Which Jets were snubbed from the Top 100?
Personally, I think Nick Mangold is the best Center in football…hands down. The Jets saw how vital he was to the team, when he went down with an injury during week 2 vs. Jacksonville.
The offense struggled significantly. It was difficult to run the rock. It was difficult to make adjustments off the line of scrimmage. It was difficult to plug in ANYONE other than Nick Mangold at Center. The Jets were in trouble.
In an interview, Mark Sanchez said that he got a little spoiled having Mangold at Center for every single snap in his first two seasons.
Nick Mangold is one of the “Core 4” on the Jets squad because he is so important to the team. Due to injury, Mangold must have been forgotten. But similar to Peyton Manning, Mangold showed how valuable he was when he was off the field…injured. Mangold wanted to keep his consecutive starts streak going, but the Jets were smart to rest him, and fortunate that he was able to return to the field quickly.
David Harris is another member of the Jets “Core 4”, and he’s a beast. So why did he miss out on this year’s list?
It’s understandable that Harris was snubbed in the Pro Bowl ballots because of the fan voting. It can be a popularity contest for fans, but I thought that David Harris would get a Top 100 vote from his peers. He is a respected player that is on the rise and had a big year last year. Harris had 4 interceptions (1TD), 5 sacks, and 88 tackles in 2011. Those numbers are gnarly, if you ask me. By the way, those 4 interceptions–tied for team lead. With who? Darrelle Revis.
David Harris may be the most underrated defensive player in the game today. As a Jets fan, I think he’s the most underrated Jet—given his importance to the team.
Harris is still young, so expect him to crack the list next year. He is in the prime of his career and big plays are inevitable for a MLB in a Rex Ryan defensive system.