Congratulations to both Antonio Brown and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers who were voted to the Pro Bowl this evening. Brown was about as sure a bet as anyone could get and while Polamalu made some significant plays this season I’m not sure he’s worthy of the honor. I know, how dare I bash Troy Polamalu right?
I’m not bashing him one bit. In fact I have high praise for the guy who played about as much inside linebacker as he did is normal position of safety.
My feeling is that while Polamalu made some huge plays and does have a serious effect on how a team prepares for the Steelers, he also was burned a lot in coverage in 2013. He can’t be isolated when the rest of the secondary has been under scrutiny all season.
I still believe he had a fine season, but was it truly better than other guys at his position?
If there were a major snub it had to be that of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. I can buy that he had a rough start to the year with some turnovers but since that 0-4 stretch you easily could argue he has carried this team on his back.
I certainly don’t blame him for the team not switching to the no-huddle offense sooner during this frustrating season. That’s on Todd Haley and to another extent Mike Tomlin.
Personally, I don’t think Roethlisberger will lose any sleep over this. He was left out the Pro Bowl for the same reasons that keep him off of all the NFL promos and that keep him out of the discussion of who the ‘elite’ quarterbacks are.
It’s a sad but true reality but I think Ben is more interested in getting back to the Super Bowl than he is in going to the Pro Bowl.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.