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.

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

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. @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…..

  10. 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.

  11. redlobster1984

    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.

  12. 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).

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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!!!

  17. 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.

  18. 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

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

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

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