The Kansas City Chiefs ended up with four 2017 Pro Bowl players on the roster: CB Marcus Peters, S Eric Berry, PR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce. Peters and Berry are repping a defense that could have had a few Pro Bowlers, Tyreek is in for special teams and Kelce, who leads tight ends in yards and catches, is the lone member of the Chiefs offense.
Did the Chiefs get any players snubbed? There aren’t any snubs that outrage me this year but I posed that question on Twitter and came away with a few responses.
LB Dee Ford is the most popular name I heard for a snub. He was at one point leading the NFL in sacks. He had 10 sacks in the Chiefs first nine games. But then ... nothing. None after that. He still sits at 10 sacks. The leader is at 14.5 for the season. If he had kept it up, you’d have a better argument.
DE Chris Jones is another name that came up. This is a name recognition thing for the linemen, both offensive and defensive. Once people get a full offseason digesting analysts talk about Jones and some of his pass rushing stats I think there will be more momentum for a Pro Bowl next year. Geno Atkins, Ndamukong Suh and Jurrell Casey made it this year.
RT Mitch Schwartz is another name I heard. He hasn’t had as clean of a season as he’s had in years past so I’m not surprised he didn’t make it. A quarter of his season is against arguably the top two pass rushers in the NFL in Khalil Mack and Von Miller.
S Ron Parker is very good but not quite Pro Bowl caliber apparently. Parker is a Swiss army knife. He can do a bunch for the Chiefs. Devin McCourty and Reggie Nelson made it at free safety this year while Berry was at strong. The Chiefs don’t always designate between free and strong but that’s how they vote.
K Cairo Santos was another name I heard but Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is the best in the league. Santos is 26/29 on field goals while Tucker is 33/34.
P Dustin Colquitt should always be an option but Colts P Pat McAfee made it.