Apparently we missed the announcement of the Pro Bowl rosters today. Perhaps that’s due to our lack of giving a shit.
The Pro Bowl is joke. A joke we’ve been over many times, so you won’t see much talk of it around here.
But three Green Bay Packers made the squad, so we’ll tell you about that.
They’re exactly the three guys you would expect would make a sham of an all-star game like this — Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and Josh Sitton.
Of those three, we’re pretty sure Sitton belongs. We know Rodgers doesn’t belong and we’re not sure about Matthews.
But that’s the thing. Guys make this game on name recognition alone a lot of times.
Matthews is having a decent season with 63 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Does that put him among the best inside linebackers in the NFL?
Inside linebackers are typically measured by one statistic over every other — tackles. So while Matthews has already established a career high in that category, it’s more telling that he’s 73 tackles off the NFC lead.
That’s held by San Francisco’s NaVorro Bowman and his 136 tackles. Note the difference between the number of tackles Bowman has and the number of tackles Matthews has is greater than Matthews’ total number of tackles.
A total of 11 guys in the NFC have 100 tackles or more. Eight of them are linebackers.
So is Clay Matthews one of the best inside linebackers in the NFC this year?
Let me consult with my trusty Magic 8 Ball…
Signs point to no.
And yes, we know the Pro Bowl rosters are no longer chosen by conference, but if we looked at the entire NFL, then Matthews would be even further down that list.
As for Rodgers, he’s having the worst season of his career. If we have to tell you that, then you should go back to watching Days of Our Lives.
So we know he doesn’t belong, but let’s investigate anyway.
Rodgers has a rating of 95.2, which is nice, but way below the standard he’s set and good enough for just 12th in the league.
The other quarterbacks selected to the Pro Bowl were Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger.
If I were, say, Andy Dalton, I would be pissed. He has much stronger credentials than Rodgers does this season.
And even though they’re on shitty teams, so do Eli Manning, Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins.
That’s right, Kirk Fucking Cousins has more yards, a higher completion percentage and a better rating than Rodgers this year.
But yaaaaaaay, Pro Bowl!