Antonio Garay (AFC) – What a season for the Nose
Tackle in San Diego. After former Pro Bowl Nose Tackle Jamal Williams left the
Chargers for Denver in the offseason, the Chargers needed someone to fill the
300+ pound void in the middle of their defense. Garay did an excellent job this
year for the Bolts. 5 sacks and clogging running lanes for opposing offenses is
all this Pro bowl snub did this season. The Chargers have definitely found their
Stephen Tulloch (AFC)
– What a year Tulloch turned in for the Tennessee Titans. Tulloch anchored
the Titans’ defense with 155 tackles on the season. I’ve always been an
advocate of tackles leaders, and why this guy was snubbed is beyond me. I think
if the Titans had made the playoffs Tulloch would have probably made the team.
Look for Tulloch to be back next season playing with a chip on his shoulder.
Champ Bailey (AFC) – While
Champ only made two interceptions this season, he struck fear in opposing
quarterbacks most of the season. Denver had a miserable season, but blame can’t
be placed on this future Hall of Famer. Being a Broncos fan myself, I watched
most of his games and saw players get stranded on his island regularly. Case in
point, Dwayne Bowe, who had a stellar season leading the receiving core for the
Chiefs, was held to zero catches when he faced off against Champ. Maybe I’m
wearing my blue and orange sun glasses, but I think Champ was the snub of the
Pro Bowl on the defensive side of the ball. He’ll be back before his career is
Eric Weddle (AFC) – When
looking at the AFC roster I realize only three safeties were selected. As I
stated before, I’m always high on a guy that lead his team in tackles (89).
Weddle lead the Chargers in tackle from the safety spot and is a team leader on
the defense. He tackles like a linebacker and seems to always be involved in
every play. It will be interesting to see
what the Chargers do with Weddle seeing how he will be an unrestricted free
agent after the season. I see a franchise tag in Weddle’s future.
I swear I’m not a closet Chargers fan, but when you have one
of the top defenses in the league and don’t have anyone representing you in the
Pro Bowl, you have to scratch you head a little.