2014 Pro Bowl Rosters: 5 Wide Receivers Who Deserved a Spot Over Brandon Marshall
2013 Pro Bowl Rosters: 5 Wide Receivers Who Deserved a Spot Over Brandon Marshall
The Chicago Bears' 2013 season has been one of many ups and downs. Most of the positives have come on the offensive side of the ball, with new head coach Marc Trestman installing what would prove to be one of the league's highest scoring offenses. On the other side, the defense has been much worse than we're used to seeing.
Focusing strictly on the offense, it hasn't mattered what quarterback Trestman has used. Whether it was a healthy Jay Cutler or backup Josh McCown during Cutler's absence, the offense has flourished. What has been the biggest reason it has done so?
Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have become the top wide receiving duo in all of football. But, the shocker this season has been that of Jeffery having an even better year than Marshall has in terms of a few different categories. Marshall's year was down in comparison to a season ago, but he still finished with 1,221 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Due to a very good season, Marshall was voted into the Pro Bowl for 2013. After the rosters were released, however, there were plenty of those clamoring for a reason as to why Jeffery was left off. Popularity very well could have come into play, especially with Marshall being as good as he has been the last several seasons.
Should Marshall have made it in, though, over Jeffery? How about a few other guys that were snubbed of an opportunity after great seasons of their own? With that in mind, here are five wide receivers that very well could have taken Marshall's spot on this year's Pro Bowl roster.
5. Eric Decker
Eric Decker finished with more receiving yards, more yards per catch, more yards after the catch and more 20-plus yard catches. He also ended with 10 touchdowns, just one shy of Marshall. Was this a "Oh, he plays with Peyton Manning, so his numbers are inflated" type of snub? Or, did Decker deserve to be in?
4. Jordy Nelson
Like Decker, Jordy Nelson also finished with a higher number of yards after the catch and higher yards per catch overall, but was left out of the voting. He did not have quite as many yards or touchdowns, but the fact that he had the kind of season he did with four different starting quarterbacks should show his true talent.
3. Pierre Garcon
Lost in a season filled with Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan drama was yet another fantastic year by Pierre Garcon. The most impressive part about Garcon's game this year was his ability to gain yards after the catch. He not only had more receiving yards overall than Marshall, but 241 more yards after the catch.
2. DeSean Jackson
Without DeSean Jackson, I doubt Chip Kelly's offense enjoys as much success as it did in 2013. Jackson ended with more yardage than Marshall, more yards per catch, more 20-plus yard catches and 218 more yards after the catch. Jackson was one of my biggest snubs this season, and definitely should have gotten in over Marshall.
1. Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery finished 6th in receiving yards league-wide in comparison to Marshall's ranking of 11th. He led Marshall in all of the other major categories other than touchdowns as well: Yards per catch, yards after the catch and 20-plus yard catches. Jeffery was by far the biggest offensive snub this season and voters should be ashamed.