JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 02: Daryl Smith #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage after making an interception during a game against the New Orleans Saints at EverBank Field on October 2, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Each year when the NFL Pro Bowl is announced there is always a legion of pissed off fans about certain players who didn't make it for their respective teams. For the Jacksonville Jaguars and a team that's 4-11, it's hard to get too upset at only one player, Maurice Jones-Drew, making the squad. The Jaguars however do have some players that should have been at least alternates for the Pro Bowl that weren't.
On the offensive side of the ball, I felt like guard Uche Nwaneri played at a Pro Bowl level this year. He did have a game in which he was flagged for three holding penalties, which likely killed his chance, but overall he's had an excellent season. Left tackle Eugene Monroe also had an excellent year, rebounding from an injury. His play likely kicked in too late to reach the ballot and left tackle is typically a "name" position with the same players year in and year out.
The Jaguars still have a top five ranked defense, despite the slew of injuries suffered. Unfortunately, not a single player on the defense made the team as an alternate. Linebackers Paul Posluszny and Daryl Smith have been major cogs for the Jaguars defense and both have played at a high level all season long. Smith especially, as he's had arguably his best season ever. The Jaguars linebackers lack the "sexy" stats, however. One or both of Posluszny and Smith should have at least been alternates.