Rex Ryan on admitted he was “kind of shocked” Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson wasn’t selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl.
The Jets are ranked number six defensively in the NFL overall but their record this year may have played a part.
Richardson was 2013 NFL defensive rookie of the year.
“If it kept him out of the Pro Bowl because some guy had X-amount of sacks, and that guy can’t hold his jock as a player, to be honest with you, I think that’s kind of strange to me,” Ryan said.
Rex Ryan did not name, names but said “I guess you guys will figure out who I’m talking about,” It is believed that Rex was referring to Rams rookie Aaron Donald.
Richardson, plays defensive end in the Jets’ 3-4 system, but both he and fellow D-end Muhammad Wilkerson were categorized as defensive tackles for Pro Bowl balloting purposes. Richardson, Wilkerson, running back Chris Ivory, and left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson are all Pro Bowl alternates.
A previously reported only center Nick Mangold made the initial cut of 86 players. It’s Nick’s sixth pro bowl as a Jet.
Richardson has a total of seven sacks in 15 games. Pro Football Focus grades him as the league’s second-best 3-4 defensive end behind the Texans’ J.J. Watt.
Richardson said his reaction was “too explicit for T.V.” after finding out he wasn’t chosen this year.
The defensive linemen selected to the Pro Bowl:
Bills’ Marcell Dareus (10 sacks)
Kyle Williams (5.5)
Rams’ Donald (eight)
Bucs’ Gerald McCoy (seven)
Chiefs’ Dontari Poe (six)
Lions’ Ndamukong Suh (eight).
Rex Ryan talked about the 2014 Jets season refusing to say what the team needed to be successful, “I think it’s obvious,” he told reporters in at his press conference after practice Wednesday afternoon in Florham Park.
But in measuring Richardson against Donald, Richardson has a better pass-rush grade (22.7 to 12.1), a better run-stop grade (20.2 to 15.3), per PFF.
The Jets also play Richardson in coverage occasionally, which Donald does not do. Richardson even scored a touchdown as a running back. It has been said that “He could play linebacker. He’s that good.”
Pro Bowl selections are based on votes by fans, players, and coaches. Rex Ryan said he has “a tough believing anybody who’s played against (him) never voted for him. Clearly, the guys missed on Sheldon Richardson, You’ve got to look at the big picture. I see the tapes. This guy deserves to be in there. There’s no doubt about it.”
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