Did Pro Bowl voters stick it to the Falcons?

Tony Gonzalez dunks after a touchdown against Chicago.

Tony Gonzalez dunks after a touchdown against Chicago.

THE BRANCH – Were the Falcons robbed in the NFC “Chicago Style” Pro Bowl voting?

Yes.

At the very least, tight end Tony Gonzalez should have made it. You can make cases for  wide receiver Roddy White, linebackers Curtis Lofton and Michael Peterson and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux.

Free safety Thomas DeCoud, who knocked three players out of games with his big-hitting, turned in a good season and has to be the next season’s “Pro Bowl Watch List.”

Got a couple of theories on what happened:

  1. Winning helps. The Falcons are 8-7 and only overpowered one team this season, San Francisco.
  2. The offense and defense are not ranked in the top half of the league. The offense is ranked 17th overall and the defense is ranked 23rd. The Falcons are 12th in the all important points category (22.9) and tied for 10th in turnover differential at plus-4.
  3. The Falcons were under-whelming in their prime time television games. They beat the Bears 21-14 on Sunday night, but didn’t rack up many style points. They lost to the Saints on Monday Night in a thrilling 35-27 game, but you never sensed that had control of that game.
  4. Fill in your theory right here!

97 comments Add your comment

Brian

December 30th, 2009
10:21 am

Tony Gonzalez was robbed!!!! 10 consecative Pro Bowls and now that he wearing a Falcons uniform he is suddenly not worthy of the pro bowl???!!! Really??!!?! Willis and Witten were better this year??

Joseph

December 30th, 2009
10:44 am

It is typical. All it takes is to watch the games. The refs allow our opponents to play tighter coverage on our receivers but don’t even think about allowing our defenders to do the same. Example, in the first Saints game, Roddy White was “tackled” in the endzone with the ball in the air and he still almost caught the pass and of course no flag was thrown, but then Mike Peterson and Reggie Bush both jump up for a pass well over both of their heads and because they bumped into each other, a flag was thrown and the Saints are given a first down. The Falcons are doing all they can and do not deserve the snubs.

DK

December 30th, 2009
10:46 am

The final selection must have been made by NFL referees because this call seems as good as the many “fair calls” the Falcons have received from the refs in 2009.

I think we need new uniforms because it’s obvious that refs can’t see when a red jersey is being held and interfered with.

Row 3

December 30th, 2009
10:46 am

Tony deserves the Pro Bowl. His catches are on pace with what he’s always averaged. Holy Cow, he made it ten times as a Chief. No respect was shown to Tony or the Falcons. Tony, you are All-Pro to the Falcons fans.

No Pro Bowl

December 30th, 2009
10:49 am

Curtis Lofton or Ovie should have made the cut this year. Second year Lofton has one of the most tackels in the league and Ovie has been such a big blocker, defenses have to adjust to him to stop our running game. There was a lot of competition for tight end with Celek not making it either. In this league if you don”t make the playoffs, you wont go to the Pro Bowl. Abraham got 16.5 sacks last year and didn’t go, so it’s all just a popularity contest. Too bad for Gonzo, but their will be more football to play next year. Soon people will remember the Falcons.

DK

December 30th, 2009
10:51 am

Joseph – I couldn’t see your post when I wrote my comments and I wondered how my comments would be received as it was a bit off topic. Your post assures me that I’m not the only one who has noticed. I understand that all teams get bad calls from time to time but the Falcons received so many this year that one must wonder if the NFL has some beef with us.

Brendan

December 30th, 2009
10:58 am

How can you say Tony Gonzalez was robbed when he wasn’t even the THIRD best TE in the NFC?

* Jason Witten: 88 catches, 954 yards and one TD.
* Vernon Davis: 72 catches, 876 yards and 12 TDs
* Tony Gonzalez: 80 catches, 837 yards and six TDs.
* Brent Celek: 69 ctaches, 875 yards and 8 TDs.

Celek had more TDs and more yards in fewer attempts. The Pro Bowl got it right on Davis and Witten.

FalcTech

December 30th, 2009
10:59 am

At a minimum Tony was robbed but I think Lofton should have made it as well. To he)) with the Pro Bowl, give me 9 wins this season!!!!!

PMC

December 30th, 2009
11:04 am

Gonzo has 5 more TD’s and more 1st down conversions than Witten.

Celek has 7 more TD’s than Witten, but Witten does have 88 catches.

I’m disapointed for Gonzo and Celek…obviously the fans in Dallas stuffed the ballot box… but there are only so many slots. Shancoe has 10 TD’s on the year. That’s definately pro bowl caliber as well.

lgd

December 30th, 2009
11:05 am

witten scored six points gonzalez scored sixty I thought points were counted at the end the game

PMC

December 30th, 2009
11:09 am

Roddy White is the biggest snub of the year. He should be in over Sidney Rice at least.

lgd

December 30th, 2009
11:10 am

PMC

December 30th, 2009
11:21 am

Lofton has had a great year, but it’s hard for me to put him in over Willis and Vilma is deserving if only for the huge plays he made against us.

I think Roddy with his 1100 or so yards and 10 TD’s through 15 games is the biggest snub, not that Sidney Rice is undeserving, he’s been awesome especially that catch on MNF last week… but Roddy should be going to the Pro Bowl.

Jason

December 30th, 2009
11:21 am

We overpowered Washington and Buffalo too, for whatever that’s worth.

Babineaux leads all DTs in sacks. Roddy is top 3-5 in the NFC for every major stat.

Diego

December 30th, 2009
11:31 am

Win and you’re (they’re) in.

I’m a fan (after another teams’s)but the Falcon’s didn’t win big, their offense was anemic, defense (secondary, mostly) atrocious. Yes, Gonzalez was the only one worthy, but when the other factor’s come into play – no one was going to go.

This team never won big, never did anything beyond the norm and was never talked about around the league. Case closed.

Falcons of 2009 should focus on the only thing that matters now: getting that consecutive winning season. Good Luck next year.

Resign or Resign?

December 30th, 2009
11:56 am

There’s more to being a tight end than catching passes. I’m not saying it’s so about TG, but maybe players and coaches put more emphasis on blocking than fans (TG had the most fan votes). There is also more to being a DT than sacks, etc.
DOL, I think you make a good point about the Falcon’s performance in prime-time games and, right or wrong, this is all some voters have to go by. For the coaches and players on teams that do not play the Falcons, this may be their only opportunity to see them. Plus lack of highlights on ESPN
& NFL net.
I think that Gonzales & Lofton deserved the Pro Bowl. I still do not think that RWhite is an “elite,#1″ receiver and Babs effort against the run is sometimes lacking. I don’t understand your mention of MPeterson; there are plenty of better olbs. JMHO.
We are all disappointed that no Falcons were picked, but as other posters have said, it’s hard to argue with the selections; i.e Vilma & Willis vs. Lofton.

Resign or Resign?

December 30th, 2009
11:58 am

MV#777: WTH does your comment have to do with this post?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 30th, 2009
12:10 pm

Let’s stay on the topic today.

John

December 30th, 2009
12:14 pm

This is a reflection of the Falcon fans, not TGs play.

While a Chief, TG would get plenty of votes from the Chiefs fans and votes from the AFC west teams that they faced. That did not happen. The Chiefs were 2-14 last year, but TG still went to the pro bowl. His numbers were okay. The fans failed to vote. The city of Atlanta is to blame for this.

BullDawg Mike

December 30th, 2009
12:15 pm

Leaving T.Gonzales off the pro-bowl list is a slap in the face to the Falcon organization. But no one should be surprised about it. It’s not like this hasn’t happened to Atlanta players before …right?

Tommy

December 30th, 2009
12:26 pm

You can make a case for a couple TEs going ahead of Gonzalez, but White was robbed. He should have walked in with this solid season and two previous 1,000-yard seasons.

Maybe it will tick them off and they’ll beat Tampa 38-7 this weekend.

Bill

December 30th, 2009
12:33 pm

The pro bowl is a joke from the fan voting to the actual game.

They have the fans vote in an attempt to interest them in the game. Yet, it doesn’t work.
They move the pro bowl to the week before the Super Bowl to try to force us to watch it, it will not work.

No one wants to see football at half speed where nobody hits.

I don’t care who got snubbed; it’s not like anyone was going to play or watch this turd of a game.

Cheese Gritz Blitz

December 30th, 2009
12:35 pm

I guess it really is win or go home this year.

Timbo

December 30th, 2009
12:47 pm

The Pro Bowl is ALMOST as meaningless as back to back winning seasons. At least with the Pro Bowl, some Falcons would have had post-season action . . .

midnite

December 30th, 2009
12:52 pm

Dude, whats meaningless about back to back winning seasons? Can you expand on that comment? Obviously you are not a long suffering Falcons fan.

Joseph

December 30th, 2009
12:53 pm

It is true that the fans have to vote in order to get their favorites into the pro bowl; however, there should always be a reliable method to allow a players “play” to speak for itself, that is unless you play for Atlanta. Thanks DK I am always amazed how it seems as though the Falcons seem to get jobbed by the refs on a regular basis. I do think the team is headed in the right direction and who cares if Matty Ice isn’t the next Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning wasn’t even todays Peyton Manning for the first three years. I think in the end Matty Ice will be every bit as good as Peyton and Eli.

bdawg

December 30th, 2009
12:54 pm

not that it matters but im pretty sure we overpowered the bills.

Falcons are Pros

December 30th, 2009
1:02 pm

i agree Roddy white should have made it.

FoxNoise.net

December 30th, 2009
1:09 pm

The reason why the Falcons were shut out of the Pro Bowl is because their fans didn’t support them with enough votes – but Atlanta has always been a horrible sports town.

Falcons are Pros

December 30th, 2009
1:14 pm

You have to win year in and year out in the NFL For a teams players to be noticed.The Falcons have not done that.Maybe we are on the right track now,lets hope so.

Falcon 1993

December 30th, 2009
1:14 pm

Im really disapoited with no curtis lofton. He is an elite tackler.

ernisTbass

December 30th, 2009
1:26 pm

The poor performance on prime time hit the nail on the head. Who had heard of DonkeyKong Sue before he almost beat Texas by himself on prime time. Next thing you know he is King Kong. Not that he doesn’t deserve the attention, but the love wasn’t there nationally until that game.

bigstack19

December 30th, 2009
1:52 pm

I think Lofton not making it is a bigger rip than Gonzalez, but they both should have been there. The Pro Bowl is a joke anyway.There are no Bengals on the roster even though they just won their division. The NFL promotes the teams it thinks will get ratings. That is why the Bears had 5 Prime Time games this year despite the fact they were coming off a season where they failed to make the playoffs and lost to Atlanta who made the playoffs and only got 3. The NFL and the people who cover it have seemed to always have a bias against Atlanta. If Claude Humphrey, Jeff van Note, Mike Kenn, Tommy Nobis, and Jessie Tuggle played their careers in Dallas they would have been in the Hall of Fame by now, but because they played in Atlanta their names never get mentioned. Winning would go a long way to changing that perception. Does anyone think Andre Tippett would be in the Hall of Fame if the Pats hadn’t won three Super Bowls recently?

PMC

December 30th, 2009
1:54 pm

Tony G was pretty high in the fan voting I believe.

Jason Witten’s one TD as a starter is embarassing.

Shiancoe had 10 TD’s. Celek 6 or 7.

Any of those 3 could have been taken over Witten’s 82 catches and 1082 yards. Yeah that’s impressive, but they ignored him in the red zone.

UpperDeck4LIFE

December 30th, 2009
1:57 pm

**John** you do realize that TG led the TE position in fan voting? Unfortunately that is only 1/3 of the voting, the other is coaches (1/3) and players (1/3). So Atlanta and its fans voting or not voting had nothing to do with TG not getting in. He was the leading vote getter heading into the players and coaches tallies.

GINA

December 30th, 2009
2:00 pm

Tony G was voted to 10 straight ProBowls until this season. That’s a shame.

Falcons are Pros

December 30th, 2009
2:18 pm

Maybe with back to back winning seasons the voters will reconize the play of the Falcons in the future.

mike

December 30th, 2009
2:20 pm

UpperDeck4Life: shows why the fans vote is only 1/3. Witten not only caught a lot of passes, but is the best blocking TE in the league. Davis was the main man in San Francisco. Only 2 TE’s get to go, and TG was not one of the 2 best TE’s in the NFC this year The NFC has much better TE’s than the AFC, and TG would not have made the AFC either, behind Gates and Clark, and if Owen Daniels didn’t get hurt, him, too. Stop being such a homer.

Enz

December 30th, 2009
2:23 pm

Tony G, Roddy, and Lofton probably should have made it. It’s an overall joke but until we go out and get some shutdown defenders and a premier OT (and move Baker to guard), to make us prime time players we’ll be out of the playoffs again next year.

Enz

December 30th, 2009
2:24 pm

p.s. Vernon Davis HAD to be a lock this year. He played out of his mind.

nash

December 30th, 2009
2:26 pm

Rice is a great player but he’s in with the Bret farve crowd so that fot him in. Gonzo, White and, Lofton should all have made it at least as alternets and beleive it or not Grimes is one of the best cover sorners in the Nfl its just that he is to small for most rec but he never gets burned see him and decoud in the pro bowl next year

Free Mike Vick

December 30th, 2009
2:37 pm

It’s punishment for turning their backs on Vick. HAHAHAHAHAHA

Duecy D

December 30th, 2009
2:39 pm

So it’s only about stats and not how valuable you are as a team member, Gonzales was robbed. He was clearly the best TE in the NFC south.

JSS

December 30th, 2009
2:43 pm

Mr. Ledbetter, I respect you; nevertheless you need to end this attempt to keep leading grown people by the nose regarding their comments. I’m sorry if that sounds offensive, however, it they are profane or just darn insulting, stay out of it…

I never thought the day would come when I’d agree with “Brendan;” but he hit the nail on the head. Gonzalez is the best player on a run of the mill team this season. Davis is a touchdown waiting to happen. My goodness, the man makes plays with Alex Smith and that NFL Europe reject throwing balls to him. The Kid in Philly was the one that was robbed. On a serious note, you lost me when you mentioned DeCoud as a Pro Bowler in waiting… Call me when he learns to get deeper than the long receiver in a zone defense…

Vick Supporter

December 30th, 2009
2:45 pm

Not one single player from the Falcons deserved to make the pro bowl

Reid Adair

December 30th, 2009
3:05 pm

D Led, I don’t think you can blame it on record or TV performances when you consider Vernon Davis (SF is 7-8 and lost to the Falcons) is the starter at tight end for the NFC.

Roddy White’s numbers should have merited a strong look as well.

fan

December 30th, 2009
3:35 pm

peta have a team play on it

Decatur

December 30th, 2009
3:44 pm

Gonzalez was robbed! Gonzalez was robbed! Gonzalez was robbed!

Bill

December 30th, 2009
4:15 pm

It’s all political BS………….Gonzalez should have won plus White and Lofton.
Its like the Golden Glove Awards ….it just goes to the stars, not by the fielding average.

SOUTH GA BIRD FAN

December 30th, 2009
4:41 pm

TG was robbed as was Roddy its a shame that a first ballot HOF player that is still at the top of his game was snubbed