The Baltimore Ravens were rewarded with six Pro Bowlers on the 2013 AFC roster, but were all six of these guys deserving?
First let’s state who are the Pro Bowlers: Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Jacoby Jones, Vonta Leach, Ray Rice, and Marshal Yanda.
In the title you can see that I feel that only five Ravens deserved to go, but two of the players aforementioned do not garner a Pro Bowl selection. Reed and Ngata honestly did not have a Pro Bowl caliber season, Reed is in there because he is well known and is still somewhat feared in this league, but if you look at his numbers he should not be making the trip to Hawaii. The same goes for Ngata, but I have no doubt that if he wasn’t playing on half a leg for most of the season that he would have undoubtedly been a deserving Pro Bowl selection.
But wait, that leaves just four guys, who is the fifth?? I believe the only Raven that was really “snubbed” was Cary Williams. Despite what a lot of Ravens fans say and think they know, Williams has had one heck of a season, especially moving into the number one spot with the absence of Lardarius Webb. I would hate to see where this team would be without Cary Williams this season and in my opinion in a weak AFC crop of cornerbacks (yes there are some studs, but not as many as years past) Williams deserves to be going to Honolulu.
Having said that about Reed and Hgata, I love these guys, and would not want to see them in any other uniform other than the Purple and Black, but in regards to the Pro Bowl, they just do not have the numbers to support being selected THIS YEAR. I said the same thing about Cal Ripken Jr. a few times towards the end of his career, but just like with Cal, I will enjoy watching our guys represent Baltimore in the All-Star Game (Pro Bowl). Hopefully, I will not be watching them in Hawaii because they will be preparing for a game in New Orleans!
What are your thoughts? Don’t hold anything back!