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Default The APís All-Pro Voting Process Is a Joke

The APís All-Pro Voting Process Is a Joke

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In early January, the Associated Press announced its All-Pro team. The voting process is pretty simple: 50 voters select their top players at each position, and a first-team All-Pro squad is announced. The runners-up at each position are placed on the second-team, but that leads to some very odd results. If fans, teams, and Hall of Fame voters are going to put weight on a player being considered a 2nd-team All-Pro, then the voters should actually vote for both a first and second team. Simply naming the second vote getter (or third and fourth vote getters at positions with two starters) as the second-team All-Pro(s) invites significant abuses of the system.

Letís take a look at the detailed voting breakdown. Iíve bolded the first-team All-Pro(s) at each position, and italicized the second-team ďchoices.Ē

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Quarterback

Peyton Manning, Denver, 50.
This oneís pretty easy.

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Running Back

LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia, 48; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City, 47; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 1; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay, 1.
Did you hear that Eddie Lacy was a second-team All-Pro choice in 2013? Thatís because one voter ó presumably one in Wisconsin ó decided that Lacy was better than McCoy or Charles in 2013. And thatís it. Is Lacy, or for that matter, Peterson, a more-deserving choice as a 2nd-team All-Pro than Matt Forte, Marshawn Lynch, Alfred Morris, Knowshon Moreno, or DeMarco Murray? Who knows ó and thatís the point. The 2nd-team All-Pro honors going to Peterson and Lacy are essentially meaningless pieces of information. All we know is that 1 voter out of 50 decided that those two were top-2 running backs in 2013. Gregg Rosenthal noted that it was a shame that Forte was passed over for 2nd-team honors, and I agree with that sentiment. But Forte wasnít passed over in the literal sense: had the 50 voters actually selected a second-team pair of running backs, I suspect Forte would have been chosen.

Itís also worth noting that it appears as though 3 voters selected only one running back. Brilliant...
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