The Baltimore Ravens are sending four of their players to the Pro Bowl. Zach Orr has been one of the best linebackers in football and he’s not one of them.
Zach Orr was snubbed. It is just that simple. The Baltimore Ravens leading tackler and it isn’t even close. With 85 tackles to his name and 39 assisted tackles, Orr has been a head hunter on the football field. The Ravens have had the number one rushing defense all season long and Orr may be the number one reason for it.
C.J. Mosley made the Pro Bowl and deservedly so. The third year linebacker is playing great football and is a true difference maker. Mosley however isn’t having the kind of season that Orr is. Mosley has 48 total tackles with 24 assisted tackles. Interceptions are the only statistical category in which Mosley is out producing Orr and it’s only by one.
Mosley is a first round pick out of Alabama. He is a household name and the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest. Orr was an undrafted free agent from North Texas who came into the year competing for Daryl Smith’s old job. Both of the Ravens linebackers have been fantastic and both a Pro Bowl worthy. The fact that Mosley is in and Orr isn’t is a problem though.
The Ravens have four awesome players heading to the Pro Bowl. Marshall Yanda and Justin Tucker are arguably the best players at their positions. Kyle Juszczyk is one of the few fullbacks in the NFL that really makes a difference. I’d argue that Tucker is the only Ravens player more deserving than Orr. From a production standpoint Orr is bringing it.
The Bottom Line:
Orr has the sixth most tackles in the NFL and he is not in the Pro Bowl. That’s like a summer Snowball stand not having chocolate as a flavor. It just doesn’t make any sense. Orr is one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs in NFL history. He is a classic example of what is wrong with Pro Bowl voting. Orr has performed at a Pro Bowl level and he was left off the ballot. Eric Weddle was also deserving of a Pro Bowl nod, but that’s a conversation for a different post.