26 Dec 2012
The NFL Pro Bowl rosters are officially announced on NFL Network tonight at 7pm EST, and we'll post a link at that point, but lots of news seems to be leaking out to various team reporters. So you can use this thread to start discussing the players who are in and out of the Pro Bowl. Have fun complaining about the snubs, and remember that most of those guys will end up getting invited anyway because players who are sick of going will beg out with meaningless injuries while other players will get pulled because they make the Super Bowl.
UPDATE: OK, the rosters are up at NFL.com. Some initial thoughts: I think people will be surprised that Matt Schaub made it over Andrew Luck. In the NFC, there was only room for one of the rookies, hard to argue with either Griffin or Wilson, but one of them had to stay home. I'm sure if neither one is in the Super Bowl, they'll both end up in Hawaii due to roster additions. Five defensive starters from San Francisco, six if they play a 3-4 because both ILB are from the 49ers. For all the awesomeness of JPP, that seems like an odd choice given the fade of the Giants' pass rush. Robert Mathis doesn't really belong at all, there have to be better OLB in the AFC. Paul Kruger? Or better yet, Jerod Mayo is really an OLB this year, not ILB, so they could have added Lawrence Timmons and listed Mayo at OLB. And over in the NFC, they structured the roster like a 4-3 team but all three OLB are pass rushers. Hard to take one off for Lance Briggs, but maybe it is a good idea to at least allow one 4-3 OLB on the team?
Finally, Justin Tucker got totally and royally screwed. I know the Pro Bowl is somewhat meaningless, and nobody cares about the kickers, but Justin Tucker is the best kicker in the NFL this year by an absurd margin, No. 2 in FG value behind Janikowski (and ahead of Phil Dawson because his kickers have come from farther away) and No. 1 in kickoff value. Dawson over Tucker is an embarassment.
So is the Annual Brandon Meriweather WTF Pro Bowl selection, which this year goes to Jeff Saturday, who has been benched.
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