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Chiefs react to L’Jarius Sneed’s Pro Bowl snub

Kansas City’s players and coaches were upset that the team’s top cornerback did not get voted to the Pro Bowl.

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While it’s true that not everyone can make the NFL’s Pro Bowl, there were two Kansas City Chiefs that many thought should have made it. The Chiefs have five players representing the team, as well as five players listed as alternates. One of those alternates is cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, who linebacker Drue Tranquill felt should have been a starter.

“It’s just tragic. I don’t know how you can throw the film on and not see that he’s one of the best four corners in the AFC — if not the NFL,” Tranquill said, frustrated with the perceived snub. “He might have the best tape of any corner in the NFL this year when you look at who he’s gone against and what he’s done… It’s just a travesty he’s not in there.”

Defensive backs coach Dave Merritt called Sneed one of the most complete corners he’s ever been around and was surprised the third-year back was not selected this year. Merritt disclosed the words of encouragement he shared with Sneed during Thursday’s media session.

“I just told LJ… no matter what happens, just always stay humble, stay hungry and stay positive and stay prayed up because your time will come.”

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo did not hide his frustration when asked about Sneed and teammate Trent McDuffie missing the Pro Bowl.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed,” Spagnuolo said of both Sneed and McDuffie not making the Pro Bowl. “Because I know those guys, they’re more concerned with the bigger picture, but yeah, disappointed.”

Despite winning the AFC special teams player of the week a staggering five times this season, kicker Harrison Butker was also not voted to the Pro Bowl by the fans. Lauded Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is headed to his seventh Pro Bowl, but still — special teams coordinator Dave Toub believes this season should have been Butker’s turn.

“Justin Tucker, he’s [an] excellent kicker, but I thought Butker was as good this year,” Toub explained. “I thought Butker deserved it, but there’s only one guy [that] can get it.”

Fans can watch the five Chiefs that are going to the Pro Bowl — center Creed Humphrey, defensive tackle Chris Jones, tight end Travis Kelce, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and right guard Joe Thuney — on Sunday, February 4, beginning at 2 p.m. Arrowhead Time (so long as they don’t make a run to the Super Bowl).

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