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Duane Brown: Texans offensive line snubs a “slap in the face”

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Every year, we re-learn how faulty the Pro Bowl voting process is.

Guys make the game on reputation like Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and Dolphins tackle Jake Long. Other deserving young players have to wait their turn like 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman.

Texans left tackle Duane Brown was one of the players that got overlooked because he doesn’t have a big name. He had a standout year and we’d argue that he was only one of three snubs on the Texans offensive line.

Chris Myers should have made it at center over Maurkice Pouncey. You could make a strong case for right tackle Eric Winston and Brown over Long and the Jets’ D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Brown didn’t complain about his individual snub, and said he understood he hadn’t consistently had years this good in the past.

Still, he wasn’t pleased the entire group was overlooked.

“Definitely, it is a slap in the face,” Brown told Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle. “I think we’re one of the best O-lines in the league, and for not one of us to make it says something. We already have a lot to prove, and this just adds to it.”

Brown and Myers were named as alternates. Winston congratulated them on Twitter without mentioning his snub.

He didn’t complain, so we will for him. Top to bottom, the Texans have the best line in the league.

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33 Responses to “Duane Brown: Texans offensive line snubs a “slap in the face””
  1. tatum064 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:44 AM

    Well Duane Brown, you know what you have to do , right? Roll through the playoffs to the AFC Title. That’s the best way to handle a “slap in the face” snub of the Pro Bowl. Which is wack , anyway. The list that counts is the All-Pro Team.

  2. ottomanismydog says: Dec 28, 2011 8:45 AM

    yeah that is pretty ridiculous… Yanda, really?

    At minimum Eric Winston

  3. sojumaster says: Dec 28, 2011 8:49 AM

    That is what happens when you let the fans vote for the Pro-Bowl instead of the players, coaches and writters.

  4. jimmysee says: Dec 28, 2011 8:51 AM

    If you get to the Super Bowl, that Pro Bowl thing pretty much takes care of itself!

  5. zoxitic says: Dec 28, 2011 8:53 AM

    A slap in the face is better than your punch in the stomach.

  6. richierich420 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:57 AM

    Doesn’t help that you let two quarterbacks get put out for the season

  7. almighty1 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:57 AM

    There is a formula for this. Step 1: play well. Step 2: get snubbed because someone has a better reputation. Step 3: Bitch about getting snubbed and have it mentioned in the media. Step 4: You’ll be in the probowl within 2 years.

  8. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 28, 2011 9:05 AM

    They’ve gone through 3 QB’s ,yep the o-line is definitly doing its job.

  9. redlobster1984 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:10 AM


    you are aware that Yanda plays guard and winston is a tackle? Not to mention Yanda is one of the top guards in the NFL.

  10. illusi0nz79 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:26 AM

    Pro Bowl voting is a joke. Not that it’s a major aspect of the game, but it definitely needs to be changed. Unfortunately a lot of fans are retarded.

  11. whitemike55 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:29 AM

    When you could possibly have (2) 1,000 yd rushers, not to mention all the catches out of the backfield WITH a 3rd string QB your doing something right.

    Not to mention winning Time of Possession being #1 in the league. You do that by running the ball well.

    To all you people that vote on Big Names, just wait until playoff time and the Texans are steamrollin teams’ front 7 with Foster & Tate… We WILL see the best Oline in the league.

  12. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 28, 2011 9:46 AM

    Ha like 5 years ago I did a speech in my debate class about why fans shouldn’t be allowed to vote for the pro bowl. I didn’t even have to study, easiest A I got in high school.

    An don’t worry, I voted for your Brown. Regardless of what other people see, I see the converted T.E with amazing footwork who now mauls people from sideline to sideline. Good job, make them vote you in next year.

  13. Stiller43 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:48 AM

    Speaking of making it on reputation, why the eff is ray lewis in the game again?

    He’s been running on fumes the last 3 years. A shell of his former self with occasional reminders that he was a dominant force – but isnt anymore.

  14. timtheenchanter1 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:49 AM

    Maurkice isn’t even the best *Pouncey* playing center in the AFC.

  15. RomosRibs says: Dec 28, 2011 9:49 AM

    So Ratliff made it on reputation? He made it becuz he’s incredible. And if he didnt DEMAND double teams, you would see monstrous stats.

    Ratliff made it on game, nothing else but pure game. Try single teaming him and see what you get.

  16. bagadeez04 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:56 AM

    Nobody cares about the Pro Bwol.

  17. chrisbntx says: Dec 28, 2011 10:00 AM

    For those mentioning two QBs going down, Shaub was hurt on a QB sneak and Leinart was hit after throwing the ball and having a few seconds of protection. Neither is on the o-line, just in line with all the freak injuries the Texans are having this year.

  18. dexterismyhero says: Dec 28, 2011 10:02 AM

    @Stiller43 says:Dec 28, 2011 9:48 AM

    Speaking of making it on reputation, why the eff is ray lewis in the game again?

    He’s been running on fumes the last 3 years. A shell of his former self with occasional reminders that he was a dominant force – but isnt anymore.
    Sort of like Troy right? Douche…..

  19. weiser5150 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:15 AM

    speaking of a slap in the face.MJD is leading the NFL in rushing while playing some pretty good defenses this year(Pit,Bal,Hou,Ten Clev) and is not a starter?
    pro bowl voting is just a popularity contest.

  20. swagjag says: Dec 28, 2011 10:20 AM

    Lots of people would prefer Duane Brown to guys like Jake Long and Joe Thomas. They just happen to be Texans homers.

  21. ottomanismydog says: Dec 28, 2011 10:33 AM


    Very aware. My point is not that Winston should replace Yanda, more than I am surprised Yanda made it.

    It’s the idea that a team blocking for Foster and Tate does not have a representative in the pro bowl. Winston would be my guess at minimum for representative because of his high level of play and strong character.

  22. DubZ480 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:38 AM

    Who is Duane Brown??

    I do love the whole name recognition argument. People forget that coaches and players make up 66% of the vote. So unless we are saying that they don’t know football, then that argument doesn’t hold water (as Pierre Paul proved this year).

  23. snnyjcbs says: Dec 28, 2011 10:48 AM

    The Pro Bowl is a joke, they need to take the Fan voting out of the mix. It it was up to them Tebow would be the starting QB.

  24. fullbull111 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:50 AM

    When Duane blew up James Harrison and I might add his orbital socket in the steeler game he made the pro bowl in my book.

  25. brutus9448 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:54 AM

    if you were gonna start a team from scracth would you take brown or long for your left tackle? case closed.

  26. kalooz says: Dec 28, 2011 10:59 AM

    Eric Winston snubbed? The same Eric Winston that got chunked around by Robert Mathis and the 1 win Colts? Uhhhh, I live in Houston and can tell you Eric Winston did not get snubbed.

  27. charlesanakin says: Dec 28, 2011 11:22 AM

    Good points in the article but I have three words for you about the best O-line in football= New Orleans Saints.

  28. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 28, 2011 11:26 AM


    You must be out of your mind. They can’t run block to save their life. Texans o-line does it all.

  29. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 28, 2011 11:37 AM

    1) Yeah, the Texans’ QB injuries had nothing to do with O-line play: QB sneak and late hit.

    2) Duane Brown broke James Harrison’s face, and that is awesome.

    3) These guys get bonuses for making the Pro Bowl, so it means something to them.

    4) Go Texans!!!

  30. johnnyblumpkin says: Dec 28, 2011 1:24 PM

    It seems simple to me. Start winning some meaningful games and your players will start getting voted into the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, you’ve never won a playoff game (or been to the playoffs for that matter). Until this year, the Texans were always one of the darling picks of preseason only to fail in the end time and time again. It looks like you might be one and done this year because of the QB situation but hopefully the team is on track to become a playoff contender year after year.

  31. mobuccsfan says: Dec 28, 2011 1:47 PM

    Agreed. Stafford and Avril were also snubbed. Not sure how, but it happens. I think the Pro Bowl is a joke, especially in today’s time. It doesn’t really mean much anymore and is about name recognition instead of actual achievement. Smh

  32. morganwick says: Dec 28, 2011 3:26 PM

    Does anyone have any suggestions for fixing the Pro Bowl voting other than dumping the fan aspect which will never happen?

  33. txtuff says: Dec 28, 2011 5:43 PM

    How many starting Left Tackles in the NFL have allowed ZERO sacks! I know one, Duane Brown! Big time snub!!

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