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Pro Bowl vote has Eagles stunned

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  1. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    ZQNERS: This concerns me......Westbrook upset and going out for those little screens/swing passes which we seem to not know how to cover?

    Thoughts?

    :bang2:

    Pro Bowl vote has Eagles stunned

    Brian Westbrook's omission detracts from a great honor for Brian Dawkins, Shawn Andrews and Lito Sheppard.
    By Bob Brookover
    Inquirer Staff Writer
    If Andy Reid was right, the Pro Bowl voters missed on a slam dunk yesterday.

    Eagles running back Brian Westbrook was not among the players chosen to represent the NFC in the Feb. 10 Pro Bowl in Hawaii, and the three Eagles who will represent the team were disappointed by the decision.

    Safety Brian Dawkins, cornerback Lito Sheppard, and offensive guard Shawn Andrews expressed disbelief over Westbrook's omission. Dawkins, who will make his sixth Pro Bowl appearance, was the most outspoken.

    "When I heard the announcement and he didn't make it, that was a huge shock to me," Dawkins said. "Because knowing what this cat means to this team and this offense... . Rushing yards may not be up there with some of those other guys, but I'll tell you what, I'll take this cat over those guys any day. He does so many things for this team, and he causes so many matchup problems for the opposing team."

    Westbrook was chosen as a first alternate.

    San Francisco's Frank Gore, the New York Giants' Tiki Barber, and St. Louis' Steven Jackson were chosen as the NFC's running backs. All three have more rushing yards and more yards from scrimmage than Westbrook, but the Eagles' top runner is averaging more yards per carry and more yards per rush than them. Westbrook, with 11 touchdowns, is second among NFC running backs in that category, after Dallas' Marion Barber (15).

    Reid, of course, had said Monday that he thought Westbrook's Pro Bowl selection should be "a slam dunk."

    "I think if he's not the best running back in the league, he's definitely one of the best," the Eagles coach said. "This guy can do anything."

    Except, apparently, make the Pro Bowl roster. The only year Westbrook went to Hawaii was 2004, when he was chosen as a first alternate and added after another player was injured.

    The Pro Bowl voting is by players, coaches and fans.

    Despite the disappointment over Westbrook, Dawkins was elated to be going to Hawaii again. Both he and Andrews were named starters. Sheppard will be a reserve.

    With six Pro Bowls, Dawkins is tied for third with Hall of Fame end Pete Pihos for the most in team history. Only Chuck Bednarik (eight) and Reggie White (seven) have played in more.

    Dawkins, 33, said going to the Pro Bowl never gets old. "It never will and it shouldn't," he said. "When you get invited or voted in, that means your teammates and the people you play against respect you," Dawkins said.

    The Eagles safety also was voted the NFC defensive player of the week yesterday after forcing two fumbles and coming up with an interception Sunday in the win over the Giants.

    "It's huge, and I am definitely excited about the direction we are heading in," Dawkins said. "I believe we are playing our best football at the right time. With me going to the Pro Bowl and having all these accolades, that means I am doing things to help this team win. That is what it is all about."

    Sheppard, 25, will make his second Pro Bowl appearance in three seasons. Despite missing three games and most of the season opener because of a sprained ankle, the fifth-year cornerback is tied for second in the NFC with five interceptions, matching his career high from 2004, when he last went to the Pro Bowl.

    Sheppard made game-saving interceptions against Dallas and Carolina this season, and he hopes that some day he will have as many Pro Bowls on his resumé as Dawkins. Both are from Raines High in Jacksonville, Fla.

    "I definitely feel like I'm one of the top corners in the league, and I don't see why I can't continue to make it as long as I'm healthy," Sheppard said.

    This will be the first Pro Bowl for Andrews, the Eagles' No. 1 draft choice in 2004. Andrews said he believes that his substantial weight loss this season has made him a better player.

    "I know I have made some big strides from last year," he said. "I lost the weight and I was able to prevail on a lot of plays, whereas... last year I would be out of breath. I think I was more of a mauler this year."

    Andrews, who will turn 24 on Christmas, said keeping the weight off hasn't been as difficult as he anticipated.

    "I just took the initiative," he said. "I was tired of being extra huge and being uncomfortable when I walked to the store. I was tired of sweating when it was 20 below... and I don't want to die because I ate too many cheeseburgers."


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    Contact staff writer Bob Brookover at 215-854-2577 or bbrookover@phillynews.com.


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  2. Dave_in-NC

    Dave_in-NC Well-Known Member

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    Westy deserves to be there.
  3. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    December.26th, 2006
    AP-

    Dallas Cowboys Leave Eagles Stunned.
  4. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    Yea well he can cry about it to MB3 who leads the NFC in TDs and didn't get in.

    Jackson, Barber, and Gore are all deserving. So is Westbrook really, but it just isn't his year..
  5. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    Stop worrying about where the other team is going to find this amazing motivation to beat us. Both teams know what is at stake here and both teams will show up to play.
  6. Maikeru-sama

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    Usually when a person or fan thinks someone got snubbed, the bigger question is who are you going to take off of the list to put Westbrook on.

    Westbrook is a great player but Jackson, Barber and Gore are just as deserving.
  7. jrockster77

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    Eh...the only RB on that list you could argue against would be Tiki, but its his last season in the NFL and he is on pace to break 2K total yards again. Westbrook still hasn't played a full season, and has cracked 1000 yards for the first time in his career. He's too much of a hybrid RB/WR to ever be voted in at one position - the same problem Cooley had last year being listed as a FB.
  8. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    In the case of Newman I would pull Hall off the roster in a heartbeat.
  9. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    True. Which that horse has been beaten too death and great arguments were made.

    But in the case of this thread, I dont know if there could be an argument made to remove Barber, Gore and Jackson from the list.
  10. Timbo2st

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  11. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    This is a Cowboys board and thus we know all too well about Tiki Barber.

    I cant stand the guy but ge deserves to go over Westbrook.
  12. jrockster77

    jrockster77 New Member

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    Yah; I would put Barber 3 in there before Westbrook.

    Westbrook isn't even the leading RB receiver in the NFC; Bush and Jackson both have more receptions and receiving yards.
  13. Dave_in-NC

    Dave_in-NC Well-Known Member

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    All that is true I guess. I just enjoy watching Westy more than any of the others. Except when he's doing it to us.
  14. AMERICAS_FAN

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    Andrews: "I just took the initiative," "I was tired of being extra huge and being uncomfortable when I walked to the store. I was tired of sweating when it was 20 below... and I don't want to die because I ate too many cheeseburgers."

    Andy Reid: Yes! More cheeseburgers for me in the luncroom!

    :laugh2: AF
  15. jrockster77

    jrockster77 New Member

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    If the probowl was chosen based on shiftiness and nifty moves, Westbrook would be in. But if he is being compared to other runningbacks, yet has only topped 177 carries in a season and broken 1000 yards for the first time (let alone never playing a full season), guys like Steven Jackson, Tiki Barber and Frank Gore who have 60-70 more carries and 200-400 more rushing yards than he does will beat him every time - its just the nature of the position, I guess.
  16. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    Hey Timbo let's spar. I'll start, so do you think the baton twirler will be able to get deep on Dallas' all the sudden absent safties? How about the flats where they allow enough room for robust farm equipment to rumble unscathed for a quarter of the field.

    Personally I don't think the baton twirler will get it done but Westbrook may still have a statistically good night.
  17. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Westbrook wasn't in the top 5 in the NFC in rushing yards and was tied for 5th in rushing TDs.

    If you want to make the pro-bowl you should probably try and at least be a top 5 player at your position in your conference.
  18. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    Westbrook is also a sissy....Timbo? Did you hear me? I'm dogging your team.
  19. adamknite

    adamknite Well-Known Member

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    I agree, how could you take out Gore, Tiki, or Jackson and put in MB3 or Westbrook, then it would be just as unfair to the person that didn't get in. Westbrook has had a good year, but it hasn't been jaw dropping if you ask me. If the Eagles/Eagle fans have a problem with it all they have to do is look at TO, he leads Boldin in like every WR stat and almost 3x as many TDs and he got voted in over Owens.
  20. percyhoward

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    The Eagles have every right to be stunned.

    Westbrook 1,756 total yards 11 TD
    Tiki Barber 1,782 total yards 2 TD

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