I get it. I do. When a team struggles at the rate that the Buccaneers have this season - starting 2-0 to be 5-9 at this point - you get overlooked. When a team isn’t on the big stage or under the bright lights week in and week out, you get overlooked.
When people vote based on name recognition rather than actual production, good players get overlooked.
Now, the Buccaneers are without a Pro Bowl player for the first time since 2009.
You mean to tell me that Mike Evans, who has a career high in receiving yards with two games to spare, doesn’t deserve to get in?
You mean to tell me that Jason Pierre-Paul, who has 11.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and 19 quarterback hits doesn’t deserve to get in?
You mean to tell me that Ali Marpet, the man who has played at an elite level at three different offensive line positions in three years doesn’t deserve to go?
That’s where we are.
Lavonte David got snubbed as he always does, but 4-3 outside linebackers just don’t get the love that 3-4 outside linebackers do. They don’t put up the sacks or the quarterback hits so they don’t get the accolades and adulation. Don’t get it twisted - Lavonte deserves to be there, too.
Gerald McCoy, although not having a big year, had made six consecutive Pro Bowls. Being voted in this year would have tied the franchise record set by Warren Sapp with seven. Did he deserve it this year? Maybe not, but he’s been the one mainstay for the Bucs in that game for a long time.
That’s just how this season has been. A largely ignored team that has been a punchline since their red hot start, only making the headlines when it’s something negative - they’re only going to continue to be ignored.
Some of these guys will inevitably get in. With players ducking out due to injury or playing in the Super Bowl, the Bucs will inevitably be represented. But it shouldn’t have come to that.
That’s what happens when you do nothing but lose for the better part of the last decade, I guess.
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