It is that time of the year when every team’s fan base complains about Pro Bowl rosters because a particular player they thought deserved to be recognized was snubbed. Since 1995, fans have been able to contribute in some voting capacity. Before that, coaches and players held all the power. Currently, players are voted in by the coaches, the players themselves, and the fans — each group’s ballot counts for one-third of the votes.
The reality is the voting system for the Pro Bowl is flawed, which is something I’ve talked about extensively.
“I believe the voting system is flawed to a certain extent, especially considering how much it can affect a player. Many incentives are tied up in Pro Bowl accolades; even Pro Football Hall of Fame voters consider how many Pro Bowl appearances a candidate has before inducting them into Canton. Still, it is a genius marketing approach by the NFL to give fans a chance to influence something happening in the league directly.”
One of those Falcons, who many consider was snubbed, was the recently acquired Cordarrelle Patterson. Through 13 games, Patterson has totaled 1,089 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns — both career highs. He also has the fifth-highest combined total yards (1,421), which isn’t surprising for those who’ve watched him.
For many weeks, Patterson was the only productive piece of the offense. Not only was this an incredible story, but Patterson did it in unconventional ways. The former All-Pro return man was absolutely snubbed considering James Conner and Alvin Kamara, who objectively had worse seasons, were given nods over him.