Florham Park, N.J.– It’s that time of year. The time where the Pro Bowl team is announced and people get to immediately start picking at the decisions that were made and strong arguments are lobbied for certain players being snubbed.
The Jets will send three players, corner Darrelle Revis, center Nick Mangold and LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, as well as nine alternates to the Pro Bowl. Linebacker David Harris, and the Swiss Army Knife return man Brad Smith are first alternates, with Dustin Keller and Antonio Cromartie being second alternates and Shaun Ellis, Jason Taylor, Calvin Pace as fourth alternates and LaDainian Tomlinson as a fifth alternate.
Revis, Mangold and Ferguson all deserve the recognition as they are each in the discussion for the best at their position and have certainly played up to their high levels of expectations this season.
Revis may not have the stats that other corners have, but he is still recognized as easily the top corner in the game and that is why he doesn’t have the stats. But when a defensive player can force a team to build an entire game plan around avoiding said defender then that player deserves credit for being just that good. It’s real simple, Revis doesn’t have typical Pro Bowl corner stats, but he is far from your typical corner. He has become so good and dominate that opposing quarterbacks just completely avoid him and while the significance of this doesn’t show up in the box scores it does impact the opposing team and their strategy more than any other corner in the league.
Mangold has been mentioned as one of, if not, the best centers in the league and once again is given the honor of being the AFC’s starting center as he had another incredibly solid season, even playing through shoulder pain for a couple of weeks, but he never missed a beat.
Ferguson continues to prove the Jets made the right choice when they drafted him early and this year he and the Jets were rewarded by him being named as a backup for this year’s Pro Bowl team.
The player that got snubbed/overlooked the most from this Jets team, was named a third alternate, Brandon Moore. Moore had yet another incredibly solid season and just continues to go out play hard and play at an elite level game, after game and year after year. Unfortunately for Moore the voters didn’t see it that way as they elected the Patriots Logan Mankins instead, even though Mankins only played half the season due to his extra long holdout.
Also expect to hear Rex Ryan voice his displeasure with the fact that Brad Smith wasn’t named a starter as well, as Ryan has been championing him for the past month or so.