The Pro Bowl rosters were selected, and as always, there were plenty of snubs. When looking at the rosters as officially voted in, I realized that an entire new Pro Bowl squad could be assembled from guys who were snubbed, and in some cases, my roster is better than the one slated to travel to Hawaii in late January.

Here’s the NFC squad.



Mark Sanchez
He doesn’t have as many passing yards as a lot of the actual Pro Bowl QBs, but he has the same number of TD passes as Rivers, more than Roethlisberger, fewer Interceptions than both of them, and he adds six rushing touchdowns – which is just as many as Tim Tebow.

Matt Schaub
Although he’s injured, I’d still vote him in for what he accomplished.

Tim Tebow
He doesn’t have very many passing yards, and he’s not very accurate, but he has twice as many touchdowns as interceptions. He has six rushing touchdowns – second most of any QB in the league behind Cam Newton, and he has a knack for winning. Put him into the game late in the Pro Bowl and see what he can do. I’ve said he’s probably not a viable long-term option in Denver unless he significantly improves, but he shouldn’t be denied the fact that he’s one of the winningest QBs in the league THIS season, and if you don’t factor in completion percentage or yards per completion, he’s a strong candidate for this squad.


There’s no denying that Rice, MJD and Foster are all deserving of the Pro Bowl, but based on how they performed in the touches they’ve been given, I’d certainly trust these guys.

Michael Bush
Just one fewer rushing touchdowns than MJD and Gore, twice as many as Matt Forte

Reggie Bush
Averaging 5 yards per carry and looks to be one of the most dynamic players in the league despite playing for one of the worst teams in the NFL.

Fred Jackson
Amassed comparable stat totals (not just averages) after just 10 games of fthe season before getting injured. Had he not been injured his pace would have him in the lead for rushing yards and not far behind in rushing touchdowns.

Wide Receiver

Vincent Jackson
Only one WR in the AFC has more touchdowns (Wes Welker has 9, Jackson has 8). Only three AFC WR have more receiving yards (Welker, Wallace & Marshall – all Pro Bowlers). All that, and 8 WR in the AFC have been thrown to more than Jackson.

Dwayne Bowe
Only four other AFC WR have more receiving yards,


Steve Johnson
Nate Washington

Tight End

Aaron Hernandez
100 more receiving yards than Antonio Gates (who was voted into the Pro Bowl) with the same number of touchdowns, all the while fighting for targets with a Pro Bowl Tight End and the top WR in the NFL, both on his own team.

Dustin Keller
Almost the same number of receiving yards as Aaron Hernandez on 14 fewer receptions.

Tackles / Guards / Center
I won’t even pretend like I’ve watched enough football to make picks in these categories.


Defensive Ends

The actual Pro Bowlers averaged 35 tackles and 9 sacks with nearly 2 forced fumbles.

Our picks:
Mark Anderson (NE) – 22 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 fumbles forced
Robert Mathis (IND) – 41 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 2 fumbled forced
Jabaal Sheard (Cle) – 49 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 5 fumbles forced

Interior Linemen

The actual Pro Bowlers averaged 46 tackles and 5 sacks with 1 forced fumbles.

Our picks:
Geno Atkins (Cin) – 45 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 fumbles forced and a touchdown
Tommy Kelly (Oak) – 39 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 2 fumbles fored, 6 pass deflections and an interception

Outside Linebackers

The actual Pro Bowlers averaged 63 tackles and 12.5 sacks with 4 forced fumbles.

Our picks:
James Harrison (Pit) – 56 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, $900,000 in fines (joking)
Kamerion Wimbley (Oak) – 57 tackles, 7 sacks, 4 pass deflections, 1 interception
Rob Ninkovich (NE) – 71 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 6 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 3 fumbles recovered

Inside Linebackers

The actual Pro Bowlers averaged 107 tackles and 2 sacks with 1.5 forced fumbles, 9 pass deflections and 1.5 interceptions.

Our picks:
D’Qwell Jackson (CLE) – 145 tackles, 3.5 sacks with 1 forced fumble, 3 recovered fumbles, 4 pass deflections, 1 interception
Brian Cushing (Hou) – 110 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 7 pass deflections, 2 interceptions


Kyle Arrington (NE) – 82 tackles, 7 interceptions, 20 pass deflections
Ladarius Webb (Bal) – 64 tackles, 5 interceptions, 23 pass deflections, 1 sack

Free Safeties
Reggie Nelson (Cin) – 83 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, 16 pass deflections
Kendrick Lewis (KC) – 57 tackles, 3 interceptions, 13 pass deflections

Strong Safety
Yeremiah Bell (MIA) – 103 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 5 pass deflections

Special Teams

Brandon Fields (MIA)
His average is 48.9, compared to Lechler’s 50.9, but Fields dropped 31 of his 74 punts inside the 20 (Lechler had 27 of 77), 10 were fair caught (Lechler had 8), only 3 went out of bounds (Lechler had 7)

Rob Bironas (TEN)
More accurate than Janikowski (90% to 87%), none blocked (S.J. had 2 blocked), had fewer field goal attempts of less than 30 yards (4 to S.J.’s 8), did better from 50+ yards.

Kick Returner
Brandon Tate (CIN)