Anger, denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance represent the typical stages of grief. When it comes to not qualifying for the Pro Bowl, Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has short-circuited that process to anger and acceptance.
“Dude, I mean, I was mad all last night, kind of mad this morning,” Cox said Wednesday, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. “Then I finally realized there was nothing I could do to change it or say anything about it. Good luck to the guys, everybody that’s in it. I wish them the best.
“Maybe I wasn’t good enough. And I’m not in it and that might be a reason why, I’m not good enough and I’ll try again next year.”
Coach Chip Kelly also disagreed with the snub.
“I don’t know the exact formula and how it was picked,” Kelly said. “I thought he had a Pro Bowl year. He’s the one guy that when I was handed the results last night so I could call our players, that I was like, ‘Wow.’ That was the one that kind of surprised me.
“I think he’s been our top player. He’s been really unblockable at times. I think he’s a very disruptive force. But sometimes you make the Pro Bowl, I guess, on reputation. But I hope people recognize him and maybe like [first-time Pro Bowl center Jason] Kelce, where it’s probably a year later than he should have gotten it, Fletcher will get it next year. But I know he may be our most valuable player overall to be honest with you.”
Part of the problem comes from the categorization of players for Pro Bowl purposes. Defensive ends in the 3-4 scheme still fall within the “defensive end” category, even though they’re actually interior defensive linemen.
“Do I think [it was a factor]? Yes,” he said. “There’s nothing I could do it about it. Just move on, get ready for Sunday, man.”
It’s the right attitude. Besides, this year’s Pro Bowl isn’t in Hawaii. It’s in Arizona. Nothing against Arizona, which is great. But it’s not Hawaii.