The NFL Pro Bowl rosters have come out and, not shockingly, no Redskins have made the team in the ultimate popularity contest, But, why not? London Fletcher is making more plays than ever, Ryan Kerrigan is making the DE-OLB transition look easy, and Orakpo, despite not huge sack numbers, is still an unblockable terror that makes even the fastest footed offensive tackles look like amateurs. What is up with this though? The NFC OLBs are: DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews, Lance Briggs. The NFC ILBs are: Patrick Willis, Brian Urlacher.
In my humble opinion, there is no reason why Orakpo and Kerrigan should not be in over Matthews and Briggs and why Fletcher shouldn't be in over Urlacher (and still probably Willis). The stats tell the story though: Fletcher certainly out-produced Willis and Urlacher. Ware is having an extraordinary season and deserves his bid, but Kerrigan is certainly having a better season than Briggs and Matthews while Orakpo is one of the best pass rushers in the NFC (despite lower sack numbers).
Patrick Willis: (Through 12 games, missed last three because of injury)
93 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 turnovers (4 forced fumbles, 1 interception)
92 tackles, 0 sacks, 3 turnovers (3 interceptions)
163 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 turnovers (3 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions)
Fletcher has both ILBs beat by 70 tackles, and is tied for most turnovers. There is NO reason why he shouldn't be up there. He is the league leader in tackles with 163 and is arguably having his best season as a pro. It is disgusting that he hasn't been voted in.
53 tackles, 18 sacks, 2 turnovers (2 forced fumbles)
50 tackles, 6 sacks, 6 turnovers (3 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions), 1 TD
100 tackles, 0 sacks, 3 turnovers (2 forced fumbles, 1 interception)
56 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 turnovers (2 forced fumbles)
61 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 5 turnovers (4 forced fumbles, 1 interception), 1 TD
Clearly, Kerrigan has out performed Briggs (despite 39 less tackles, 7.5 sacks, 2 turnovers, and a TD more than makes up for that) and Matthews (1.5 more sacks and 11 tackles for 1 more turnover is debatable). Orakpo has, in my opinion, outperformed Briggs, and, although he didn't get better stats then Matthews, he still has a rip move that can beat the very best. He doesn't have better numbers because he gets held and it is easy to step up and avoid a defensive lineman after a harsh, outside rip move.
I don't know about you guys, but it is INSANE Fletcher didn't get in, and really, why Kerrigan didn't get in. I still think Orakpo is deserving because of his presence and pass rush ability, it just didn't produce the same stats this year. What do you guys think?