5 San Diego Chargers Pro-Bowl Snubs
San Diego Chargers: 5 Pro-Bowl Snubs
The San Diego Chargers missed out on the Pro-Bowl in 2012. That’s understandable because Philip Rivers had an off year and their star player Eric Weddle didn’t receive votes. This year with the new format, San Diego sends Rivers and Weddle again to Hawaii.
The last time the Chargers sent Rivers and Weddle to the Pro-Bowl was in 2011 and other players invited to go were Vincent Jackson and Ryan Mathews.
Rivers is enjoying a career renaissance. His low touchdown to interceptions ratio (27-10) is underlined by the change of offense and a healthy Mathews and the addition of multi-down back Danny Woodhead. Weapons like Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates contribute to his high completion percentage. Since football is the ultimate team sport, credit Rivers’ playmakers making him for look good.
While Rivers’ is the fantasy football favorite, not enough credit goes to Weddle who leads the team in tackles with 101. For Weddle, the young defense allows him to make decisions and lead. Although his first interception of the season came last week against the Oakland Raiders, his plays have brought consistency to a pack of young men on defense. Don’t forget Weddle’s play calling on punts have extended drives for the Chargers’ offense, making him an indispensible player like Rivers.
In the mix for alternatives this year are Antonio Gates, Nick Hardwick, Le’ron McClain, Mike Scifres, and Ryan Mathews.
Even though much of this current team in raw in talent, there are a few players that deserve a spot in Hawaii in this new intramurals-style Pro-Bowl.
Gates is still Rivers’ No. 1 target as Gates has seen 117 passes thrown this way this season. Though he is an alternate, Gates should always have a shot a starting the Pro-Bowl.
Butler is the unsung hero of the defense. Butler has the second most total tackles next to Weddle (74), but his play calling has stepped up this season.
If Ryan Mathews is going as an alternate, it’s because Woodhead has taken the pressure off Mathews this season. He is in a career year with 974 total yards from scrimmage and 8 total touchdowns. His size and versatility fits a pass-heavy pick up game.
Novak is 32/35 field goal attempts this season, a solid 91 percent. The amount of made field goals is tied for third in the league.
He is alone with Eddie Lacy for Offensive Rookie of the Year. He leads all rookies with receiving yards and touchdowns. What else can you say?-- Hawaii is nice to get away from the stress.