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5 Undeserving Pro Bowl Selections

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Whenever an all-star roster is compiled in any professional sport, talking heads and fans alike begin to discuss who was snubbed and who doesn’t deserve to be there.

The more popular topic is the snubs, but often times, when individuals mention who should’ve made the team, they forget to say who needs to be replaced.

Let’s take a look at five players who made the 2016 Pro Bowl solely on reputation.

Calvin Johnson – In terms of his standards, ‘Megatron’ is having a disappointing season. Sure, he has 72 catches, 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns, but those are just decent numbers for him.

However, to be more direct, Johnson just simply doesn’t deserve his Pro Bowl bid.

Johnson is 15h in the NFL in receiving yards and someone who clearly should’ve been elected over him is none other than Allen Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Robinson has 69 catches for 1,141 yards with 13 touchdowns. Also, Robinson has four games of 100 plus yards to go along with three multiple touchdown games, while Johnson only has one in each category.

We know this is a popularity contest.

LeSean McCoy – Before the season, McCoy was a 3-time Pro Bowler, however, this year shouldn’t have been his fourth appearance in Honolulu.

Apparently, I’m not the only person that feels this way.

If the player himself says he doesn’t deserve it, what else is there to talk about?

McCoy is sitting at 9th in rushing and he’s not even in the top two in the AFC.

Latavius Murray and Chris Ivory hold the top two spots in the conference, yet they were both were forced to settle as being alternates.

Kam Chancellor – This selection is arguably the most blasphemous. Obviously, Chancellor is very well respected around NFL circles, but there’s no logical explanation as to why he was picked over Reshad Jones.

The other two strong safeties elected were Charles Woodson and Eric Berry.

Yes, Chancellor has more tackles than Berry and Woodson, but those two guys have proven to be more well rounded, at least this year.

Chancellor only has two interceptions and has defended four passes.

Now, Berry has two picks as well, but he doubles Chancellor up in passes defended, while Woodson beats both guys in each category with five picks and nine passes defended.

However, Jones dominates all of those guys.

Jones leads all safeties in tackles (124) and he’s tied for second at the position with five interceptions; And he’s returned two of those picks for touchdowns.

It’s safe to say Jones isn’t pleased with the decision.

“It’s obviously a popularity contest. They just pick the popular guy or whoever made it last year,” Jones stressed. “We can’t be going off play and production, because my numbers double all those guy’s numbers.”

Jones has been named an alternate.

Gerald McCoy – Over the past four years, this may be McCoy’s worst season. Yet, the former third-overall pick was still elected to the Pro Bowl.

On the season, the 27-year-old has 28 tackles with 7.5 sacks.

Despite having more sacks than Green Bay’s Mike Daniels, there’s no denying his overall impact against the run and pass.

Daniel has 43 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He’s consistently causing havoc in the backfield.

You can’t question McCoy’s toughness, as he’s played with a torn rotator cuff this season, but he hasn’t been as dominant as in year’s past.

DeMarcus Ware – This one really had me scratching my head.

First of all, Ware has only been healthy for eight games. Yes, eight games.

Also, when you have a guy like Anthony Barr, who has 41 more tackles than Ware, how can you justify picking Ware?

It just doesn’t make any sense at all.

Ware is likely headed for the Hall of Fame once his career is done, but that doesn’t mean he’s been an elite player this year


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.