Posted December 27, 2013

2014 Pro Bowl snubs: Nick Foles, Knowshon Moreno among those shut out

Pro Bowl
(Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Nick Foles hasn’t started the full season for the Eagles, which may have held him back from the Pro Bowl. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The 2014 Pro Bowl rosters were released Friday night, less than 48 hours before a critical Week 17 begins. You can check out the players who named to the league’s annual all-star game here.

But, as is always the case, some deserving players were left off the initial list of honorees. Here’s a look at a few of the more glaring snubs:

• Nick Foles, QB, Eagles: A few quarterbacks might feel slighted right now, including Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. But in Foles is a player that some are starting to push for league MVP, thanks to his work in guiding the Eagles to the edge of a playoff spot. Heck, 25 touchdown passes to two interceptions sorta speaks for itself. Likely holding him back, though: He has started just nine games.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: Jeffery’s teammate, Brandon Marshall, earned a nod — so Jeffery might have fallen victim to being second in the Windy City pecking order. But Jeffery had a case for his own spot, possibly over Marshall, who has more catches (94 to 86) and touchdowns (11 to seven) than Jeffery but less yards (1,221 to Jeffery’s 1,341).

Lavonte David, OLB, Buccaneers: This is arguably the biggest snub of all. David is Pro Football Focus’ second-ranked outside linebacker, behind only Von Miller, who was suspended for Weeks 1 through 6 and now is out for the year with an injury. David had a stellar rookie season in 2012; he’s been an outright star in 2013, possibly lost in the shuffle on a poor team.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos: Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy also has a beef — he’s considered the frontrunner for Offensive Rookie of the Year but was shut out of the Pro Bowl roster. Moreno’s only 11th in the league in yards rushing (1,015), but he also has 55 catches and 12 combined touchdowns. Even after Denver drafted Montee Ball, Moreno has been the guy adding balance to a loaded offensive attack.

Larry Warford, G, Lions/Josh Sitton, G, Packers: These two are a pair of NFC North interior linemen who have played well enough to earn the trip to Hawaii. Same goes for Philadelphia’s Evan Mathis, the anchor of a line that’s paved the way for LeSean McCoy and company. Sitton and Warford have allowed a combined one sack this season (it belongs to Sitton). In fact, Warford might be in the Offensive Rookie of the Year mix if he was not at such an underappreciated position.

Muhammed Wilkerson, DE, Jets: Either Wilkerson or rookie DT Sheldon Richardson could have made the roster and no one would have batted an eyelash. Wilkerson, in just his third pro season, has broken through as a dominant defensive lineman — he has 10.5 sacks to lead the Jets and also added an interception for good measure.

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans: If Casey keeps playing like he has this season, plenty of Pro Bowl selections will be coming in his future. Still, he probably should have been invited with this first slew of guys, on the strength of 10.5 sacks and some ferocious play inside for Tennessee.

T.J. Ward, S, Browns: Ward said this week that he thought he had a Pro Bowl-worthy season, and it’s hard to argue with him. Certainly, if you stack his numbers and impact up against Troy Polamalu or even Kam Chancellor, both of whom made it at Ward’s strong safety spot, there is enough there to justify the Browns’ DB heading to Hawaii.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB: A sensational season for the first-year Bronco goes unrewarded. Rodgers-Cromartie has played in 2013 like the player he looked to be after breaking into the league with Arizona, and the player Denver hoped he could be again when they signed him this past offseason.

Cordarrelle Patterson, PR, Vikings: The NFL’s move to ban kickoffs from this year’s Pro Bowl really hurt Patterson’s chances (as well as those of Chicago’s Devin Hester). Patterson led the league in kick-return yards, but he did not return punts nor did he make enough of an impact elsewhere to justify a nod.

Jeremy Lane, ST, Seahawks: No way anyone can argue the inclusion of Arizona’s Justin Bethel as a special teamer. New England’s Matthew Slater, on the other hand … Lane had a better season, serving as a menace from the gunner spot.

42 comments
irishman0096
irishman0096

Where is Kiko Alonso on this list? He is most likely going to be defensive rookie of the year and you don't even think he got snubbed?

PWINGS
PWINGS

To an extent, the Foles argument is irrelevant. At least one if not two of the QB's (Manning, Brady, Wilson?) who were selected won't be available to play because they'll be preparing to play in the Super Bowl. Did Foles get "snubbed" in the voting? Probably. Will he get to play in the Pro Bowl? Probably. As for wh should have been left off of the list, Rivers IMO.

Interestingly, at the end of last year, if anyone had predicted that neither RGIII, Luck nor Kaepernick would be selected for the 2014 Pro Bowl, that person would have been considered an idiot. 

coolgato13
coolgato13

I am appalled that so many sportswriters today do not know how to use the word LESS and the word FEWER.  Mr. Burke,  Brandon Marshall had FEWER yards than Jeffery. Please get it right in the future.

Scramble
Scramble

Daryl Smith has filled in the whole left by Ray Lewis quite nicely. Now if we only had a quarterback that could live up to his paycheck Dary might get some recognition.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Don't give me that crap about Foles breing a top snub... Foles is benifiting from a system that get the balls into players hands and have them do the work.. Look at who foles is handing the ball off to... Where was this great foles last year... if foles had hit the ground running like the others QB's then i would be sold.,.. not impressed by system QB's ...  Matt Cassel showed us in New England... Brady played like crap for his first 8 games and they still won games because they have a great system...

Come playoff time ... the way to stop the eagles.... fill the box and and jam the eagles recievers at the line of scrimage.. and they will quit like they did in years pass...easy to complete passes when recievers are running unchecked up and doewn the field


Now if you want to have a real conversation about guys like Jeffery, Wilkerson and Lavonte, then i will listen

Kalzy
Kalzy

No Cordarrelle Patterson? No wonder we won't watch.

Nathan16
Nathan16

No inside linebacker snubs? No mention of the absurd selections (Aldon Smith being one of the worst)?

KenPalmeri
KenPalmeri

Just more proof that the probowl is the biggest jallstar joke in all of sports

70AGAINSTTHESPREADIN2013
70AGAINSTTHESPREADIN2013

Robgo6 has a good point; to list a snub, you need to list the player the snub would replace.  I'm a geek for line-play, particularly guard play, and I must admit that I was shocked to see Logan Mankins' name appear not only on the Pro Bowl list but on Bill Barnwell's All-Pro team.  Granted I've only watched him play three full games this year - one against the Bills, who are tremendous up front, one against the Jets, and one against the Bengals before Geno Atkins went down - but I found Mankins to be a sieve in pass protection and surprisingly limited in the run game for a supposed mauler, routinely unable to get to his reach blocks.  I don't care what he might have done the rest of the time....If you're not good all the time, and if you're not good against the best, you're not that good.


The best left guard play in the AFC (to my eyes) has been turned in by Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals; shifting inside to guard four weeks ago MID-GAME when starter Clint Boling went down, the Bengals' left tackle, who broke into the league as a left guard, will unfortunately get left out of the Pro Bowl because his outstanding, I daresay SEASON-SAVING versatility divided his snaps between two positions.             


22 players are involved in the success or failure of every snap; sadly, most NFL fans see only the two offensive players each snap that meaningfully touch the ball and the defensive player who tackles the ball.     

robgo6
robgo6

You should also list who should be out for each position for this article to be of any merit.


Thomas15
Thomas15

That Foles has only 9 games played this season and only 15 in his career should have gotten him MORE votes not less. brady's season stinks injuries or not. 

RandomGuy81
RandomGuy81

Also Brady over Foles is a damn joke. Brady obviously has a big advantage in yards but Foles has accounted for 4 more TDs (25 passing and 3 rushing compared to 24 and 0), 9 less turnovers (2 picks vs 10 picks and a lost fumble) and has a QB rating over 30 points higher (119-88).

RandomGuy81
RandomGuy81

The Cardinals getting perpetually screwed as always. Dansby has been a beast all year and Calais Campbell has become one of the best DEs in the league beyond a doubt.

imhemp
imhemp

Antrel Rolle is having a All Pro year on an awful team.

JacobReed
JacobReed

And yet, nothing about Derrick Johnson. Apparently this article also sucks.

ROLL TIDE1
ROLL TIDE1

Dansby, David, & Wilkerson not making it is a crime against humanity.

radioactivez0r
radioactivez0r

I could see why you suggest that some guys got "snubbed", but I wonder who you would scratch from the list of guys who did make it? Who exactly among Brady/Manning/Brees/Rivers/Newton/Wilson do you drop for Foles?  Brady?  Hahahaha; I'd be with you but that's just silly.  Same for a lot of other positions, really.  With the switch to "one team one vote", there just isn't enough room to accommodate the best from both conferences.

George
George

I was watching highlights on NFL Game Rewind and Knowshon Moreno IS playing lights-out football this year.   Congrats to him.

On the other hand, he was also known as "no-show" Moreno, a china doll and a huge first-round bust the previous 4 seasons.


If Moreno manages to stay healthy and keeps playing at the high level he is currently, there will be pro bowls and more accolades in his future.   Right now he's making up for 4 seasons of lost ground, and that might be a big reason why he didn't get tapped to go to Hawaii THIS year.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

Lavonte David is one of the 3 best defensive players in the league this year but doesn't make the pro bowl.  Seems legit.  

Please can this be the last year that the NFL puts this travesty on.  By the time the QB's get done declining the offers Tim Tebow will be selected.  

meats29
meats29

How did Ray Rice and Trent Richardson not make it

clt0002
clt0002

Karlos Dansby? How he's not on that list is beyond me. 

Paul105
Paul105

Lavonte David didn't make the Pro-Bowl? Are you kidding me?!? He might have been the best defensive player in the league this year. Screw off NFL with your pansy flag football rules and crooked refs.

MarkGilbert
MarkGilbert

With Foles starting only 9 games that is what makes this all the more amazing that he has 25 TDs and he got hurt in one of those... I remember when he was at I think Arizona when Oregon would play them and he always made an impact on the field against the Ducks

eddie767
eddie767

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler You obviously don't realize players developed at different speeds. It also helps having a coach that knows how to use you. Then you want to throw play offs into a regular season reward. You might know something, but this no.

jmb53
jmb53

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler You obviously have not watched the Eagles play or your opinion of Foles would be different. He is accurate, decisive and doesn't make mistakes. Don't give me the system crap...Foles does what great Qbs do he gets the ball to the guys who make plays!  

Nathan16
Nathan16

@RandomGuy81 It's the problem with fan voting. Fans only see stats, so all the pressure Calais creates is lost on them if he doesn't take the QB down.


The problem with coach and player voting is that they are too busy to pay attention to anyone they are not preparing for, so only those players on the 13 teams they play against or the one they play for are on their radar.

George
George

oh and ps - he picked a damn good year to break out.  Here's his salary info - 

(source - http://www.rotoworld.com/teams/contracts/nfl/den/)


8/7/2009: Signed a five-year, $16.7 million contract. The deal contains $13.125 million guaranteed, including a second-year roster bonus of $3.775 million. Another $6.3 million is available through incentives. The Broncos can exercise an option year in 2014 by paying Moreno $5.08 million. 2013: $1.7 million, 2014: $1.31 million (Club Option), 

2015: Free Agent

pantherpundit
pantherpundit

@KristianColasaccoPanthers have the top D in the NFL and had more of their offensive players than defensive players named.


*shrug* It's fan voting. Don't expect it to be intelligent.

pantherpundit
pantherpundit

@Paul105Because he plays for a bad NFC South team. If he played on an NFC East team or the Pats, he'd be the next Lawrence Taylor.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@PhillyPenn All three answers are good.  This is probably closest to the best.  Those last three, Foles should be in front of.  Manning and Brady are probably the only two locks, if there is such a thing, but you're right:  Foles could be on over any of them.

anon76
anon76

@George 

I'm pretty sure that 2014 option has already been voided.  He's been continuously mentioned as a UFA at the end of this year, so even  better timing on his part.

anon76
anon76

@BosephHeyden

I don't think I'd put Foles ahead of Manning.  There's something to be said about having to play through the entire season.  Not to mention, among Foles' 9 starts he faced the #21 (Det), #22 (Wash), #26 (GB), #27 (Oak), #29 (Dal), and #30 (Min) ranked pass defenses, and gets to pass off of play-action fakes to the best running game in the league.