For the first time since 1978, the Kansas City Chiefs will not have a representative in the Pro Bowl.
Think about that. Over the last 30 years, there has always been at least one player on the Chiefs that the NFL and the fans found worthy of a Pro Bowl bid.
If the decision were up to Bill Barnwell of ESPN (and Football Outsiders), OLB Tamba Hali would be playing in Miami this year.
Barnwell calls the selection of Tennessee Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch over Hali "ludicrous."
The numbers suggest he's right.
Hali had 8.5 sacks which, as Barnwell points out, isn't Pro Bowl worthy on it's own. But that number was nearly 40% of the Chiefs total sacks. In addition to that, Hali had 20.5 quarterback hurries. "An elite total," Barnwell writes, "and a good indicator that his sack numbers will increase next season"
Vanden Bosch had just 3.5 sacks and 12 hurries.
I'm not saying Hali should have been a first ballot nomination but given the Vanden Bosch numbers, the case for Hali is a strong one.