Who Has Ticket To Hawaii? … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs

On Monday the Chiefs did their voting for spots on the 2011 AFC Pro Bowl team.

Under the rules, they were not allowed to vote for themselves or any of their teammates; they could only designate players from the 15 other teams in the conference.

Will anybody else in the conference, from New England to San Diego, Oakland to Miami, pencil in members of the Chiefs on the ballot?

It doesn’t look good. Last year there were five members of the Chiefs in Hawaii for the game, that coming after a 10-6 season with an AFC West title. The season before that they were 4-12 in 2009 and did not send a single player to the all-star game.

Too much of the Pro Bowl voting depends on the reputation of a player and the record of his team. It’s true when the fans vote. It’s true when the media votes. It’s true when the voting is done by the players and coaches – they don’t get it any more right than the fans.

When your team is 6-8 on the season, there is not going to be a lot of help making it to the Pro Bowl. That’s why the Chiefs contingent this year will not be as big as last year. But we do believe there will be a helmet with an arrowhead in the game on Sunday, January 29th in Honolulu. Their chances will be helped by the timing of the game, coming the weekend before the Super Bowl. That means players from the AFC champion will not be available. Generally, that would open six to eight spots.

Here’s a tip sheet and the chances for Chiefs players to make the AFC roster:

OLB Tamba Hali (4 to 1) – With his 12 sacks currently ranking him No. 2 in the AFC and his 14.5 sacks from last year that led the AFC, Hali should be in Hawaii. He would have gone last year as an injury replacement, but he too was injured at the end of the season and couldn’t play. There are a lot of bodies in play here for one of three OLB spots – Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs, Denver rookie Von Miller, Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley are all going to draw attention ahead of Hali.

ILB Derrick Johnson (4 to 1) – There’s no question that Johnson’s play over the past two seasons deserves recognition with a trip to Hawaii. The problem is there is generally one fewer spot on the defense for inside linebackers because the team is selected as a 4-3 defense, rather than the 3-4 scheme. Baltimore’s Ray Lewis has been anchored in that inside spot for years now, and guys like New England’s Jerod Mayo have gotten attention in recent seasons. Big names like San Diego’s Takeo Spikes and the N.Y. Jets’ Bart Scott are in the mix, as would be Scott’s teammate David Harris and the inside duo in Houston of Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans. This season D.J. has outplayed all of them, but that does not guarantee his ticket being punched to Hawaii, though it should.

CB Brandon Flowers (6 to 1) – When Nnamdi Asomugha left Oakland and went to the NFC, it opened a spot on the Pro Bowl roster for a cornerback. Flowers has been setting himself up for that opportunity over the last couple of seasons and he’s not disappointed this season. He’s got four interceptions, which ties him with the one automatic corner in the AFC – New York Jets’ Darrelle Revis. There are three CBs chosen and guys in the discussion will be Denver’s Champ Bailey, Baltimore’s Lardarius Webb and possibly the Chiefs other Brandon on the corner, Brandon Carr. He deserves consideration because his season has been as good as his teammates.

WR Dwayne Bowe (20 to 1) – A repeat trip to Hawaii doesn’t figure to happen for Bowe this year. He will top the 1,000-yard mark with two more games to get the 14 yards he needs. But last year he had 15 TD catches to lead the league. This year he has just four. New England’s Wes Welker is a lock, along with Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace. With three spots to fill, it comes down to San Diego’s Vincent Jackson, Miami’s Brandon Marshall, Cincinnati rookie A.J. Green and then Bowe; all of those receivers have had better seasons.

K Ryan Succop (100 to 1) – Kickers with offenses that score a lot of points are going to get the Hawaii trip because they get more opportunities for PATs and FGs. Among kickers in the AFC, Succop is ranked No. 11 right now with 84 points. He has one of the best FG percentages in the conference at 88 percent, but there are still three other kickers with better numbers. That group includes Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski and Mike Nugent in Cincinnati.

P Dustin Colquitt (100 to 1) – Like Succop, Colquitt is having a good year but there are others in the conference with more glittering numbers. Colquitt is eighth in the AFC in gross average at 45.7 yards and he’s tied for fifth in net average at 39.7 yards. Ahead of him in the stats and the Pro Bowl voting will be Oakland’s Shane Lechler, Miami’s Brandon Fields and Buffalo’s Brian Moorman.

3 Responses to “Who Has Ticket To Hawaii? … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • December 21, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    The picks above would have been who I would send. I’d like to see Carr go as well. For better and for worse he doesn’t get as much attention as Flowers and yet performs well game in and game out.

  • December 21, 2011  - ED J says:

    Hali should definately be there #2 in AFC I don’t what others guys are doing he’s #2 in sacks in conference. DJ definately should go Ray Lewis been hurt all yr. Jarod Mayo please he shouldn’t be near pro bowl on worst defense in the league. Flowers should go for sure. As for Bowe he’s bubble guy needs to have a breakout game Saturday to get his ticket punched.

  • December 21, 2011  - el cid says:

    Hali and DJ deserve consideration but probably only get one. The rest are ok or what?, injuries might raise their stock.

    Another site is saying Iowa HC Ferentz is staying in college. Also that leaves Crennel and McDaniel as Pioli’s top candidates. Also 610AM’s report Fisher was the guy, well let’s say Pioli has no interest in the “elite” level HCs. If this is true, Pioli is not going to do his due diligence but repeat the Haley experiment.

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