Alternate for the Underachieving Wiley?

Marcellus Wiley is a second alternate for the 2003 Pro Bowl. Wiley again gets the benefit of reputation. He is not worthy of the honor even as an alternate.

Marcellus Wiley is tied with rookie linebacker Ben Leber for second on the team with five sacks and has 131 tackles, one interception, four passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Given the fact that he missed games due to groin and abdominal injuries he has not been the force from the outside this season prompting him to say before last week:

"It's been pretty devastating, as far as how I've felt," he said. "Just the fact that I can't run and do the things that I want to do to my standards – and my standards are pretty high. I only compare myself to the person I learned from, and since I learned from the greatest ever in Bruce Smith, those standards are tough to live up to."

Wiley is also a leader on defense but has realized he has been behind the eight ball all season. He is a vocal member at practice often entertaining and always quick witted. It is how you respond on the field that defines your year for most NFL athletes.

"My hot dog needs some catch-up, and I've got three weeks to get caught up," said Wiley before the Buffalo game.

Even Wiley knew he was not performing up to expectations. How could anyone else not see it? Unless they are not even watching the games.

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