Tag Archive: Pro-Bowl

Jan 18

Allen, Winfield & McKinnie Named as Alternates to the Pro Bowl


Jared Allen

Jared Allen, Antoine Winfield and Bryant McKinnie have been named alternates at their respective positions for the 2011 Pro Bowl.

There’s no doubt that Antoine Winfield deserved to be recognized for his 2010 performance. He was the anchor of the cornerbacks and had a tremendous season, culminated by his incredible performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jared Allen got off to a slow start, but ended the year strong, including a pick-6 returned for a touchdown, which put him at 1 more TD than Bernard Berrian.

Frankly, I have no idea why Bryant McKinnie was selected as an alternate. After embarrassing the franchise last year with his behavior and subsequent dismissal from the NFC team – not to mention the 2005 Love Boat fiasco – there’s no way he should have been recognized this year. Nevertheless, he was 4th overall for Left Tackle voting. I don’t know who was voting for him, but I know it wasn’t me. I hope, if he is called upon to play, he will comport himself in a manner that reflects well on the Vikings organization this year.

Congratulations to all 3 players for receiving this recognition.

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Jan 09

Greenway, K. Williams Named to the Pro Bowl


Chad Greenway

Chad Greenway (OLB) and Kevin Williams (DT) have been announced as alternates for the 2011 Pro Bowl.

Normally I wouldn’t post something about this because they will only play if others who were selected before them decline or cannot play due to injury or an appearance in the Super Bowl, but I did think that Chad Greenway was overlooked and deserved to be recognized.

Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams is a perennial favorite for the Pro Bowl, so it’s not surprising that he was named an alternate.

Congratulations to both players!

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Dec 30

Vikings & the Pro-Bowl: What Happened?


Adrian Peterson is selected to the Pro Bowl again.

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?

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Dec 30

ARodg & the Pro-Bowl: A Packerland Meltdown


When Cheeseheads meltdown: FONDUE!

Packer Nation is in a full-blown meltdown this week after the release of the 2011 Pro-Bowl Rosters. By meltdown I mean that the Packers fans are rabidly angry that their best QB since Bart Starr has been snubbed by the selection committee. Revisionist Packer history now ignores Favre and has long ignored the total irrelevancy of the team between Bart Starr and Brett Favre. But I digress.

Does Aaron Rodgers deserve a spot on the Pro-Bowl roster? I say no, he does not.

Aaron Rodgers currently has the same post-season record as Tarvaris Jackson. Oh yes, that’s a true statement. Aaron Rodgers has not yet, in 3 starting seasons, led a game winning drive in a come-from-behind situation. The closest he’s gotten is the recent game against the Falcons. He led a game-tying drive and then was out-performed by Matt Ryan who actually DID lead a game-winning drive in the final seconds of the game.

Aaron Rodgers may have some incredible stats, but any discerning football fan knows that his stats are heavily padded by the lack of a run game and the absolute need to throw the ball. Aaron Rodgers is a great fantasy football QB, but he has yet to prove he’s clutch when needed.

Take, for example, last year’s Wild Card game against the Arizona Cardinals, which was an incredible show of horrendous defense by both teams. In sudden death OT, Rodgers fumbled the ball and then proceeded to drop kick it into the waiting arms of an on-coming defender, who took it to the house for the win. Is that an example of being clutch? I think not.

The NFC selections for the Pro Bowl are Michael Vick, who’s this year’s “Saints-like” drama that the NFL loves to promote, and a whole different topic for me. Matt Ryan in his 3rd season has led several game winning drives as he’s taken his team to the brink of the #1 seed. And Drew Brees? As much as I hate the Saints and that stupid Who Dat chant Drew likes to lead before games, it’s a fact that he’s the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

Packer fans will continue to meltdown over this until the end of the season because they’re completely unable to look at anything objectively. Better luck next year, Packer fans.

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