5 Snubs From the 2013 NFL All-Pro Team
Who Was Snubbed From 2013 All-Pro Team?
Whether it’s the Pro Bowl, All-Pro team or any sort of individual award there is always discussion of which players were snubbed of receiving recognition for what they did during the regular season. There are plenty of those in the 2013 NFL All-Pro team.
The one position where I don’t have any qualms, however, is at wide receiver. The Associated Press selected Calvin Johnson and Josh Gordon for first team and A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Brown for the second team. Those were without a doubt the five best receivers during the regular season — they fill out the top five spots in the NFL’s receiving yards list during 2013.
Two linebackers were snubbed by the Associated Press -- most likely due to their lack of a winning record -- but is that a justifiable reason for leaving them off the All-Pro team? This is a way to honor individual performances, and it gives players from losing teams hope that their poor seasons can end with some sort of a bittersweet ending. The two linebackers finished in the top three in the NFL in total tackles, yet they were not recognized at all for their seasons.
Finally, the Associated Press decided not to name a second-team quarterback. We all know that Peyton Manning put together quite possibly the best season by a quarterback in NFL history, but is that enough reason to deny recognition for another quarterback? There surely was a quarterback worthy of second-team recognition, and I have him in this list.
Find out which five players were snubbed the hardest by the Associated Press in the 2013 NFL All-Pro team selection.
5. Brandon Boykin, CB
Brandon Boykin was the best player in the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary all season long. From the start of the year many believed the Eagles, who are so offensive-centric, would not have the defense to contend in the NFC East. Instead Boykin stepped up and finished the season with six interceptions, tied for second in the NFL. He returned one interception for a 76-yard return in the Eagles' 27-13 win over the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 10. He also had a 54-yard return for a touchdown in a 54-11 romp over the Chicago Bears on Dec. 12. In addition, Boykin had one more pass defended during 2013 than first team selection Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.
4. Matt Forte, RB
Matt Forte finished second in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,339 yards, 161 more than second-team selection Eddie Lacy. LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson are all legitimate All-Pro selections, but Forte was surely snubbed by Lacy. The Packers running back scored two more touchdowns than Forte, but Forte beat Lacy out in yards per game, yards per attempt and 20-plus yard runs.
3. Kiko Alonso, ILB
Kiko Alonso put together a very impressive season, finishing third in the NFL with 159 total tackles. He also picked off four passes and sacked the quarterback twice. He was the heart and soul of the Bills defense, but the fact that Buffalo finished 6-10 definitely hurt Alonso’s case.
2. Paul Posluszny, ILB
One has to believe that the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 4-12 record had to have prevented Posluszny from being named to the NFL All-Pro team. His 161 tackles, which rank him second in the NFL during 2013, should have made him worthy of a second-team selection at the very least. Posluszny also recorded three sacks and two interceptions, one of which he returned 59 yards for a touchdown. He definitely deserved a spot over All-Pro recipient Karlos Dansby who finished 20th in the league with 122 tackles.
1. Drew Brees, QB
The Associated Press decided not to go with a second-team quarterback on its All-Pro team in 2013 — Drew Brees most definitely deserved the honor. Writers must have went with the notion that Peyton Manning’s season was so good no other quarterback is worthy of being mentioned alongside him. Brees became the first player in NFL history to pass for more than 5,000 in three consecutive seasons in 2013. The AP should have made a selection for a second-team quarterback, and Brees should have been that pick.