Quick Stat Comparison:
35 Tackles, 14.5 Sacks, 6 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery
33 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles
92 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 2 Fumble Recoveries, 3 Interceptions
102 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Interception
145 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 1 Interception
140 Tackles, 1 Fumble Recovery
Which of these players is left out of the Pro Bowl at the Linebacker position?
If you said Player F, you would be correct. Despite five other Cowboys making the roster, Sean Lee is left off despite being second in the league in tackles and quarterbacking a top three rushing defense. Hell, on the eye test alone, he might be one of the best linebackers in the league. Yet, guys with thirty tackles in fourteen games are your starting outside linebackers ((A)Vic Beasley and (B)Ryan Kerrigan because (I’m assuming) of double digit sacks). A pair of Panthers, (C) Thomas Davis and (D) Luke Kuechley have made good cases for their inclusion on the roster. (E)Bobby Wagner is the starter at inside linebacker and the only one on this list that I feel should be ranked ahead of Lee despite the fact they don’t technically play the same position (though linebacker is a pretty ambiguous position in the NFL given the various formations used and what each player is expected to do within each formation). Hopefully Lee is playing in the Superbowl and this is a moot point, but he really should be on the Pro Bowl roster at this point.