2014 Pro Bowl: Breaking Down the NFC All-Stars
Yesterday we gave you the AFC All-Star Team, so now it’s only fair that we give you the all-stars from the NFC before the conferences get all jumbled up this weekend at the Pro Bowl.
QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans – It was just another 5,000 yard season for Brees, complete with 39 touchdown passes, a distant second in the NFL to Peyton Manning.
RB: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia – McCoy seems to be a good fit for Chip Kelly’s offense, as he ran away with the NFL rushing title and was arguably the most dangerous playmaker in the league this season.
RB: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle – This was a tough call, as there were three or four other deserving backs in the NFC, but Lynch gets the nod for tying Jamaal Charles with the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL at 12.
WR: Calvin Johnson, Detroit – This guy was absolutely incredible and is probably the best receiver in the game today.
WR: Alshon Jeffery, Chicago – Jeffery is an emerging star and he earned this spot ahead of several other established stars.
TE: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans – He’s still the best tight end in the game and a matchup nightmare for just about every defense in the NFL.
OT: Jason Peters, Philadelphia – The Eagles had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and Peters was a huge reason why.
OT: Joe Staley, San Francisco – Staley got the job down all year, helping pave the way for one of the top rushing attacks in the NFL.
OG: Evan Mathis, Philadelphia – Chip Kelly’s offense doesn’t work without good protection, and Mathis and company made sure Nick Foles had all the time he needed.
OG: Jahri Evans, New Orleans – The veteran does everything the right way and is one of the top guards in the NFL.
C: Ryan Kalil, Carolina – Few teams ran the ball better than the Panthers this season, and Kalil deserves a great deal of credit for that.
DE: Greg Hardy, Carolina – The Panthers didn’t blitz much this year, and they didn’t have to with Hardy collecting 15 sacks on the season.
DE: Robert Quinn, St. Louis – The Rams had one of the best pass rushes in NFL, led by the 19 sacks they got from Quinn.
DT: Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay – There wasn’t a lot to like about the Bucs this year, but McCoy was definitely a silver lining to their season, with nine sacks from the interior of the line.
DT: Jason Hatcher, Dallas – Hatcher was on a bad defense, but his 11 sacks are too much to ignore.
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco – Just about all the linebackers on the 49ers could be on this team, so let’s just say that Brooks represents of the rest of the unit.
OLB: John Abraham, Arizona – The old man is far from over the hill with 11.5 sacks this season at the age of 35, and that deserves some recognition.
MLB: Luke Kuechly, Carolina – It’s hard to deny NaVorro Bowman a spot, but it’s even harder to deny that Kuechly is the best middle linebacker in the league right now.
CB: Richard Sherman, Seattle – They don’t get much better than Sherman at the cornerback position, who is one of the premier defensive backs in the NFL.
CB: Patrick Peterson, Arizona – Peterson may not be there yet, but he is a legitimate contender for the title of best cornerback in the league.
FS: Earl Thomas, Seattle – Thomas anchors one of the best secondary’s in the NFL, helping the Seahawks lead the league in takeaways this season.
SS: Antrel Rolle, New York Giants – There was a lot of competition for this spot, but Rolle was second in the NFL with six interceptions and had a great season, even on a defense that struggled at times.