Donnie Edwards talked about the importance of making the Pro Bowl earlier this week:
"It's one of those things that before I finish my football career, it would be a nice honor and it would be nice to get some recognition for your play. If I don't make it, I'm not going let it get me down like it did before when I thought I should have gone. What I've learned over the years is that you can't worry about that. You have to continue to play the way you play, and as long as you are happy about the way you play, that's all that matters.
"This is my best year thus far. I've had some pretty big years. In 1999, I had five picks and three touchdowns."
How can anyone not agree? Look at the staggering numbers: Edwards leads the Chargers in tackles (108), interceptions (five), passes defensed (10) and defensive touchdowns (two, including one each on fumble and interception returns).
Looking deeper we find he is the 2nd best linebacker in the AFC defending the pass. He is number one in interceptions, in the top 15 in tackles and his two TD returns ties him atop the leaderboard.
Seau is 25th in tackles, 1.5 sacks despites being used heavily in blitz packages and has one interception to go with a respectable 7 passes defensed.
Edwards has shadowed every opponent's major offensive weapon. He has held Tony Gonzalez to three catches, stopped running backs on screen passes and flashed his sideline to sideline speed. This is the 6th year in a row he has surpassed the 100 tackle mark.
Yet Edwards remains humble and shows his leadership in yet another way.
"I'm not surprised at all. It's not up to me to decide. It's up to me to control what I do on the field, and I've been doing that. You can't worry about things you can't control. I've got something bigger to worry about this, and that's Kansas City. We're trying to get to the playoffs right now and we have to beat Kansas City."
Even Seau recognizes that Edwards should be in. Little does he know it would be him Edwards would replace.
"Donnie Edwards belongs in the Pro Bowl," said Seau. "He did a helluva job for us this year. He's a guy that came out here, and just one year into the program, he held this defense together. Things like this happen. Eventually, they won't be able to (forget) him."
"I certainly thought that Donnie was deserving of it," said Schottenheimer. "I've always believed that you really have to have a breakout year sometimes to get the attention of the people who vote. Then sometimes you don't play as well the following year but you get to go. We're happy that Junior and L.T. were selected, but our football team is trying to find a way to win a game."
Said ESPN.com's John Clayton: "Let's see ... he tied for the league lead with six interceptions. He stays on the field for every defensive play. After being used a man-to-man coverage guy against tight ends in Kansas City a year ago, Edwards returned to his favorite "Cover 2" scheme and had his best season as a pro. A Pro Bowl should have been attached to the ending of the season."
The fact is he should go for his performance this year and has shown over the past 5 seasons that he is worthy. He is the most underrated linebacker in the league again this year as he has been for the last 5 season. When will the voters finally realize this and vote him in on his merit?
Edwards Outright SNUBBED!!!
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