Instant Reaction: No Bucs In The Pro Bowl

There were no Buccaneers voted to play in this year’s Pro Bowl. I think this could be due to five different factors:

1. Injuries and depth chart. Aqib Talib likely would have been in. If Blount had been starting the whole year, he would have gotten the nod.

2. Strong competition at QB. The NFC has a lot of good ones this year and Freeman’s best performance happened after the voting.

3. Lack of visibility among fans. They were rarely broadcast in a lot of markets.

4. Lack of respect. Maybe some coaches and players were unimpressed by them.

5. Team concept. They gel well together with few stars.

I do think you could make a case that Mike Williams was snubbed for the more well-known Desean Jackson – whose return TD might have been called off if the refs had noticed players already on the field before he reached the end zone.

I think they are equal on the explosive scale and I think Williams draws more double teams. Desean bested his yards per reception of last year with a league-leading 22.8. However, that means he has fewer first downs than most receivers. He makes a big impact, but has been neutralized in several games.

Desean has 8 total TDs despite missing two games. Mike Williams has 10 TDs in an offense that throws less. I’m not sure where Jackson was when people voted, but he’s 5th in the NFC in receiving yards, Williams is 9th. Jackson has 32 first down grabs, Williams has 42.


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2 Responses to “Instant Reaction: No Bucs In The Pro Bowl”

  1. Steve says:

    I’m a big fan of both Mike Williams and DeSean Jackson, and I agree that Williams had a pro-bowl caliber year, but I can’t believe you just said that “Williams draws more double teams.” I live in Philly, and although I’m not an Eagles fan, I’m a Jackson fan. Let me tell you this – DeSean draws double teams as often as any receiver in the league. His receptions were down this year, but 22.8 yards/catch is ridiculous. Not only that, but when you factor in the time he spent injured, playing injured, and with a new QB…….His season starts to look a whole lot more impressive. Not to mention his kick and punt returning abilities. Trust me, they’re both great players, but DeSean’s got that “X-factor”. He’s an amazing player to watch, and well-deserving of his pro bowl appointment. Not hating on Williams, like I said, he was deserving this year, too. And so was Freeman, I think, even in such a deep pool of QB talent, I thought his year stood out, considering his youth and clutch play…I guess he didn’t make it because of the depth at the position and because he played his best football after the voting period, like you said…still, it’s a shame we don’t get to see him or Joe Flacco in the Pro Bowl…two of the best young QBs I’ve seen in a long time.

  2. Chris Bach says:

    I dunno. I respect that you think Desean is better because he might be, but Desean – understandably after suffering that concussion – isn’t as dominant in situations with tight coverage. Jackson might get you a huge gain, but if he doesn’t score, would you rather have him or Williams in the Red Zone?