The Miami Dolphins have been disappointing in 2011, without question. However, the NFL fans, coaches, and players have spoken and have selected 2 Dolphins to the Pro Bowl and one as an alternate. Jake Long made the Pro Bowl team as a starting tackle, despite a subpar season (by his standards). Long has been battling injuries, it seems, all season long. He’s played at a high level, just not the level we are used to seeing from Jake. This will be Jake’s 4th Pro Bowl in 4 seasons in the NFL. It’s unlikely that Jake will play, as he was just placed on the Dolphins injured reserve list with a torn biceps injury. The other starting tackle is Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns.
Brandon Marshall was also selected for a trip to Hawaii, along with wide receivers Wes Welker, Mike Wallace, and AJ Green. Marshall is having a good year, production wise. He has caught 76 balls for 1,164 yards and 6 TDs. Those numbers are just about in line with his career stats, although he’s used to catching more balls. What doesn’t show up in those numbers are some of the key dropped passes Marshall has had this season. He’s dropped about 7 TD passes, along with various 3rd down passes that could’ve kept the Dolphins offense on the field.
Mike Pouncey, the Dolphins rookie center, was named as a Pro Bowl alternate at Center. While it’s unlikely that Pouncey will make this trip to Hawaii, it’s likely that he will make many trips over the course of his career. Hopefully, he makes those trips as a member of the Dolphins! He’s had a great rookie season and has helped to stabilize the Dolphins offensive line. Considering there were no offseason practices and a rushed training camp, Pouncey has played very well. He’s making line calls and has been a force maintaining blocks and getting to the second level of the defense.
Congratulations to Jake, Brandon, and Mike for their solid seasons and achievements!