But that's the Bengals and we're concerned here with the Dolphins.
So let's run down the AFC selections with a quick analysis focusing on the Dolphins at those positions.
Analysis: Johnson and Jones-Drew were slam dunks, and it's hard to argue with Rice as well considering his 5.4 yards per carry and his big receiving totals. It was just too bad for Ricky Williams, whose performance was Pro Bowl worthy but just not good enough to get him past Rice.
Selection: Le'Ron McClain
Analysis: Polite got hosed. Plain and simple. Yes, McClain has rushed for more yardage, but he's also been given the ball more often. Polite should have been recognized for his fabulous work on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 and he's also a much better blocker than McClain.
Analysis: No problem with any of those choices. It was also pretty obvious no Dolphins players here had any shot.
Analysis: Again, tough to argue with those two, and the Dolphins actually got mediocre play out of this position this year.
Analysis: Three very good players, although the right tackles around the league might scream discrimination. Tennessee's Michael Roos might have had a gripe.
Analysis: This is a tough spot to evaluate because players don't play in space. Therefore, reputation really comes into play, and there are a lot of folks suggesting that Faneca made it on reputation. For the Dolphins, they've been rotating their guards in recent weeks, and that's not a recipe to get anybody to the Pro Bowl.
Analysis: No issue with either Mangold or Saturday. Dolphins center Jake Grove was playing very well through the first 10 games, but his season was sidetracked by an ankle injury sustained in the Nov. 19 game at Carolina.
Analysis: It's like Joey Porter said several weeks ago, it's all about the sacks. That's what makes it so difficult for a 3-4 defensive end to make the Pro Bowl. Freeney, Mathis and Williams made the Pro Bowl last year, too, and they all had good years rushing the passer, but Randy Starks probably had close to the same impact for the Dolphins than any of those guys. It also didn't help Starks' cause that he had no reputation coming in. If nothing else, he set himself up for making the team next year if he can have another big season.
Analysis: Hampton is a fabulous run stopper, but this really wasn't one of his best years. Dolphins nose tackle Jason Ferguson was effective when he played, but he battled injuries throughout the season until he went out for good in the Carolina game.
Analysis: Can't argue with the selections; it actually was nice to see Cushing recognized even though he's a rookie. As for the Dolphins, neither Joey Porter nor Jason Taylor were consistent enough to make the team.
Analysis: Lewis is at a point in his career where he's almost an automatic regardless of what he does, but he did have a good year. For the Dolphins, the play of Channing Crowder and Akin Ayodele was nowhere near Pro Bowl caliber.
Analysis: Bailey is one of the best cornerbacks of his generation, but he didn't have a great year and Cincinnati's Johnathan Joseph was more deserving. The Dolphins' two rookies might reach this level someday, but they've still got a little ways to go.
Analysis: Reed is a fabulous playmaker, but this wasn't one of his best years, still he made the team. For the Dolphins, Gibril Wilson struggled all year.
Selection: Brian Dawkins, Denver
Analysis: It wasn't a great year for strong safeties, and Dawkins was so good early in the season that he made a big impression in his first year in the AFC. Yeremiah Bell had a pretty solid season for the Dolphins, but he didn't produce enough memorable plays to overcome Dawkins' reputation.
Analysis: Lechler and Cribbs were absolute slam dunks, and it's hard to argue with either Kaeding or Osgood. Dan Carpenter is the only Dolphins special-teamer who seemed to have any kind of shot, but his numbers just weren't quite good enough.