Did Evan Mathis Get Snubbed For the Pro Bowl?

The Eagles didn’t have a single player earn a Pro Bowl nod when the announcements were made last night.

But the question is: Was anyone deserving of the recognition? Here’s a roundup of what some national writers had to say.

ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano thinks Evan Mathis should have made it instead of the Giants’ Chris Snee:

Giants guard Chris Snee is not having his best season, and I don’t think he’s even the best guard in the NFC East. I think the Philadelphia Eagles’ Evan Mathis has outplayed him, especially considering Mathis has lost all four of his offensive linemates to injury, but the Eagles have no Pro Bowlers at all.

Mathis also made Clark Judge’s list on CBSSports.com:

Congratulations, Philadelphia. The destruction is complete. No Eagles made this year’s Pro Bowl, the first time that has happened since 1998 and only the second since 1970. I can understand blanking most of this club, but not Mathis.

The guy was one of only four Eagles to start all 15 games this season and the only one on offense. OK, so longevity doesn’t translate to Pro Bowl success. I get that. But I also get that in a year where so many Eagles stunk, Mathis produced his best season ever. In fact, he was so damned decent that I’d think long and hard about putting him on my All-Pro team.

The Eagles paid a lot of money during the last offseason to keep Mathis away from Baltimore, and it’s easy to see why: The guy became a first-rate lineman and an anchor in an offensive line that had as many holes as injuries. Mathis played the last few weeks on a badly sprained ankle, and, with the Eagles spiraling downward, you couldn’t blame him if he chose to sit down. But he didn’t, insistent in his belief that he had to hold together a makeshift offensive line, and too bad nobody recognized him for what he is — one hell of a good player on one really underachieving team.

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus also thinks Mathis should have made it over Snee:

People seem to think that because we applaud the play of Evan Mathis that we’re overstating how good he has been. To those people I say just put on the tape and watch how he plays. There’s a reason why he is dominating our grading system for guards.

Seriously, I get the Jahri Evans pick, but Chris Snee? Where the heck did that come from? He’s not had a bad year, but it’s a crime that Mathis won’t ever get the respect he deserves because he plays for a poor Philadelphia team and doesn’t have a reputation. If you still think we’re overdoing it, let’s talk about another player, like our third-ranked guard this year, Alex Boone. He’s a huge reason that line went from good to great so quickly.

If you want my opinion, Mathis has played at a consistently high level all season long. Despite moving parts all around him, I’d argue that he’s been better this year than he was last year. Having said that, I haven’t paid close attention to how the guards selected ahead of him have performed.

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  • barry_nic

    Mathis had a very good year despite a terrible supporting cast. But even more I can’t believe any of the Vikings O-line made it, when the best performance of a running back in the last 25+ years is happening. But life isn’t fair, or Nnamdi Asomogwe would be able to cover someone.

  • T

    I think Cox and Ryans could have been on there.

    • T

      Well, at least in the conversation. And too bad Graham didn’t get much time until late in the season.

    • Graham

      I thought Demeco would get strong consideration for sure, but then you think of all the mean NFC linebackers and understand why, Kuechley and Greenway were leading Demeco in tackles, then not to mention Willis and Bowman who both got the nod over him… As long as Mathis and Demeco know they were close and can sorta use it as motivation going into next year, that’d be alright. Obviously the voting process has it’s flaws

      • Johngiam

        I feel for Dameco not getting the nod. Mathis played for a historically bad offensive line, I have no problem with him not making it….Cox won’t be denied a pro bowl spot much longer. The kid is a star in the making…and if we have any brains we will bring in star Latululei to play next to him and create a disruptive force that will impact the entire defense

  • 1972

    the team stinks. No individual accolades for this group lol

    • BQNinja

      Because the Chiefs did so well with their 5 Pro Bowlers…

      • 1972

        lol great point.. Pop contest

  • xlGmanlx

    It’s a popularity contest, and usually teams that get the most nods are in the considered to make deep playoff runs. Been that way for years.