The number-crunchers at Pro Football Focus (and that term is a compliment in our book) have updated their Pro Bowl selections, just days before the actual teams will be announced by the NFL, and the NFC list includes one Buccaneer on each side of the ball.
This can be a touchy subject in the locker room, or even here in the Captain’s Blog. Coaches are loathe to identify which of their players they believe are Pro Bowl-worthy because they don’t want to single one man out over another. Players feel the same way about the teammates in their locker room, and even pointing out the impressive numbers of say, a Doug Martin here in the Captain’s Blog, could be seen as unfair to those performers whose good deeds aren’t as strictly tied to the stat tables.
That’s not a problem over at PFF, where each week they evaluate the play of every player in the league using an in-depth grading system that is as objective as they can make it. Those grades then form the basis for a number of weekly and seasonal rankings, including the site’s frequently-updated analysis of what players should be going to the Pro Bowl in each conference.
If fan votes, NFL coaches and players see it the same was as PFF, the Bucs’ offense will be represented in Honolulu by WR Vincent Jackson and the defense will have Gerald McCoy to carry its torch. Continue reading