Florham Park, N.J.– This year’s Pro Bowl selections are a fitting way to summarize the Jets 2011 season. The Jets only earned three spots on the AFC roster and only one of them, Darrelle Revis was named a starter. A disappointing and underachieving tally, just like their win-loss record this season.
Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson have been known as the best at their respected positions over the past few seasons, but this year they were both selected as backups for the Pro Bowl team with Maurkice Pouncey being named the starting center and Joe Thomas and Jake Long getting the nod at tackle.
Brandon Moore was selected as a second alternate for the guards in what has really been a down year for the veteran right guard who has been slowed by offseason hip surgery and has struggled to return to his usual standard of performance. Aside from these being the only selections for the Jets, there really isn’t a case to be made that any Jet players were snubbed either.
Sure you could make the argument for Joe McKnight as the kick returner (31.9 yards per return avg. and 1 TD to Antonio Brown’s 27.7 yards per return and 0 TDs), but the case of fumblitis he caught combined with the fact that Brown also returns punts, and returns them very effectively, pretty much seals the case for Brown.
All and all this is a disappointing list of Pro Bowlers for a team with as much talent as these New York Jets have. The Jets have many players who have underachieved this season and it shows in this list just as much as it shows in their record and the very real possibility that this team could actually miss the playoffs.
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