Chiefs Pro Bowl Streak Ends … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs

The Chiefs long string of Pro Bowlers is done.

For now.

But the landscape of the AFC roster will change. In fact, it’s guaranteed to have alterations this year.

The NFL’s decision to play the Pro Bowl the Sunday before the Super Bowl means representatives of at least two teams will not be available for the all-star game. More than likely, that will be two teams with quite a few players on the conference all-star teams.

First, here’s a link to the Pro Bowl teams for the AFC and NFC that were announced Tuesday evening.

In the AFC, the three favorites to end up in the Super Bowl would have to be Indianapolis, San Diego and New England. The Colts have six Pro Bowlers, the Chargers five and the Patriots have four in the game. Over in the wide-open NFC New Orleans has five players in the Pro Bowl, Minnesota has eight, Philadelphia and Dallas both have six and Arizona is sending four players.

There are also injuries that must be accounted for by the time the game comes around on the evening of Sunday, January 31st. Again, the change in when the game is played could open up some more spots. In the past, there were three weeks from the conference championship games to the Pro Bowl. That gave everyone more time to heal, especially those guys that were injured in the last few regular season games.

Now, there’s just one week from conference championship to the all-star game. There are going to be even more players pull out because of injuries. Brett Favre earned a spot on the NFC team, but there’s no chance he will play in the game. Either his Vikings will be in the Super Bowl, or he will be home in Mississippi. At 40 years old, Favre isn’t going to be bothered with the game.

So, the string of 30 consecutive Pro Bowls with a member of the Chiefs still has a chance to be extended if enough other bodies are taken out of the mix by injury or the Super Bowl. The league doesn’t release the voting figures or the names of alternates, but if any Chiefs player has a chance, it will leak out eventually.

As always when an all-star team is selected, there are some surprises, some players forgotten and some rewarded who didn’t really deserve the honor. This year’s Pro Bowl teams have only a few of those situations:

BENGALS GET SHAFTED – It’s hard to believe a team that wins its division does not have at least one Pro Bowler on the initial roster. Again, it speaks more to Cincinnati being a sum of its parts rather than a collection of great players. But not a single Bengals player on the team? That shouldn’t happen. The guy who got shafted was CB Johnathan Joseph (left), who couldn’t climb over the big names of Nnamdi Asomugha and Champ Bailey, neither of whom had as good a year as Joseph or even his opposite cornerback Leon Hall. The Bengals defense was fourth in the NFL and deserved some recognition.

THOMAS JONES SHOULD SEEK AN INJUNCTION – Next time somebody says that players in the bright lights of New York get more attention and fame than they deserve, remember Jets RB Thomas Jones (right). He is second in the AFC in rushing with 1,324 yards and a dozen touchdown runs. But he did not get one of the AFC running back spots. They went to Chris Johnson of Tennessee, Maurice Jones-Drew of Jacksonville and Ray Rice of Baltimore. No arguments with those selections, but there’s no way that Jones should have been left out. He now has five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and he’s made just one Pro Bowl (2008).

BEST DEFENSES HAVE LIMITED REPRESENTATION – The top two defenses in the league in allowing the fewest yards are the Jets and Packers. Against the run, Green Bay is No. 1. Against the pass, New York is the top team. But all those defenses could get on the Pro Bowl teams is one spot for the Jets with CB Darrelle Revis and two spots for the Packers, with CB Charles Woodson and FS Nick Collins.

Not sure how somebody in the front seven of the Green Bay defense could be left out when they are allowing just 85.7 yards per game on the ground. MLB Nick Barnett (left) with 115 total tackles and four sacks should be on the team. New Orleans MLB Jonathan Vilma of the 24th rated defense has 102 total tackles and 2 sacks. Barnett should be on that team.

With the Jets defense, there’s MLB David Harris with 141 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions on the outside looking in despite the fact he’s on the No. 1 defense in the league. There’s no way Houston’s DeMeco Ryans with his 116 tackles and one sack should go ahead of Harris, but that’s the case. Ryans is a good player, but Harris has had a better season.

SIGNINGS, INJURIES & MOVEMENT AROUND THE LEAGUE

  • BRONCOS – signed OT Herb Taylor.
  • BROWNS – signed Scott Kooistra; released LB Arnold Harrison.
  • EAGLES – placed C Jamaal Jackson on the injured-reserve list (knee); promoted G Dallas Reynolds from the practice squad.
  • FALCONS – placed G Harvey Dahl (ankle) and CB Chris Houston (hamstring) on the injured-reserve list; signed K Steven Hauschka; promoted CB Trae Williams from the practice squad.
  • LIONS – released CB Demarcus Faggins and WR Adam Jennings.
  • SAINTS – released S Herana-Daze Jones; signed TE Tory Humphrey.
  • STEELERS – placed CB Keenan Lewis on the injured-reserve list (back).
  • TEXANS – placed S Dominique Barber on the injured-reserve list (hamstring); signed S Brian Russell.

FROM THE PAGES OF CHIEFS HISTORY

On December 30, 2001, the Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-26 at ALLTEL Stadium. The Chiefs ended an 11-game Florida losing streak with the decision over the Jaguars, one that was led by the passing game. QB Trent Green threw for 294 yards and a pair of touchdowns to TE Tony Gonzalez. WR Eddie Kennison caught six passes for 121 yards and RB Priest Holmes ran for 91 yards and a touchdown. The game was tied at 17-17 at half-time, but the Chiefs scored the first 10 points of the second half to take the lead, thanks a 40-yard FG by Todd Peterson and a 12-yard Green to Gonzalez scoring pass. The Chiefs had four sacks and a Jerome Woods interception of Jacksonville QB Mark Brunell.

SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY …

Born on December 30, 1933 in Fullerton, Nebraska was DB Carroll Zaruba. He was a member of the original Dallas Texans, playing seven games with the team during the 1960 AFL season. Zaruba played at the University of Nebraska and those seven games were his only taste of professional football.

Born on December 30, 1954 in Tampa was TE Tony Samuels. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1977 NFL Draft out of Bethune-Cookman College. Samuels played four seasons with the Chiefs (1977-80), appearing in 50 games with 19 starts. He caught 33 passes for 419 yards and two touchdowns. Samuels played six games during the’80 seasons with Tampa Bay.

Born on December 30, 1959 in Monroe, North Carolina was OL David Lutz. He was selected in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. Lutz played 10 seasons with the Chiefs (1983-92), appearing in 139 games with 123 starts. He played right tackle and right guard in his time with the Chiefs. Lutz finished his career with three seasons playing for the Lions.


15 Responses to “Chiefs Pro Bowl Streak Ends … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • December 30, 2009  - The Morning Fix | Arrowhead Addict | A Kansas City Chiefs blog says:

    [...] Chiefs Pro Bowl Streak Ends-Bob Gretz.com [...]


  • December 30, 2009  - ChiefGonzo says:

    I don’t even see why they name these teams anymore besides the fact a player gets to enlarge his ego to say he is a pro bowler. And it seems just retarded that it is a week ahead of the Super Bowl now.

    It already is a boring game to watch and listen to and now I imagine over half the guys named to either squad won’t even show up since they are either in the Super Bowl or tired and or injured from the previous grueling 17 weeks.


  • December 30, 2009  - el cid says:

    You forgot to mention, the money is chump change based on the salaries of most. And if you get hurt, you can end your career for basically nothing.

    Still the season has been so bad, it would of been nice to “think” we had a superior player somewhere with the Pioli/Haley Chiefs.


  • December 30, 2009  - Harold C. says:

    This seems to be the year of streaks ending for the Chiefs. I’m not that upset about the Pro Bowl. I just want a Chiefs win this week to knock Denver out of the Playoffs. Then I want our team to vastly improve for next year.


  • December 30, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    Pro bowl streak sucks, the black out sucks worse. We need fans in the seats making Arrowhead the loudest stadium again. It would also help give us some home field advantage again, because god knows we need all the help we can get.


  • December 30, 2009  - el cid says:

    goriffafan, got to tell you, I have been there for a long time, even before Marty. I am not sure I am up for this rebuild (whatever you call it). Maybe blogging and away games are enough. You just get worn down with actions you cannot understand or agree with. Just do not like Pioli/Haley, so maybe I am done. Time for someone else to purchase the tickets, maybe not. Not sure, not been a year to point to a better future.


  • December 30, 2009  - Jim Lloyd + says:

    Jon Gruden said that the only way a QB & WR’s really get to that higher level is in the amount of spring work that they do together .
    It’s like you can plant Rose bushes , but if you don’t feed- water- trim- dust them , ain’t much going to happen . Just have to pull ‘em & trash them . If you don’t do the Extra , you are not going to go to the top in today’s NFL !!
    Chiefs have three QB’s that have a lot of what it take’s , but they are not going to Bloom into anything , unless they have that Extra feeding – cond. – training that it take’s , fact of the way it is . This isn’t a new page in a new book , and if they don’t take the right step’s then , same sad fan’s next year .
    All three QB’s need a lot more mussel build , like about 20 lb’s , each …
    If they are wating for a guy with an “S” on the front of his jersey —– the place to go is out to the Cemetery and start blowing the horn’s at midnight , and if that dosen’t work ,then start pratice at 5am or so .


  • December 30, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    el cid,

    eventhough you dont like them doesnt mean you shouldnt give them a couple of years to try and turn it around. I HATED the herm the worm hirer, I never thought that he could do it and he didnt, but I still stuck by my cheifs and no i dont have season tickets, i do go to about 3-4 games a year since a live a few hours away and dont make an ass load of cash to go every single game. Its painfull, but I can see more of an upside at this time than I did at this time last year, so for me its improvement, I can see SOME, but its enough for me to stick with my team…and I’m sure I will anyway even if it gets worse


  • December 30, 2009  - Alexthe"GREAT" says:

    How can u say u see some progress when we’ve only won 1 more game then last year…ha! The only way Haley will look like a winner is when Herms’ draft picks get enough experience under thier belt and start dominating. Then gorillafan will probably say something along the lines of “Herm couldnt teach these kids and i’m glad Haley pushed them 2 thier potential”…news flash Herm didnt get anytyme 2!


  • December 30, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    No, herm didnt have the time that he needed, but he was there 3 times longer than haley/scott has.

    plus you guys have been negative since week 1!!!!

    you guys can give me shit for staying positive and being on tha band wagon all you want, I dont care.

    To me its seems as if you guys were HERM LOVERS and would give him 10 years to turn it around and then you guys dont give this regime 10 weeks……

    WTF?


  • December 30, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    WTF?

    You guys have been negative all season. After the first game or 2 you guys started dogging them. Why do you give herm more time and praise him and not give the new regime more than 3 weeks?

    I didnt like herm, I will admit that, Im glad hes gone. I do like the Pioli hire and im okay with the Haley hire. Im not affraid to admit that…..HOWEVER, I still gave herm the benefit of the doubt, and stood behind our team…

    I dont see why you guys are so fond of HERM THE WORM and dog this new head office so quickly..

    If you dont like Haley, just say it, admit it, and move on. But too be bashing them already to me is more annoying than my positve outlook that el cid seems to dislike so much…

    GO CHIEFS!!


  • December 30, 2009  - unknown says:

    if flowers had played all the games this year, he would be in the pro bowl, especially if he had held onto a few of those gimme dropped picks, but hes deflecting passes like no one else right now.


  • December 30, 2009  - alex k says:

    agreed on the bashing. I supported herm, he was fired, now I support Haley and Pioli…They are here to stay..


  • December 30, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    You have to forgive Alexthe”GREAT”. He’s just a disgruntled Herm lover. I guess he liked that impressive 15-33 record Herm piled up over three years as our head coach.

    Funny how Herm “didnt get anytyme 2″ in three years, but Haley is a bust after less than one year. Right Alex?


  • December 31, 2009  - Alexthe"GREAT" says:

    Pretty much sums it up Anon!




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