Two members of the Green Bay Packers got All-Pro nods. Both of them made the second team and they are probably not the two guys you would expect. They are safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and left tackle David Bakhtiari.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not make the cut, with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan garnering first-team status and New England’s Tom Brady getting the second-team nod. Rodgers finished third in the voting at quarterback with five. Ryan got 29 and Brady had 15.
That’s as good a sign as any that Rodgers likely will not be winning his third MVP award, either.
The All-Pro team is voted on by writers and broadcasters who cover the league, which makes it much more accurate in terms of who is having a great season than the popularity contest that is the Pro Bowl.
As such, it’s not surprising that Bakhtiari is an All Pro, but didn’t make the Pro Bowl. We felt he was the Packers’ biggest snub — no offense to Jordy Nelson — for the Pro Bowl. Bakhtiari has simply been one of the best left tackles in the game this season, as his All-Pro status now reflects.
As for Clinton-Dix, well, we didn’t even think he deserved to make the Pro Bowl, so…
He was obviously buoyed by his five interceptions, which ranked second among safeties. However, four of those came in two games. His 80 tackles ranked him third on the Packers (behind Morgan Burnett and Jake Ryan) and he had just one forced fumble and half a sack. Throw in repeated instances where Clinton-Dix demonstrated a complete lack of awareness that resulted in big plays for the opposition and it just doesn’t add up.
Maybe the safety position around the NFL has just been that underwhelming this year.