The NFL has announced the results of fan voting for the 2013 Pro Bowl, and six Ravens finished at the top of their respective categories. Only the Green Bay Packers had as many players that can say the same.
On offense, Michael Oher and Vonta Leach led their categories, while Haloti Ngata, Ed Reed, and Bernard Pollard held down the defensive side of the ball. In addition, Jacoby Jones won the fan vote as a kick returner.
Ravens fans will of course scoff at Oher (and to a lesser extent, Reed and Ngata) being an “all-star” here in 2012. He has been extremely poor as a left tackle, and has been responsible for several strip-sacks of quarterback Joe Flacco, allowing speed rushers to simply run by him to the quarterback.
Fans in Baltimore are clamoring for Bryant McKinnie to replace Oher on the left side for the remainder of the season, so that should tell you just how Pro Bowl-worthy the former Ole Miss Rebel really is. However, fans all over the world vote for the Pro Bowl, and everyone knows Michael as “The Blind Side guy.” Due to that, no amount of poor play on his part will get that image out of the heads of casual fans.
We all know that the Pro Bowl fan vote is nothing more than a big popularity contest, and Oher had a damn book/movie written about him – he wins the contest. As further evidence, he was second overall among offensive linemen in total votes, finishing behind only Jeff Saturday of Green Bay.
I didn’t mean for this to turn into an Oher-bashing session; he’s a good player – as a right tackle.
Anyway, congratulations to all six Ravens for winning the Pro Bowl fan vote!
The Pro Bowl rosters take into account 1/3 fan vote, 1/3 coaches’ vote, and 1/3 player vote. So none of these players are official “Pro Bowlers” just yet.
Hopefully the team will start playing like one that has six Pro Bowlers starting, and will get hot down the stretch so these six guys will all be taking Pro Bowl weekend off to prepare for Super Bowl Sunday.