The Associated Press All-Pro team

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[Editor’s note:  Inexplicably, the Associated Press will make us wait three more weeks to find out the various 2012 season award winners.  To bide the time, the AP has named its All-Pro team.  The full team appears below.]

QB:  Peyton Manning, Broncos.

RB:  Adrian Peterson, Vikings (unanimous), Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks.

FB:  Vonta Leach, Ravens.

TE:  Tony Gonzalez, Falcons.

WR:  Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears.

OT:  Duane Brown, Texans; Ryan Clady, Broncos.

OG:  Jahri Evans, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers.

C:  Max Unger, Seahawks.

DE:  J.J. Watt, Texans (unanimous), Cameron Wake, Dolphins.

DT:  Geno Atkins, Bengals; Vince Wilfork, Patriots.

OLB:  Von Miller, Broncos; Aldon Smith, 49ers.

ILB:  Patrick Willis, 49ers; NaVorro Bowman, 49ers.

CB:  Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Charles Tillman, Bears.

S:  Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Dashon Goldson, 49ers.

P:  Andy Lee, 49ers.

K:  Blair Walsh, Vikings.

KR:  Jacoby Jones, Ravens.

SECOND TEAM

QB:  Aaron Rodgers, Packers.

RB:  Alfred Morris, Redskins; Jamaal Charles, Chiefs.

FB:  Jerome Felton, Vikings.

TE:  Jason Witten, Cowboys.

WR:  A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans.

OT:  Joe Thomas, Browns; Joe Staley, 49ers.

OG:  Marshal Yanda, Ravens; Logan Mankins, Patriots.

C:  Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers.

DE:  Justin Smith, 49ers; Julius Peppers, Bears.

DT:  Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Haloti Ngata, Ravens.

OLB:  Chad Greenway, Vikings; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Clay Matthews, Packers; and DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys.

ILB:  Daryl Washington, Cardinals; London Fletcher, Redskins.

CB:  Champ Bailey, Broncos; Tim Jennings, Bears.

S:  Eric Weddle, Chargers; Jairus Byrd, Bills.

P:  Thomas Morstead, Saints.

K:  Phil Dawson, Browns.

KR:  David Wilson, Giants.

74 responses to “The Associated Press All-Pro team

  1. Good to see Jamaal Charles get recognized, both here and in the Pro Bowl. I figured the 2-14 record would bury his otherwise fantastic season.

    Heck, in any other year (without Manning/Peterson), he’d be a lock for Comeback Player of the Year.

  2. 1 from the Atlanta Falcons and 5 from the Seattle Seahawks. Go Seattle for tomorrow’s game.

    None for the Packers and 6 for the 49ers. That’s a lot of power from the NFC West.

  3. Andre Johnson over both Roddy White and Julio Jones? Who are these clowns and what are they doing on Sundays? Not watching football is the most obvious answer.

  4. Good to see D Wash getting some love even on second team. The guy is arguably the best pick the Cardinals have made in the last 10-15 years aside from Fitz. Guy is already a stud LB and as a good head on his shoulders. Hoping the Cards keep him for a long time

  5. At least this list is a bit more sound than the Pro-Bowl roster… For starters, no Jeff Saturday (C), and the inclusion of Richard Sherman (CB). It’s not perfect of course…

  6. dennisatunity says:
    Jan 12, 2013 10:38 AM
    1 from the Atlanta Falcons and 5 from the Seattle Seahawks. Go Seattle for tomorrow’s game.

    None for the Packers and 6 for the 49ers. That’s a lot of power from the NFC West

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    Well when you are consistently picking at the top of the round for the better part of a decade you should (hopefully) begin to see some returns.

  7. I agree that Peyton Manning is a feel good story but he is not the best QB in the NFL this year.

    Looks like another chip on the shoulder of Aaron Rodgers. Packers over the Broncos in the Super Bowl!

  8. Hard to argue with most of these but Luke Kuechly got robbed of ILB spot.

    He lead the league in tackles, took a Panthers defense from 25th to 14th and didn’t even start at MLB until week 5!

    Had he started there all season he would have likely broken Willis’ rookie tackle record and the NFL tackle record.

  9. I realize it’s only kickers, but for Seabass not to even get a 2nd team nod shows that these voters are not that knowledgeable.

  10. Every linebacker from the 49’ers is either on 1st or 2nd team. Impressive. Ahmad Brooks was a Bengal originally until he slapped his girlfriend and got arrested for domestic abuse. Wish he wouldn’t have done that, he’d still be here.

  11. No LANCE BRIGGS ????? You have to be high! This guy was the reason the Bears defense was able to flourish! A washed up Brian Urlacher, an average Nick Roach and a decent defensive line, not great. Lance Briggs isn’t even my favorite person, infact, I really can’t stand him, personally, however, he deserves to be recognized for his efforts and contribution to that Bears defense that even allowed that average team to put up 10 wins this season!

  12. Logan Mankins on the second team? Not that this should come as a shock, but they obviously haven’t watched him play.

  13. Sooooo no mention of Ed Reed on the AP All Pro Team huh? And that’s only the most obvious snub. Peppers & Suh made it off name recognition alone because neither had great years. This list has some MAJOR holes in it.

  14. “Jason Witten not being the TE is a joke, He just had the best season of any TE in NFL history”

    Jason Witten 2012

    110 catches
    1039 yards
    9.4 yard/catch average
    36 yards longest catch
    3 TDs

    Rob Gronkowski 2011

    90 catches
    1327 yards
    14.7 yards/catch average
    52 yards longest catch
    17 TDs (most ever by a TE)

    Not even close Gronkowski was far superior last year. Yeah, Witten had 20 more catches this year but less yards and 14 ! less TDs.

    So no, Witten didn’t have the “greatest season of an TE in NFL history” this year.

  15. Does anyone think Slot Receiver should be a position awarded an All-Pro ? Similar to the distinction between OLB and ILB? Or TE and WR?

  16. I like Alfred Morris, but I think Doug Martin should have been in there instead. Morris had 100 more yards rushing and 1 more overall td, but Martin had 42 more catches for 400 more yards. Fairly even but Martin’s ability to catch the ball puts him over the top. Not being on the same team as RG3 def hurts in the subjective award categories though.

  17. How many players can you say they were a 2 time 2nd team all pro player in the same year?

    I find that amusing.

  18. What A JOKE this is you left out the leading tackler in the NFL. Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kickley was the best at his position and you pass him by and put 4 SF 49’rs LB on the team. As I said before what a JOKE this is!

  19. dennisatunity says:
    Jan 12, 2013 10:38 AM
    1 from the Atlanta Falcons and 5 from the Seattle Seahawks. Go Seattle for tomorrow’s game.

    None for the Packers and 6 for the 49ers. That’s a lot of power from the NFC West

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    Well when you are consistently picking at the top of the round for the better part of a decade you should (hopefully) begin to see some returns.

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    That’s very true I wonder why the falcons don’t have more players on this list hmm.

  20. aaronitout says: Jan 12, 2013 10:55 AM

    dennisatunity says:
    Jan 12, 2013 10:38 AM
    1 from the Atlanta Falcons and 5 from the Seattle Seahawks. Go Seattle for tomorrow’s game.

    None for the Packers and 6 for the 49ers. That’s a lot of power from the NFC West

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    Well when you are consistently picking at the top of the round for the better part of a decade you should (hopefully) begin to see some returns.

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    Seahawks didn’t draft Beast Mode. Sherman was a fifth rounder. Unger was a seconder rounder. And the only first round (14th overall pick) Seahawk on this list is Earl Thomas. Hmmm those aren’t exactly top of the first round selections are they . . . Seahawks are just great at finding talent anywhere and everywhere. But you can pretend otherwise if you prefer.

    Also, Atlanta spent the better half of that decade near “the top of the round”, as you put it, as well. Didn’t they get Matty Ice number 3 overall?

  21. Look Green Bay fans. I know you love Aaron Rodgers (use to love Brett Favre too). He is a good QB. Top 5 no doubt. But nearly every (non GB) fan, coach, g.m., OC would pick Tom Brady or Peyton manning over Rodgers to lead their franchise in a single year. Outside of Green Bay Wisconsin that is. So while Rodgers deserves to be on the list, he’s not in the top 2 QB spots. I am no Drew Bree’s fan but its hard to argue Rodgers over Bree’s or vice-versa.

  22. Not trying to hate on GB, but I don’t see them in the SB. Not with that defense and a serious lack of a running game. I know Peterson is a different cat, but any defense that allows a guy to rush for over 500 yards in a single year on them is not SB worthy. Not to mention that makeshift offensive line and an undrafted runningback promoted off the practice squad who couldn’t cut it with the Jags or Steelers. Sorry, no dice.

  23. All this POST SEASON AWARDS is really just a popularity contest for the most part. I could care less the Packers have no first team picks, and only 2 as second team. For gods sakes, the BEARS have 2 first team picks but WHERE ARE THEY ? Sittin’ at home. I’d rather be playing post season than gloat about awards.

  24. “garyman1 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:32 AM

    Wow, the Lions, Saints, and Dolphins have more All-Pro’s than the Packers and Patriots.”

    Patriots had 2 All-Pros (Wilfork and Mankins), the *same* as the Lions (Suh and Megatron) and Saints (Evans and Moorestead), and more than the Dolphins (Wake)……not fewer.

  25. how does Richard Sherman make All-Pro but not Pro-Bowl?
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    Because unlike the Fans, Players, and Coaches who vote on the Pro Bowl, the associated press doesn’t care if he’s using Adderall as a masking agent.

  26. Look Green Bay fans. I know you love Aaron Rodgers (use to love Brett Favre too). He is a good QB. Top 5 no doubt. But nearly every (non GB) fan, coach, g.m., OC would pick Tom Brady or Peyton manning over Rodgers to lead their franchise in a single year. Outside of Green Bay Wisconsin that is. So while Rodgers deserves to be on the list, he’s not in the top 2 QB spots. I am no Drew Bree’s fan but its hard to argue Rodgers over Bree’s or vice-versa.
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    Actually its easy to argue Rodgers over Brees. Rodgers is more accurate 67.2 to 63%, with a higher yards per attempt while not playing in a dome. Plus he can run. I really do not even see the argument for Brees in the talk.

    Brady and Manning are a different beast. What i think separates Rodgers from those two is his ability to run. He doesn’t run just a little better than those two, he runs worlds better than those two.

    Rodgers also has had his top 1-3 RBs out. All of his WRs have missed time but Jones (you know the guy who couldn’t get a contract in UFA but from GB) and his top 3 TEs have missed time. While leading the league in passer rating.

    The real question is why Rodgers isn’t in the talk with Brady and Manning to you other than spite.

  27. The best TE is Heath Miller, hands down. Watch any one Steelers game, and any one of Dallas and Falcons games. Miller is more ferocious blocker, faster runner and has equal hands to any other TE. And he will drag defenders for extra yardage that are in the rear-view-mirror for Witten and Gonzalez.

  28. Sure im being a Homer but AJ Green over Demaryius Thomas!? whens the last time Green took over a game!? really? and 3 49ers lbs? Brooks and Greenway over Wesley Woodyard who led the 2nd ranked defense in thw league in tackles along with 5 sacks and 3 ints not to mention his work in coverage? Woodyard is one of the most underated players in the league, no love! and why does justin smith get 2 spots? hes a 3-4 de who was also injures for a stretch thia committee has a 9er boner

  29. What, no B.J. Raji or Jeff Saturday? The city of Green Bay is confused. When did being a decent football player start factor ing into the voting for post season awards?

    At least Suh made it in, they can’t all of a sudden start letting people who deserve to be in win the award or it will be expected.

  30. Lance Briggs had possibly the best season of this career – in which he’s been an all-pro three times. However I have a hard time arguing against the linebackers chosen ahead of him. There are a lot of good linebackers in the league right now.

  31. Gronk not getting 1st team is a sham, even though he missed 4 games he was on pace to have the same season he did last year and was head and shoulders above any other TE before his injury as a receiver and run blocker. I’d put Jimmy Graham above TG and Witten by a mile also but at the end of the day Gronk is still a mile past Graham.

    And whoever said Witten had the greatest season ever for a TE must have Alzheimer’s if they can’t remember Gronk and Jimmy Graham’s 2011, it’s one thing to have a lot of catches its another to have a lot of touchdowns. Just my 2 cents

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