Posts Tagged ‘Pro-Bowl’

National writers weigh in on Packer snubs

December 19, 2007

*Andrew Perloff (cnnsi.com) worked up Woodson and Barnett left off – here.
*Pete Prisco (sportsline.com) believes Woodson not only should make the Pro Bowl, but is a Defensive Player of the Year candidate – here. In fact, Prisco believes both Woodson and Harris should be the NFC starters – me too. Prisco also wonders how Barnett could be left off.
*Vic Carruci (nfl.com) has problems with Woodson and Barnett being left off, the Packers only having 4 players picked as well as Jennings not getting more attention – here.
*Alex Marvez (foxsports.com) doesn’t mention Woodson or Barnett, but has a beef with Mason Crosby and Chad Clifton being left off – here.

Seven Vikings?

December 18, 2007

Seriously? This is the team the Packers have beaten twice, including a 34-0 ass-whooping? Some of these guys are deserving — Adrian Peterson, Steve Hutchinson, the Willams duo — but Darren Sharper? Sorry, Sharper used to play at a Pro Bowl level, but no longer.

More here.

Money quote:

The Packers are tied for the best record in the NFC at 12-2 and swept the Vikings this season, including a 34-0 smackdown on Nov. 11. Yet, the Vikings have twice as many starters in the Pro Bowl. Someone — anyone — tell me how this makes sense.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy immediately should be admitted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Anyone who can take a team with so little talent — according to the Pro Bowl voting released today — to the brink of gaining the No. 1 seed in the NFC deserves unanimous approval as coach of the year and should have his salary tripled.

Quick Thoughts on Pro Bowl Snubs

December 18, 2007

No question Nick Barnett was snubbed. He is 7th in the NFL in tackles with 119, 90 solo and 29 assists. He also has two picks and 3.5 sacks. I think Gred Bedard is right that he is arguably more responsible than anyone other than Favre for the Packers’ success this year. Lofa Tatupu, a solid player, has numbers that just don’t match up to Barnett’s. He is 20th in tackles with 101, 78 solo and 23 assists. He has one sack and four interceptions. Three of those picks came in the game last Sunday — just as vote were being cast. Good timing.Patrick Willis, a shoe-in for defensive rookie of the year, is the reserve. He should have been the starter, Barnett the back-up. Willis has 142 tackles, which leads the league, and his almost single-handedly kept San Francisco from being the worst team (and defense) in the league.I take Greg Bedard’s point about Greg Jennings and his 50 receptions, but ultimately I think Jennings was more deserving than either Donald Driver or Torry Holt. Jennings has 12 touchdowns, gaudy yards per catch numbers and RAC numbers, and he is a league leader in yards per game when you factor out the two games he missed. He has been better than either Driver or Holt.And then there’s Charles Woodson. I think he was more deserving than Al Harris, but Harris got so much love from the broadcasters this year — overdue, in my opinion — that he was all but assured of a trip.I do think it’s amazing that the 12-2 Cowboys got 11 starters, while the 12-2 Packers got four. And I agree with Andy that this should provide some motivation for those, like Barnett, who got snubbed.

Profootballtalk.com: Packers Will Win Super Bowl

December 15, 2007

They rank the Packers #3 in their Power Rankings this week and predict that the Packers upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl and that Favre will “pull an Elway.”  It’s here

Weekend Reading

December 15, 2007

On the Packers and the Pro Bowl here.

On the Packers’ struggles in short-yardage here.On the promise of Will Blackmon here.

On the Packer offense versus the Rams blitz here.

On a Ryan Grant honor here.

On how a fellow Wauwatosa native beat us out to be the first Tosan to be inducted into the Packer fan Hall of Fame here.

On an outsider’s opinion about Packer fans here.

And Mike McCarthy on a variety of topics here.

Favre Leads Pro-Bowl Voting

November 15, 2007

This probably should not come as a surprise, given that Brett Favre is perhaps the greatest quarterback of all time and a very likeable figure. It doesn’t hurt that America’s Team (the Packers, not the Cowboys) has a national fan base to supplement the 100,000 strong in Green Bay.

There is little debate that Tom Brady is the runaway league MVP after ten weeks of the 2007 NFL season. Favre, in my view, is the only other person in the conversation. He probably used to drink Pabst before he quit drinking.


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