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6 Days to Go to Cast Your Pro Bowl Ballot

Posted by Randy Lange on December 14, 2010 – 4:25 pm

Time is growing short, not only to secure a playoff berth but to nail down Pro Bowl berths. And Jets fans can still help their favorite players move into contention for berths on this year’s AFC squad.

The fan voting ends next Monday night, Dec. 20, at midnight. And the teams will be revealed in an NFL Network special on Tuesday night, Dec. 28.

The fan vote as you know by now is one-third of the total Pro Bowl vote, sharing weight with the votes by players and coaches around the league. But it’s an important third which could give a favorite player just the ballot-box recognition he needs to earn his first berth or his 10th as an NFL all-star. Click here to find your official 2010 Pro Bowl ballot.

Nick Mangold has been to two Pro Bowls already in his young career and he’s angling for No. 3, considering he’s second among AFC centers behind the Colts’ Jeff Saturday. LaDainian Tomlinson had secured the most votes among Jets players, almost 320,000. And the two super cover corners, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, were running 2 and 3 at CB behind only the Raiders’ Nnamdi Asomugha.

Needless to say, you shouldn’t vote for Jets players because they wear green and white on gamedays (although that’s perfectly legal) but rather because you think they’re the best players for the position. Here is a list of the Jets who are in the top five in the AFC at their positions, with their ranking and vote totals in parentheses, updated today on nfl.com.

OFFENSE

Running Back — LaDainian Tomlinson (5th, 362,893)

Fullback — Tony Richardson (4th, 109,397)

Tight Ends — Dustin Keller (5th, 145,949)

Tackles — D’Brickashaw Ferguson (4th, 173,773)

Centers — Nick Mangold (2nd, 213,538)

DEFENSE

Defensive Ends — Jason Taylor (5th, 85,809)

Defensive Tackles — Shaun Ellis (5th, 115,366)

Cornerbacks — Darrelle Revis (2nd, 239,542), Antonio Cromartie (3rd, 182,396)

QB Mark Sanchez and G Brandon Moore have fallen out of the top five at their positions in the past week. Also not in the top fives at their positions are such worthy candidates as ILB David Harris, KR/ST Brad Smith, WRs Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, P Steve Weatherford and kick-cover guy James Ihedigbo. Take your pick, check the boxes and help send a few of the Green & White to Hawaii for this year’s game.

Numbers Game I

One of the most stunning statistical wrinkles of these last two losses to AFC East foes is the split personality the Jets’ pass defense showed after the catch.

By my unofficial charting, the Jets gave up exactly 200 yards after the catch to the Patriots. Sound like a big number? It sure is. I’ve been tracking YAC for the Jets since the mid-Nineties and that is the most YAC allowed by the Jets in a game in that time.

Then flash ahead to the Dolphins. Yes, wet weather. But also yes, Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess, Anthony Fasano and Chad Henne, passing-game parts that have hurt the Jets in the past. And no YAC. Or more accurately, 9 yards after the catch on Miami’s five completions. Those 9 yards are the least a Jets opponent has gained since Game 6 of the 1995 season at Buffalo.

Many Green & White fans will remember that game well. It was the day Bruce Smith ripped past Everett McIver and rocked Boomer Esiason for a concussion. It was also a game dominated by Thurman Thomas and the Bills’ 220-yard ground game. As a result, Jim Kelly only completed nine passes for 101 yards, and only 7 of those yards came after the catch. But the Bills didn’t need the YAC in that 29-10 win. Ah, memories.

Numbers Game II

You never want to get in third-and-long, but it happens. And it also happens that sometimes offenses convert those bad boys. In fact, the Jets had any chance at all in their 10-6 loss to the Dolphins because they converted three third-and-13′s or longer. The last time the Jets could say that was in 2003, when the Vinny Testaverde-led offense did the same in the Game 2 win over the ‘Fins.

Mark Sanchez scrambled for one of those Sunday conversions and hit Jerricho Cotchery for the other two. J-Co’s conversions give him 14 chain-movers on third-and-11 or longer, the most by a Jets receiver since Wayne Chrebet had 21 such conversions through the end of his career in 2005.

Numbers Game III

OK, the stats are not all great at this crucial stretch in the season. The red zone continues to be a red wall for the Jets offense. For the season the offense has scored just 14 touchdowns on 38 drives inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, a 36.8 percent success rate that is 30th in the NFL.

But it’s been even less productive recently. From Game 5, the Nick Folk five-FG game vs. the Vikings, the Jets have cashed in just six TDs in 24 RZ trips, a 25 percent rate. This is the second-slowest nine-game stretch of red zone offense in the last 25 seasons, trailing only the 22.6 percent (7-for-31) rate from Games 6-14 of the 2007 season.

And that is just not good enough, especially when heading into Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers’ fourth-ranked red zone defense before the Heinz Field fanatics on Sunday.

Miami Soundtrack

For those of you who are interested — and we know you’re out there — here is a partial playlist from Sunday’s Jets-Dolphins game at New Meadowlands Stadium:

Forget You — Cee Lo Green

Here I Go Again — Whitesnake

Rock N Roll All Night — Kiss

MC Hammer — Rick Ross

Starlight — Muse

Lose Yourself — Eminem

Start Me Up — Rolling Stones

Just Like That — Bun B

Body Count — Fabolous

Bang Your Head — Quiet Riot

Amber — 311

Everything Zen — Bush

Are You Gonna Go My Way — Lenny Kravitz

No Love — Eminem

Can’t Be Touched — Roy Jones Jr.

Till I Collapse — Eminem

Now for Rock — Breaking Benjamin

In The End — Linkin Park

Numb/Encore — Jay Z, Linkin Park

Remember The Name — Fort Minor

Boom Boom Pow — Black Eyed Peas

Get It Started — Black Eyed Peas

Fight For Your Right — Beastie Boys

Bawitdaba – Kid Rock

The Pretender — Foo Fighters


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7 Responses to “6 Days to Go to Cast Your Pro Bowl Ballot”

  1. By wayne on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    As far as the Alosi thing is concerned, I’m glad he didnt lose his job,but it may now be too expensive to keep. He’s not the problem. Just a symptom The culture has to be changed because this has been building for a while and gets worse with each incident. What’s next? It started with the “finger” during the offseason…….There are no all pros on this team…..Go out and earn some respect……..Don’t tell us what you’re going to do……….And that starts with the HC.

  2. By Howie D on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    I appreciate every Jet who wears the jersey, but Brad Smith has been the most consistent and should be among our representatives at the Pro Bowl. Good things usually happen whenever he touches the ball. Too bad Schotty doesn’t know how to use him more effectively.

  3. By scjoe on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    Mark Sanchez 4th in pro bowl balloting? Are you sure that is correct Randy? Lets be honest, the only legitimate pro bowlers we have are Mangold and Revis, and maybe Harris and Brick. LT, is not a pro bowl player at this point in his career, nor is JT.

  4. By paul on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    In my opinion only maybe Comartie and Revis make a prowl bowl for the green and white. Our defense otherwise has been lack luster, and we all know of the woes of our offense and our offensive line. I have to agree the jets problems begin with our head coach, ultimatly he is responsible for his players and coaches, at least on game day anyway. Sal Alosi needs to go from amongst our ranks, If tannebaum and Rex Ryan can’t do it, then i’ve called on management to dismiss all three! As a 40 yr + Jet fan I am appalled at this team and its coaching. Count two more enpty seats at the new meadowlands stadium, my grandson and i will no longer be attending.

  5. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 14, 2010 | Reply

    FIND A PLAYER Worthy of a pro bowl I’ll vote for him ,not 1 player on this team has #’s enough even be considered as a pro bowl player thats a darn shame

  6. By Jets Fan Tom for a Long Time on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    Howie D, Smith should make the Pro Bowl as a KR but if he’d ever shown much promise as a Jet WR, we wouldn’t have gotten Holmes, Edwards, or even Turner. Obviously, Holmes would’ve been our most likely Pro Bowler if he’d played the whole yr and if Schotty or whoever replaces him can get any consistency out of MS next year, SH and Edwards are perennial PB candidates. This yr I think Revis, Cro (check THEIR #’s, MJV, they’re fantastic), Mangold, and maybe Harris have played well enough to make the PB, Keller had a shot too before Sanchez lost it and Schotty seemed to forget about him. But that’s about all I can work up to say about the PB, the Super Bowl of meaninglessness, in the face of a meltdown like this.

  7. By Jack's Tattoos on Dec 15, 2010 | Reply

    G Brandon Moore has been outstanding this year.
    C Nick Mangold has picked it up in the 2nd half.
    CB Revis has been his usual dominant self
    CB Cromartie is good enough to go but will he? Right now I have: G Moore, C Mangold, CB Revis.

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