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December 27, 2012

Rivera upset about team's Pro Bowl snub

A day after none of his players was selected for the Pro Bowl, Panthers coach Ron Rivera was still upset at the perceived snub. The Panthers were one of eight teams without a player chosen for Hawaii, and Rivera thinks his team's slow start played a part.

“I'm disappointed for those guys, very much so,” Rivera said Thursday. “But I understand because of our circumstances earlier in the year. But it doesn't make it right or fair.”

None of the eight teams without a Pro Bowl representative has a winning record. However, Kansas City – tied with Jacksonville for the worst record in the league at 2-13 – placed five players on the AFC roster.

Panthers rookie Luke Kuechly is the fourth alternate at inside linebacker, where San Francisco teammates NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis were voted the starters.

Kuechly leads the league with 151 tackles. Arizona's Daryl Washington, one of the linebacker alternates ahead of Kuechly, has nine sacks. Kuechly, who has two interceptions, said interceptions and sacks seem to draw more attention that tackles.

“Those are big impact plays,” Kuechly said. “It's a little bit different if you make a tackle in the flat or something. Maybe that helped out a little bit.”

Rivera believes defensive ends Greg Hardy (11) and Charles Johnson (10.5), who have combined for 21.5 sacks, also are deserving.

“They could be taken votes away from each other, as well,” Rivera said. “It's a great tandem. It's the first time in a long time since we've had two guys in double-digits (sacks).”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM | Permalink


Who cares, Pro Bowl is over rated!!!! Stay healthy boys and come back stronger next year. Finally have bookend DE's!!

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Dec 27, 2012 4:23:25 PM

I believe smith was snubbed as well.

Posted by: Stating the obvious | Dec 27, 2012 5:02:12 PM

If they going to keep the pro bowl, they need to start at the beginning of the season, not the end of the season. Not play to get hurt just play to get the season ready

Posted by: Bruce | Dec 27, 2012 6:19:15 PM

I like Bruce's idea. Instead of a 4 week preseason have the pro bowl and a 2 week preseason. Do the Pro bowl on the Hall of Fame weekend.

Posted by: Shawn "Thats my name" Gibson | Dec 27, 2012 7:50:29 PM

"taken votes away from each other"?
Ven-ga Hom-bre!

Posted by: john solis | Dec 27, 2012 10:26:42 PM

@Stating the obvious - Steve Smith didn't deserve to go to the Pro Bowl, he isn't even in the Top 5 of receivers.. Don't be a homer.

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Dec 28, 2012 12:55:12 AM

The Pro Bowl is in it's last year any way, and is the worst of all the all-star events.
Who wouldn't want to go to Hawaii for a week, but the game is always horrible, because nobody wants to get hurt in a meaningless farce. Just name the team and give them a free vacation to Hawaii or any other USA state and that's that. Kuechley, Hardy, and Johnson definitely desevered be alternates at least.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Dec 28, 2012 12:56:32 AM

@Shawn - you said, "Do the Pro bowl on the Hall of Fame weekend". You do know the HOF weekend, is aprox August 4th weekend every year. NFL rosters are not even set on that day..Not a good idea, since none of the players would take the chance of getting hurt weeks before the 53 man roster is set.

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Dec 28, 2012 12:58:34 AM

The joke that is the "Pro bowl" continues. When a team like KC sends more guys to the Pro bowl than they have wins for the season... those guys should man-up and respectfully decline the invitation. Far from being an honor, sending 5 guys when you are 2-13 should be embarassing! Add to it that just weeks after the Belcher incident a Chief's Assistant Coach was arrested for DUI on Christmas Eve and this is hardly a team that warrants sending guys to the Pro Bowl while better, more deserving guys sit home.

Posted by: John | Dec 28, 2012 9:37:01 AM

Just my opinion but the Observer should get someone else to write up the Pro Bowl related blogs. Joe Person doesn't even know the names of the players that made the team, as evidenced by his Paul-Pierre comment in his previous submission.

T-minus 30 seconds and counting until this post gets deleted by Joe, if he's paying attention today...

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Dec 28, 2012 10:09:06 AM

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