Thoughts on the Jets Pro Bowl selections and snubs.
The 2010 Pro Bowl selections were announced last night, which included three New York Jets: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, and Darrelle Revis.
It is hard to argue with the selection of any of them. The logical person to complain the most about is Revis who missed time early in the year because of a hamstring injury and hasn't recorded an interception this season. However, opposing offenses still respect Revis and will routinely avoid attacking his side. Beyond that, he demonstrated "Revis Island" does still exist in the second half of the year by shutting down Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, and Terrell Owens.
Mangold and Ferguson played at their normal high level and have developed reputations as Pro-Bowl caliber players. Any questions about Ferguson spot should be answered by the job he did on Julius Peppers last week and how he handled Pittsburgh's collection of pass rushers two weeks ago.
The only Jets I could argue that were potentially snubbed are Brandon Moore and Brad Smith. Moore has finally started to get the respect he deserves as one of the elite guards in the NFL but considering he shares a line with Mangold and Ferguson, it isn't a surprise he was overlooked. Smith has been one of the top returners in the AFC all year, with a 28.6 per kick return average and two return touchdowns. Marc Mariani of the Titans was selected despite only averaging 25.2 per kick return and have one return touchdown. However, unlike Smith he also returns punts, where he is averaging 12.9 per punt return and has brought one back for a touchdown.
Overall, the Pro-Bowl is really a ton of hype about a meaningless game, where most of the selections will choose not to play anyway. Remember David Garrard playing in the Pro Bowl last year? C'mon now.