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A List of the Saints Selections to the Pro Bowl….

Oh wait, they had none. I would like to ask the NFL how a team that could potentially make the playoffs got completely left out of the Pro Bowl. The Saints definitely have some standouts. Let’s first look at Drew Brees. Brees has passed for 3,819 yards with 25 touchdowns and a 68.7 completion percentage. Now for NFC quarterbacks of course Favre and Romo are automatic with the season they’re having, but Matt Hasselbeck was also chosen over Brees. Hasselbeck has thrown for 3,620 yards with 25 touchdowns and a 62.5 completion percentage. Brees also plays in a slightly better division (even Atlanta beat San Francisco).

Another notable absence is that of Marques Colston. Colston has had 87 receptions for 1092 yards and 9 touchdowns, and anyone who watches a Saints game will tell you those yards are not easy. Colston is one of the few receivers who goes up and beats defenders on a regular basis. He is also very good at absorbing the first game to gain more yards after the catch. Granted, I’ll accept Terrell Owens being an undisputed starter, but Larry Fitzgerald, Donald Driver, and Torry Holt were all placed ahead of Colston. Colston has caught more touchdowns than any of these guys with 9 (Driver only caught 2), and they are all about equal in pass receptions and pass yards.

On the defensive side of the ball I would have liked to seen Scott Fujita and Mike McKenzie. Fujita has 87 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He is the leader of a defense ranked 8th against the rush. That is nineteen more tackles than Seatle’s Peterson and he has one more sack than Chicago’s Briggs. McKenzie this year has 52 tackles and 3 interceptions, with 2 of those returned for touchdowns. He is very much considered a “shutdown corner” as he has allowed only one touchdown pass this year. Al Harris, Marcus Trufant, and Terrence Newman were the other corners named to the Pro Bowl. While Trufant is an automatic with his number of interceptions, McKenzie’s numbers are very similar to both Harris and Newman though he has more tackles than both of them. More than that, however, I believe McKenzie is a more respected corner than both Harris and Newman.

I am by no means stating that these candidates should have been OBVIOUS picks to the Pro Bowl. In fact, I would say none of them should be starting in the Pro Bowl. However, all these players are without a doubt at the same skill level as everyone that is going to Hawaii. I am just shocked that everyone of these great players failed to get an invitation this year.


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