, but he’s been good enough that I just wanted to give him a little recognition by putting him on the menu.
My take: NFC East corners have been to a combined total of 12 Pro Bowls (Samuel 4, Asomugha and Hall 3, Newman 2, DRC & Jenkins 1), and another corner that perhaps should have made at least one in the past (Webster). Not one is worthy this season.
My take: Ditto.
My take: I’ve been praising Bailey like crazy here, and he has clearly been the best kicker in the NFC East so far. However, there are awesome kickers league-wide that aren’t missing any kicks either, but are also putting the ball through the back of the end zone on kickoffs with regularity, something that Bailey isn’t doing. Great job so far, but he’s not in.
|P||Team||Avg||Net||In 20||In 20 %||TB||TB %|
My take: Move over Mat McBriar. Sav Rocca is in, you’re out. As an Eagles fan, I’ve had Skins fans ask me all season why the Eagles let go of Rocca. My canned response was always something like “He’s really good early, but fades as the season progresses.” But I hadn’t actually taken a hard look at what he’s actually doing down there. He was never this good in Philly. Personally, I hate touchbacks. Hate them. Rocca hasn’t hit a single punt for a touchback this season, and yet, he has put 14 punts inside the 20, all while maintaining a very respectable 43.7 average and 41.1 net.
OL: OK, so we can’t really use stats here, or at least ones that aren’t based on opinion. But for the OL, Jason Peters is in at LT. Chris Snee and Evan Mathis are also in at RG and LG, respectively. I’m also going to look at Tyron Smith and Todd Herremans not as OTs, but rather specifically as RTs. They’re both on the bubble. For now, they’re both out, but it’s close.
No FBs or kick returners were harmed in the making of this “Pro Bowl worthy” post, but none are in at either spot, and I’m not even bothering with the Steve Tasker style special teams “cover guy.”