November 4, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs in the open field against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Denver won the game 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The A.J. Green All-Pro Controversey

In case you missed it, there was a bit of a controversy last week regarding the NFL All-Pro team. Bengals WR A.J. Green did not make the team, but did receive a number of votes  for it. Ultimately, it was Bears WR Brandon Marshall Lions WR Calvin Johnson who were named onto the first-team. It was expected that Johnson, who broke Jerry Rice’s single-season record for yards receiving, would have his name on every ballot. But Tim Ryan, a former Bears DT and current FOX analyst, was the only All-Pro voter not to select Johnson,  and he didn’t think that Johnson should be on the first-team because Green and Marshall (whom he voted for) were on teams that won more games:

Of course he had a great year and he is a great receiver, but I look at more than statistics and I thought a couple of other receivers had a better season, Brandon Marshall and A.J. Green.

Johnson was targeted a lot and was often the only thing the Lions had going, but he also dropped a lot of passes and they did lose 12 games. I felt Marshall helped Chicago win games and Green helped Cincinnati win games. I think that is more important than statistics.

While it seems unfair to penalize Johnson for putting up historic numbers while on a losing team, it’s the same mentality voters take when selecting who the Heisman winner is, as well as who the NFL MVP is.

I’ll ask you: Should the NFL All-Pro team be based solely on statistics and production on the field, or should a teams’ win/loss record have effect on the voting?


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