Chargers' Pro Bowl Picture Is Offensive

The ballots have opened and voting has commenced for the 2010 Pro Bowl. While the Chargers might be at .500 right now, they do have a few players more than worthy for trips to Miami, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.


Vincent Jackson's 561 receiving yards currently slots him at fifth place among AFC wide outs, just behind household names like Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Hines Ware, and Andre Johnson. His 19.3 yard average catch, however, puts up at the top of the league among WRs (with at least twenty catches). Jackson also averages more yards per game than any of the NFL top 10 receiving yards leaders, at a gawdy 93.5 per game. The AFC is home to some of the best QB-reciever tadems in the NFL, so Jackson will have to continue to open eyes around the league. But if he continues on his current pace, he not only with earn All-Pro and Pro Bowl accolades, but he'd also potentially place himself in the Chargers record books for most receiving yards in a season. (Alworth 1602, Alworth 1383, 1340 Jefferson)


Much like Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates is enjoying early success and will likely build upon it, health permitting. But just as Jackson faces stiff competition among AFC receivers, Gates has conference rivals of his own. Prolific AFC offenses are allowing Tight Ends to put up huge numbers, with Houston's Owen Daniels (497 yds, 5 TD) and Indianapolis's Dallas Clark (485 yds, 3 TD) both edging Gates out in receiving yards and touchdowns. But Gates (474 yds, 2 TD) is neck-and-neck with those two, and his recognizably and consistency should make him both a popular as well as deserving choice for Pro Bowl votes.


But the San Diego Charger who is perhaps the most deserving of a Pro Bowl bid also faces the stiffest competition; Philip Rivers' 1787 passing yards is only good for fifth place in a conference which boosts some of the best AFC quarterbacks in the entire league. The AFC is loaded with great Quarterbacks, three of which have Super Bowl victories. Names like Brady, Manning, and Roethlisberger are always in the Pro Bowl converstation, but up-and-comers like Matt Schaub and Joe Flacco are making their marks as well. Philip Rivers, right in that top 5 mix, is a guy who garners mixed reaction among NFL fans. He's a love him or hate him type guy. While some love his leadership, intensity, and bravado, others find him brash and big-mouthed. However there is no doubt that he has been the Chargers' MVP both last season and this, and his proven track record of leading his team to fourth quarter victories proves that Rivers is among the elite in the league.

Why he doesn't get more media attention is a bit confusing, but it may have something to do with his laid-back, family-man demeanor off the field. After all, while we've all seen Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger in national ad spots, when is the last time you saw a Philip Rivers commercial?

October 27, 2009

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Anonymous said... Oct 27, 2009, 9:49:00 AM

Rivers and Jackson should definitely be Pro Bowlers.

It's Raider week. F the Raiders!

Anonymous said... Oct 27, 2009, 8:04:00 PM

Corporate media hype is all about trying to fool the consumer into a "connection" between the buying of a product and the image of being a definitive "winner". Until Philip Rivers *wins* the BIG ONE (Super Bowl)there will probably be no national ad spots for him, unfortunately.
I think that has much more to do about River's marketability than his laid-back, family-man demeanor off the field.
After all, River's personality is much more dynamic than Eli Manning, or even Roethlisberger and Brady; but he just has to win the Super Bowl, preferably in a dynamic fashion. Then he'll go global, no worries.
But f**k the hype, Go BOLTS!!!

Mark said... Oct 27, 2009, 9:22:00 PM

I really could care less about this article, as the Pro Bowl game is one of the most meaningless games in all of sports. It is basically a vacation for the players, but it does recognize the best at each position. A a Pro Bowl invitation looks good on a players resume, but I think it is way too early to think about this when there is still more than half of the season left and the Chargers and us fans should be worrying about how to beat the Broncos and stay focused on this weeks game against the Raiders- who for all intents and purposes should have beat us in week 1, as we benefitted from a blown non-touchdown call.

Mark said... Oct 27, 2009, 9:30:00 PM

Well, I guess while we're at it, another player for Probowl consideration on special teams is of course, Darren Sproles.
Great on punt and kick returns, and on screen plays on offense. But I really question the way Norv uses him in goal-line situations, as that cost us the game against the Ravens as well as a potential touchdown(which resulted in another loss)against the Broncos. It dumbfounds me that we have one the greatest RB's ever who is known for scoring short-yardage TD's, sitting on the bench as a cheerleader!!

Anonymous said... Oct 28, 2009, 12:53:00 AM

philip rivers i believe is his own voice in the new subway commercials haha!

Anonymous said... Oct 28, 2009, 3:12:00 AM

D'uh! My bad.
Eat fresh!!!

Anonymous said... Oct 28, 2009, 8:27:00 AM

Right on! Darren Sproles is an absolutely sensational ST player!
Another Charger deserving early consideration for Pro Bowl Special Team honors is Jacob Hester, no? Two touchdowns on spectacular and highly unusual plays and we're only six games in! Wow!! If he gets any more like it, even if he doesn't score he should be a cinch.

Rob Zepeda said... Oct 28, 2009, 9:43:00 AM

Fantastic call on Darren Sproles, if I'm not mistaken I believe his is the NFL's all-purpose yards leader this year. Also that Jacob Hester shoutout is well-deserved. The guy is balling on special teams this year!

Anonymous said... Oct 28, 2009, 5:41:00 PM

anyone see that new KFC Commercial? whos one of the NFL players in it?

Philip Rivers. haha.

Rob Zepeda said... Oct 28, 2009, 5:49:00 PM

I haven't seen a KFC commercial with PR in it, anyone have a youtube link?

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