The Kansas City Chiefs had eight players selected to this year’s NFL Pro Bowl, though it could be the player not included that gets the most attention.
Of the eight players headed to Hawaii, half are first time selections: Tackle Branden Albert, cornerback Brandon Flowers, returner Dexter McCluster and defensive tackle Dontari Poe.
Linebacker Justin Houston will be heading to his second Pro Bowl, while safety Eric Berry, running back Jamaal Charles and linebacker Tamba Hali were selected for the third time.
Despite having so many players recognized, somehow the Chiefs leading tackler was ignored.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson is wrapping up one of his finest seasons in Kansas City, but was snubbed at inside linebacker in favor of NaVorro Bowman, Vontaze Burfict, Luke Kuechly and Patrick Willis. That’s a great group of players, but I would have given Johnson the nod over Burfict.
Obviously we should ultimately hope that no Kansas City players make the trip to the Pro Bowl because that would mean they will be busy preparing for the Super Bowl. But if the Chiefs don’t advance that far in the playoffs, other players backing out should ultimately get Johnson the invite he deserves.
Unlike year’s past, there will be no AFC vs. NFC matchup. Instead, all players selected for the Pro Bowl will be chosen in a fantasy draft on January 22 to determine the teams for the game just four days later.