After leading the league in Pro-Bowl representation in 2009, the Vikings have one lone representative for 2010. Adrian Peterson is on the roster, but is not the starter. So what happened?
I’m not going to relive every agonizing moment of the 2010 season in this post, but I’m not surprised, based on the team’s performance, that we don’t have more players on the roster. And unlike Packer fans, I don’t count alternates to alternates as “named players”, because while we do have a few of those, there’s no point talking about also-rans.
I do think, however, that some top performers on our team were overlooked. Chiefly Chad Greenway. Greenway is having a pro-bowl year. He’s 4th overall in tackles in the entire league. Greenway’s not a flashy player though. He’s been solid since we drafted him in 2006 and he mostly flies under the radar. Let’s hope that continues so we have a chance to keep him when he becomes a free agent in 2011.
It could be argued that Ryan Longwell would have been a great selection. He has the highest conversion rate for field goals in the NFC at 94%. He’ll also be a free agent in 2011, so hopefully being quietly great will allow us to retain him as well.
Many people think Chris Kluwe should have gotten the nod as well. He’s having a great year. His directional punting has kept us out of many sticky situations, Devin Hester notwithstanding. The last few weeks have taken a toll on his stats, however, so he’s dropped to #11 in net punting yards.
Other names brandied about are Kevin Williams and Steve Hutchinson. While those two players have been perennial favorites for us, I think it’s obvious that neither of them were performing at a Pro Bowl level this year. One might think that a Pro Bowl selection should be about a player’s body of work, but I think we all know that in the NFL it’s all about “what have you done that was flashy lately” and not about long-term performance. Unfortunately, it’s also about wins and losses because, especially in fan voting, people tend to go with the hot teams, regardless of the individual players’ performance.
Adrian Peterson is our Pro Bowler this year. And I’m okay with that. Are you?