Shaquil Barrett is first sacks leader since 2010 not chosen first-team All-Pro

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Buccaneers pass rusher Shaquil Barrett has reason not to be happy with the Associated Press All-Pro team.

Barrett, who led the NFL with 19.5 sacks this season, was not chosen first-team All-Pro. That makes him the first player since 2010 to lead the league in sacks but not make the All-Pro team.

The panel of 50 voters gave Barrett 18 votes at edge rusher, which placed him third at that position behind Chandler Jones and T.J. Watt. Barrett also got two votes at linebacker, as the AP voters continued a longstanding tradition of voting for the same player at different positions.

The last eight players to lead the league in sacks (Aaron Donald in 2018, Jones in 2017, Vic Beasley in 2016, J.J. Watt in 2015, Justin Houston in 2014, Robert Mathis in 2013, Watt in 2012 and Jared Allen in 2011) all made first-team All-Pro. The last league leader not named first-team All-Pro was DeMarcus Ware in 2010.

Barrett did make PFT’s All-Pro team.

34 responses to “Shaquil Barrett is first sacks leader since 2010 not chosen first-team All-Pro

  1. Sack totals should be the last stat that matters on a yearly resume. A guy can collect 4 in a game in garbage time. Then end of year they just sit there like a trophy number with zero context.

  2. jackedupboonie says:
    January 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm
    Sack totals should be the last stat that matters on a yearly resume. A guy can collect 4 in a game in garbage time. Then end of year they just sit there like a trophy number with zero context.

    Oh yeah, cause sack totals are so easy to accumulate in the NFL

  3. jackedupboonie says:
    January 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm
    Sack totals should be the last stat that matters on a yearly resume. A guy can collect 4 in a game in garbage time. Then end of year they just sit there like a trophy number with zero context.

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    They were a 7-9 football team. I doubt there was a whole lot of garbage time as teams typically “run” the ball to close at games during garbage time lol.

  4. If he played on the Cowboys or Steelers he would have been chosen. That’s the way it is. the NFL is very, very subjective.

  5. Sacks are important, but they are not the only way to judge players. If it was just based on the stats, why have anyone vote? Just give the awards to the league leaders in each stat.

  6. All-pros don’t play on bad teams because they elevate the play of others around them. Causing wins.

    The bucs are trash and it’s harder for players on trash teams to get respect. And rightfully so.

  7. Jones had a half-sack less than Shaq and more of an impact on the field (eight forced fumbles, recovered three).

    Watt had fewer sacks but topped Shaq in many other areas (10 passes blocked, two interceptions plus eight forced fumbles with four recoveries).

  8. jbaxt says:

    January 3, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    All-pros don’t play on bad teams because they elevate the play of others around them. Causing wins.

    The bucs are trash and it’s harder for players on trash teams to get respect. And rightfully so.

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    So explain how 6 players on the 1st team all-pro came from teams with a losing record?

  9. Barrett had a good year, but far from a great one. Sacks aren’t everything. At least when Ware didn’t make it, it was because he was squeezed out in a loaded OLB field. Barrett honestly didn’t merit being All Pro.

  10. uptome26 says:
    January 3, 2020 at 3:43 pm
    If he played on the Cowboys or Steelers he would have been chosen. That’s the way it is. the NFL is very, very subjective.

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    Except that the last time it happened was to a Cowboy…if you bothered to read.

  11. Just more collateral damage from Jameis Winston’s 30 INTs. The Bucs would have had more wins and respect if JW wasn’t giving away so many points every week. If the Bucs were a playoff team he might have made it.

  12. jackedupboonie says:
    January 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm
    Sack totals should be the last stat that matters on a yearly resume. A guy can collect 4 in a game in garbage time. Then end of year they just sit there like a trophy number with zero context.

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    Thats all stats. Duh. You gonna subtract everyones ‘garbage time’ stats?

  13. chaunce922 says:
    January 3, 2020 at 3:37 pm
    JJ didnt play over half the season and wasnt really having a career year when he did play, and still got more votes than this guy?

    What a sham.“

    You know what’s a bigger sham? Armchair GMs who are clueless about the game, but still feel the need to comment on it. JJ did not get more votes than Barrett. His brother, TJ, did. And his brother had a fabulous year.

    Try to keep up sparky.

  14. JJ didnt play over half the season and wasnt really having a career year when he did play, and still got more votes than this guy?

    What a sham.

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    It was his brother TJ that got the votes

  15. This is great news. Sacks only tell me what he did on 19.5 plays. He must have been on the field 700 or 800 plays. What else did he do. I see guys taking a breather and standing on the sidelines waiting for 3rd and long, then they come in and go all out because they know people foolishly judge everyone on just a small fraction of plays.

  16. Those voters obviously didn’t watch his tape this year, it’s all politics anyway with those voters, but just wait, he will have probably 12-15 again next year and we will be a playoff team……book it

  17. What this points out is inconsistency and/or idiocy in the selection process. The criteria should be well defined so sacks should either matter or not. If the winners are based on anything other than specific criteria, then the process is a meaningless popularity contest.

  18. Barrett had a great year, but sacks don’t tell the whole story.

    They’re important of course, but if you go just by that one figure you end up drawing false conclusions.
    He would have been worthy of selection, but that doesn’t mean others weren’t equally valid options

  19. And then there’s all the shaming because Polian didn’t vote for Lamar. These selections are often a joke and voting is a great example of the “herd mentality” syndrome. Would anyone be surprised to learn some of the voters cast votes for players they’ve never even seen play?

  20. Its all in who you play for! If this kid was playing for the Cowboys I would bet the entire planet he makes 1st team all pro!

  21. Shaq absolutely had an all-pro worthy season…

    But, so did Watt and Chandler. One of the 3 was getting left out and whoever it was was going to be a snub.

    I’m a Steelers fan but I’m not a homer. I can only speak to TJ since I watch him every game but TJ is a fantastic run defender and has a crazy knack for knocking the ball out. He made a lot of splash plays on top of getting sacks.

  22. chaunce922 says:
    January 3, 2020 at 3:37 pm
    JJ didnt play over half the season and wasnt really having a career year when he did play, and still got more votes than this guy?
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    Pretty sure JJ Watt didn’t get any votes at all. Reading is fundamental.

  23. Chandler Jones was the BEST and had to play in a crummy and weak defense.

    That alone makes his season that more AMAZING, as the Card’s lousy secondary cost them 4-5 wins against the top teams in the NFL.

  24. T-J-Watt. NOT J-J, geniuses… love it that 231 of you joined @chaunce922 in his outrage… y’all must be some intense kind of fans to not be aware of JJ’s brother’s remarkable year. Wow.

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