Look, I understand that the NFL is experimenting with their new “un-conferenced” concept for the 2014 Pro Bowl. And seeing how the game is in dire need of renewed fan interest, it’s probably not the worst idea. But something needs to be seriously reconsidered next year after Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith somehow found his way onto the roster.
Smith’s addition to the roster is much in thanks to a slew of injuries and players turning down the trip to Hawaii for other miscellaneous reasons. But no matter how he ended up there, Smith has absolutely no business walking into Aloha Stadium this year.
Smith was essentially the ninth quarterback selected to the roster and sneaked in only after Tom Brady decided against the trip following the New England Patriots‘ season-ending loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game. Still, when you begin to consider a man who led the NFL’s 24th ranked pass attack, the integrity of the game begins to come into question.
Yes, Smith was a good quarterback this year. He was probably one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league, ending the year with a 60.6 percent completion rate and only seven interceptions. Smith was good, but the Pro Bowl is a game to celebrate the great.
Here’s how Smith ranked in a few statistical categories commonly used to measure QB success:
Yards (3313) – 17th in NFL
Touchdowns (23) – 15th in NFL
Toal QBR (49.4) – 22nd in NFL
These are certainly not Pro Bowl-like numbers. With names such as Matt Ryan (4,515 yards, 26 TD, 17 INT) and Ben Roethlisberger (4,261 yards, 28 TD, 14 INT) left off the list, there’s simply no logical excuse to add a player with Smith’s credentials to the roster.
Smith was a borderline top-10 quarterback this year. Borderline top-10 quarterbacks should not make Pro Bowl. It really is that simple. If the NFL had a 2013 All-Mediocre team Smith would have my vote, but for the 2013 Pro Bowl I’m not so sure.