Thursday, December 29, 2011

Chargers In The Pro Bowl

Philip Rivers is in the Pro Bowl, but I'm not sure I can figure out why. He leads the league in interceptions and his team will finish with, at best, an 8-8 record. He's 12th in quarterback rating, 7th in percentage of completion and 6th in total yards.

Antonio Gates might make a bit more sense, but even there Aaron Hernandez of the Patriots and Tony Gonzalez of Falcons have outperformed him by a wide margin, and both of those tight ends have contributed to their teams being in the playoffs.

Eric Weddle? Sure, he shares the league lead with seven interceptions, but that is by no means the only measure of a free safety. When it comes to number of tackles he's not even in the top forty rankings, and he's contributed to a pass defense that is no better than tenth in the league.

There's little to celebrate about the Chargers' season, and Pro Bowl selections that are about as reasonable as Obama's Nobel Peace Prize doesn't help much.


Bartender Cabbie said...

After watching the Saints the other night I could not but help wondering about the sanity of Charger management. Losing both Brees and Sproles? Something not right there. They appear to me to be the Houston Astros of the NFL.

Jayhawk said...

Indeed. Nick Canepa was remarking that while perhaps Norv Turner needed to go, that A.J. Smith had "built the Chargers from squat," was a superb GM and should be retained. I thought, "Indeed, and you didn't notice the new NFL single season passing record that was set with a completion from Drew Brees to Darren Sprolkes on a team that was not the Chargers?"

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