The NFL’s Pro Bowl selections are to be announced Friday night. But with the Washington Redskins on a seven-game losing streak and in last place in the NFC East with a record of 3-12, the team’s players said they weren’t expecting to have an abundance of Pro Bowlers.
“I don’t know…. Given the season we had, [it’d be] hard to be disappointed” by being passed over, left tackle Trent Williams said. “To be looked at as tops at your position, you’ve got to at least win. We haven’t won. So if you’ve got to put in overall team play into the decision process and the voting, nah, I wouldn’t be disappointed. But we’ll see. It’s gonna be interesting.”
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon leads the league with his 107 catches, a single-season team record. He seems to have a strong Pro Bowl case.
“Shoot, when you lead the league in catches, I guess, you know—when you lead the league in anything, I guess that’s the top of the league,” Garcon said after Friday’s practice at Redskins Park. “So I guess that kind of helps. But it’s not really—it’s all about team record, votes and, you know, whoever votes for you. But the Pro Bowl doesn’t matter that much. Wins and playoff wins and what you do in the playoffs really matters more.”
Garcon said the selections didn’t particularly matter to him.
“Nah, I’m gonna be the same old guy,” he said. “It doesn’t matter.”
Tailback Alfred Morris is fifth in the league with his 1,213 rushing yards.
“I don’t care about that,” Morris said Friday. “I didn’t make it last year. If I make it this year, [it’s] nice. If I don’t, I’m not gonna care…. I don’t know. I just want to win, man.”
Williams was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team last season but didn’t play in the game after being injured in a nightclub incident.
Under this year’s new Pro Bowl format, players will be selected for the game without AFC and NFC affiliations being considered. Players later will be drafted onto two teams for the game.
Among Redskins defensive players, linebacker Brian Orakpo has 10 sacks and cornerback DeAngelo Hall has four interceptions and has scored three touchdowns. Linebacker London Fletcher has reached four straight Pro Bowls and has said he is 99 percent certain he will retire after this season.