The 2014 Pro Bowl list was announced on Friday, and immediately a number of snubs stood out among the picks.
The roster contained some of the expected names fans see year in and year out — Peyton Manning and Tom Brady at quarterback, Adrian Peterson at running back — along with a handful of newcomers. This year the Pro Bowl experimented with a new format, with players being selected irregardless of conference.
That made it easier for the best players to get in rather than creating a logjam. For example, five of the best six running backs in the league happened to be in the NFC this year, but instead of leaving one or two of them out they were all able to make it.
But even with the new format, there are a number of 2014 Pro Bowl snubs. Chief among them is Lavonte David, outside linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though he may have suffered a bit as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme and because his team flew under the radar, David was one of the best defensive players in the league.
Another young linebacker missed out on what many thought was a lock. Kiko Alonso of the Buffalo Bills has been having a fantastic season, second in the league in tackles and high among linebackers with four interceptions. But his play has tailed off a bit since midway point, and he’ll have to look to get in as a reserve.
Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, was another 2014 Pro Bowl snub who may have gotten lost in the shuffle. Jeffery’s teammate Brandon Marshall earned a spot in the Pro Bowl, but with 1,341 yards and seven touchdowns it was arguably Jeffery who deserved it more.
Some of the 2014 Pro Bowl snubs just didn’t have the resume to make the cut. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback certainly played well enough, and if he had an entire season under his belt would almost definitely have earned his way in, but his shortened season worked against him.