While it does not have the allure of the MLB or NBA All-Star Games, the Pro Bowl still is a great honor for players to receive to recognize their hard work. It is by no means a fail-proof way to measure the value of players, but it is nice to see the Chargers who have put in the hard work get a little something for their efforts.
The league announced its Pro Bowlers on Wednesday and there were only two players from the Bolts that made the team: safety Derwin James and edge rusher Khalil Mack. There were various alternates for the Bolts, some of which probably should have earned the nod.
It happens every year because the Pro Bowl is inherently flawed, but there are several Chargers who were robbed of an honor that they worked hard for this season.
2 Chargers who were ridiculously snubbed from the Pro Bowl:
1. Drue Tranquill
The fact that Drue Tranquill did not even get the honor of being an alternate is pretty disgraceful. Say what you will about James and Mack, but Tranquill has probably been the team's best defensive player this season. He has certainly been the most consistent and seems to make 1-2 huge plays a game that shifts the entire outlook.
It has been a career year for Tranquill and he has the numbers to back it up. Entering Week 16, Tranquill has 118 combined tackles with four sacks, four pass breakups, a forced fumble and an interception. Only four other players in the league have 100+ combined tackles with four sacks and four pass break-ups: Derwin James, Roquan Smith, Bobby Wagner and Devin White.
Tranquill simply is not a household name, hence why he got snubbed over some more popular players. Chargers fans certainly recognize the hard work that he has put in this season.