Too Soon For Pro Bowl Talk

Rex Grossman

As I was surfing around the NFL home page this week, looking for something to write about, I came across the Pro Bowl balloting page. At first take, I thought what harm would it be, but after a little thought I had to ask myself what is it do we actually know at this point in the season. Do we really know enough of anything to make our picks for the Pro Bowl? This is, after all, the NFL and anyone who has paid attention so far this season and any at all last season will know things can change dramatically at the blink of an eye.

This time last year, it looked as though Rex Grossman stood a sure chance of being in the Pro Bowl. He wasn’t extremely impressive but near flawless up until week 6. What about Donovan McNabb and his reemergence after getting over some serious injuries both to his ego and physical. He looked absolutely magnificent at the start of the season and didn’t it seem a lot like he was the second coming? In week 6 Drew Bledsoe was pulled in favor of Tony Romo and lets just say Romo’s first half day on the job was anything but impressive. Last year saw a record change at the quarterback position, with just about every team, that was yet to be established, changing quarterbacks at least once while Tampa Bay switched twice.

Now that was last year, and it doesn’t look as though things are changing much this season either. Trent Green has already gone down, with yet another, concussion. Vince Young was injured just last week and it looks as though Kerry Collins will be starting for him this week. While in Buffalo Trent Edwards has been starting in place of J.P. Loseman. Does anyone really know who will be starting by the end of the season with Oakland or the NY Jets? Lovie Smith has finally decided that Rex Grossman is not our quarterback so that brings in Brian Griese. Tony Romo and Brett Favre look for now to be the odds on favorites for the NFC, but who would you put at third? Donovan McNabb or Eli Manning? The AFC looks pretty solid at all three positions with Brady, Manning, and Roethlisberger, but isn’t there still at least a small chance that picture could change? Could maybe Palmer or even Rivers step up and prove themselves better than the rest?

The point is that it’s only six games into a sixteen game season. Not even halfway through. There is no telling what will happen tomorrow and there is no reason for anyone to vote today. The NFL is a forever changing entity and it really makes no sense to vote today for something that may not even be there tomorrow. At least not yet. Of course you could go the homer route and just pick all the players from your favorite team. I know this is just the Pro Bowl and all, but isn’t picking players just because they are on your favorite team a little like picking a presidential candidate because he wore your favorite colored suit? It’s too early to make a logical pick at this point, and picking now might lead to Dallas safety Roy Williams to be in yet another Pro Bowl.

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One Response to “Too Soon For Pro Bowl Talk”

  1. Jesse says:

    I enjoy early voting because young and up and coming stars, like Raiders OLB Thomas Howard. Howard and others can start getting votes now after making flashy plays (like Howard’s pick returned to the house against SD)before the casual fan forgets. Without early voting he, and his play (among many reasons for going to the ProBowl) may go forgotten by, lets say, week 8 or 10 or after. The UTEP star, like other youngsters who are displaying what they got early and often, need to get their votes in! Although many may think the norms keep showing up to the ProBowl, it is this early voting that cuts down on those lazy oldies.

    Furthermore, voting for the regular Pro Bowlers who don’t even play the game but let reserves come in are trash. These guys sit out with “injuries” (or just lazy) and waste votes. It’d be better to see these young guys who want to be known and will still put in 100% in the game rather than the oldies (who yes, worry about their health). If they play, the old regulars limit themselves as they take it too EZ on Pro Bowl plays, which is the main reason I can’t go through a whole ProBowl game after devouring the media and my own obsessions with football before the season ends for good. Well, of course I can wait…DRAFT TIME BABY!

    That was a good, thought provoking article.