February 15, 2013
4 Members of the 49ers Make the USA Today’s All-Joe Team and More NFC West News
If you haven’t heard of USA Today Sports’ All-Joe team, you have been missing out for the last 20 seasons. This year’s team marks the 21st consecutive year in which the newspaper and online publication selected at least one player from every team that has not been named to a Pro Bowl.
Considering San Francisco has sent nine different players to the Pro Bowl since 2011, the pickings for the 49ers were slim. Yet that didn’t stop both quarterbacks, one offensive lineman and one wide receiver from making the team.
Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith were backups to Joe Flacco, while right tackle Anthony Davis was a starter on the right side of the line. Wideout Michael Crabtree didn’t get the starting nod over Dez Bryant and Randall Cobb, which was a bit surprising to say the least.
Not one member of Vic Fangio’s defense made an appearance on this list, but that’s easy to see given the fact it seems like every starter on defense has enjoyed going to Hawaii at one point during his career. One player who I thought was snubbed was outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks.
He arguably had a better season than every player listed ahead of him. Vontaze Burfict,
Lavonte David, Thomas Davis and Wesley Woodyard all had good seasons, yet I didn’t feel that they made an impact the way Brooks’ did.
It’s also worth mentioning that the author of this article, Nate Davis, tagged Smith the team’s captain. Davis felt that the former No. 1 overall pick earned it because of the way he handled the midseason quarterback switch.
Let’s not forget that No. 11 had some impressive games of his own before getting hurt. Without question he was on pace to have a career year and maybe he still can going forward. It just won’t be in the Bay Area; it will be with a team that is in dire need of his services.
All in all, the list did a great job representing players who don’t have the honor of being named to a Pro Bowl. Based on a few of the names I saw on the list, it’s easy to realize the whole voting process is flawed at certain positions. Plenty of the non Pro Bowlers should have been Pro Bowlers either this year or in years past.
In other NFC West news:
Andrew Nordmeier of Bleacher Report breaks down the Arizona Cardinals salary cap situation.
Dylan DeSimone of Niners Nation tells us the top-five things 49er fans should look forward to during the offseason.
Phil G of Bleacher Report examines scouting combine prospects that fit the 49ers’ biggest draft needs.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the clock is ticking on Steven Jackson and his decision about his future in St. Louis.
Chris Trapasso of Bleacher Report begs the question, can Steven Jackson still bulldoze the competition?
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