And the ballots are in! I have to admit while I’m very happy for Patrick Willis, Andy Lee and especially Justin Smith (why in a minute) how can the 11-3 49ers have just 3 pro bowlers? Your telling me the top ranked defense with the most takeaways has just 2 pro bowlers? Where is Navarro Bowman? Where is Carlos Rogers? How about Dashon Goldson? And the NFLs best kicker David Akers isn’t going to the pro bowl? Oh how in the he double hockey sticks was Aldon Smith NOT EVEN ON THE BALLOT?
All this happened because the fan voting process is stupid. The fans should get to vote in a couple players AFTER the players, and coaches put together the real team. The best teams in the league are the best teams for a reason. They have good players playing good football. The 49ers deserve much more than this, of the players above I didn’t even mention Frank Gore or Vernon Davis.
The silver lining to all this and why Justin Smith’s starting nod is special after the jump
Expect the 49ers to get a minimum of 3-5 more pro bowlers. Coaches recognize what is going on here, so do players. Outside of Willis and Ray Lewis find me a better middle linebacker than Bowman. You won’t, he’s going. Aldon Smith, punch his ticket to the PB this kids eating QBs for dinner, he’s Charles Haley 2.o. Rogers and Goldson, way too good this season with 6 picks each not to go. Gore and VD are debatable given the talent at their positions around the league, still an injury could get 1 or both of these guys in. Someone will inevitably get screwed, and that’s no one’s fault but the NFLs for putting this system together.
Back to Smith, he’s listed as a DT on the ballot for some reason that makes zero sense. That means he beat out Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh. As dominate and as popular as Suh is that speaks volumes about how much the world has come around to recognize Smith. One of the very best DL in the entire NFL, Smith is finally getting his due in his 11th year. Jim Harbaugh called him the 49ers MVP this season. In my book he’s the NFLs Defensive Player Of The Year.
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