Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth has been one of the league’s best tackles since he made the switch there after playing the guard position, and last night marked his first Pro Bowl appearance, and he was excited to be a part of it, and believes the game should continue:
It was a lot of competition. Guys were going at each other. It was definitely the game people wanted. It’s a can of worms. I really don’t understand the NFL’s position on the whole deal. It’s an all-star game and all all-star games are supposed to be fun. If we’re going to be graded on performance every time, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
It’s treading some bad water if you’re going to start up an evaluation on every game. They’re hard to judge. It was a good game; that should be the end of it. I don’t know what it was last year, but guys made up for it and I don’t think we should discuss it any further. It’s important to the players, their families, and our game and it should stay.
Wide receiver A.J. Green became the first Bengal to score three touchdowns in a Pro Bowl during his 119-yard performance, and Whitworth said he talked with AFC head coach John Fox’s staff, and knew Green was going to big part of the game-plan.
I told the Denver coaches all week they had something special and that they were going to end up throwing it to him often. (Green) is just a special player and a special kid. Especially in a game like this where you know there’s going to be a lot of one-on-one coverage. You’re just not going to be able to cover him for very long.