As you probably already know by now, Panthers CB Chris Gamble was not selected to the Pro Bowl, despite having a Pro Bowl caliber season (and one of his better seasons as a Panther). In fact, he wasn't even selected to be an alternate. Yeah, you read that right: Gamble isn't even an alternate.
If anyone figures out why Gamble isn't even mentioned as one of the alternates (much less a starter) for the Pro Bowl, please let me know so I can understand it too.
If you're like me and are shaking your head in disgust at Gamble's snubbing, then you can take comfort in the fact that the guys at Pro Football Focus also believe that Gamble should represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
The following is a snippet from their article about players who shouldn't have made the Pro Bowl:
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PFF Rating: -2.2 (Woodson) and +4.4 (Tillman)
PFF Conference Ranking: 18th and 8th
Analysis: Woodson is a lot of things to the Green Bay Packers, but he’s not even their top cover corner. He’s now just the kind of difference maker that can be a liability in coverage, as evidenced by the nine penalties given up along with the 566 yards. Tillman is up at the 841 yard mark on the season and while he’s had some great moments (notably the second encounter with Detroit) he hasn’t consistently dominated the opposition as many would have you believe. Instead guys likeand Chris Gamble have made plays and allowed less than 45% of balls thrown their way to be complete. There really isn’t a comparison.
Key Fact: Chris Gamble has allowed just 284 yards all year.
See, the guys at PFF get it...why can't anyone else?
Oh well, maybe next year Gamble will finally get some of the recognition he deserves.
What do you think Panthers fans? Do Charles Woodson and Charles Tillman deserve to be in the Pro Bowl over Chris Gamble? Let's hear it...