This morning over a cup of Joe I jotted down Ravens players who I thought would be heading to Hawaii in February to participate in the 2007 Pro Bowl. I broke the list down into the following categories while trying to be as objective as possible: 1) Stone cold lock to go; 2) Should go; 3) Shouldn’t go but probably will based upon reputation; 4) Should go but probably won’t based upon some other players’ reputations.
Here’s the way the list looked:
1. Stone cold lock: Jonathan Ogden, Adalius Thomas, Trevor Pryce, Gary Stills
2. Should go: Bart Scott, Todd Heap, Terrell Suggs, Chris McAlister
3. Shouldn’t go but probably will: Ed Reed and Ray Lewis
4. Should go but won’t: Kelly Gregg, Matt Stover
The confirmed list that you’ve by now already heard includes: JO, AD, Suggs, Cmac and Reed. Heap, Lewis, Stills and Stover are all alternates. I am shocked that Pryce and Stills didn’t even make the team. Just as shocked that neither Pryce nor Bart Scott made it as mere alternates.
Ed Reed has had a poor season considering he is the highest paid player at his position and I genuinely believe he went on reputation, just as JO did last year. That can jump up and bite players at times. It did last year for AD and this year he’s in. It did this year for Kelly Gregg and Bart Scott, both having better seasons than players chosen ahead of them as starters, reserves or alternates.
But let’s look for the silver lining in this. I think the snubs will serve to further galvanize the locker room. Those selected will be upset by the deserved not chosen. It will sharpen that chip on the team’s collective shoulder and they’ll let the snubbing inspire them even more.
Just like being a 3 point dog to a team that they dominated 4 weeks ago will…
Never mess around with the junk yard dog. It has a nasty bite.
And in Baltimore, there’s plenty of dogs in the Ravens‘ house. Just ask the Pro Bowl voters and odds makers.