Pro Bowl Linebacker Situation is Broken

-Matt Magill

Quick Stat Comparison:

Player A:

35 Tackles, 14.5 Sacks, 6 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery

Player B:

33 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles

Player C:

92 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 2 Fumble Recoveries, 3 Interceptions

Player D:

102 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Interception

Player E:

145 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks, 1 Interception

Player F:

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.

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