Yes the system is a flawed one. Today the NFL announced it’s pro-bowl selections and the Miami Dolphins landed 2 players on that list. Ronnie Brown and Joey Porter. Porter is the only starter. Oddly absent from the list are two others who deservedly should have been on it. Join me tonight at www.finsradio.net tonight starting at 8PM Eastern time to hear more on the PB rosters and the shaft that Miami took.
At tackle, the Dolphins’ Jake Long was not voted on instead losing to Cleveland Browns 2nd year left tackle Joe Thomas and Buffalo Tackle Jason Peters. Both of whom, and especially Thomas, have had bad years. Jake Long was the leading fan vote getter at the position. Of the Dolphins who looked to be going to the PB, Long was the biggest surprise not to make it, in my opinion. Long has been exceptional as a rookie LT and displayed far more consistency than the two that made it as starters. Michael Roos of Tennessee is the backup.
Dan Carpenter who has been nominated and named Special Teams player of the week twice and ST Player of the Month once was also beaten out by NE kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Carpenter also lead fan voting when those polls ended last week. Gostkowski has made 30 of 33 attempts this season while Carpenter has only attempted 23 field goals.
Another name that brought some interest from local media and fans was Chad Pennington who was also absent from the roster as Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Jay Cutler took the 3 openings.
Still, hats off to Ronnie Brown for his first trip to Hawaii and Porter for his first with Miami.
In other Pro-Bowl news, congratulations to Wes Welker for making his first pro-bowl. Welker and the above mentioned Gostkowski are the ONLY New England Patriots who made the pro-bowl.