Earlier this year Roger Goodell issues a veiled ultimatum to players by saying that the Pro Bowl might become extinct since players didn’t take last year’s game as seriously as he would have liked. So this year with an added emphasis on trying by players in this game, it’s find of ironic that the score almost climbed to the same number of total points it did last year all the same.
Yesterday, there were only two Jets representing the AFC in the Pro Bowl, but from watching the game last night the AFC’s 62-35 loss at the hands of the NFC, it’s hard to say much about the AFC team. Even in the loss, Cromartie started out playing well, earning praise from the commentators on baiting a few throws his way for defenses.
In the third quarter though, Cromartie was caught in coverage on a nine-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald, then there were two mistakes that Cromartie made on special teams. Cromartie dropped a pitch from Joshua Cribbs on a reverse during a kick-return which resulted in a fumble recovery by the NFC and then not long after Cro was offsides on a blocked field goal.
As for LaRon Landry, he had just one tackle for loss in a game where he wisely toned down his normal punishing style of defense. But in a game like this, aside from the odd pressure or pass defensed it’s hard for safeties to do too much and since Landry was used in the strong safety role, he didn’t have many big moments.
Cromartie and Landry might not have been named the MVP of the game, but that’s not the point. Pro Bowls are fun to watch because we get to see a bunch of very talented players on one team, along with one more chance to see every team’s best players one last time. Should those guys make some big plays, all the better, but what most fans want is for players to come out of the game without major injuries that will set them back for the following year.