New Orleans Saints: Demario Davis was the NFL’s biggest Pro Bowl snub
The New Orleans Saints had seven Pro Bowl selections, the most of any NFC team, and elite outside linebacker Demario Davis was not one of them.
There aren’t many snubs among Pro Bowl nominations this season. However, with seven selected to the game, the New Orleans Saints may have still been the most snubbed team. Marcus Williams, Demario Davis and Ryan Ramczyk all were not selected to the prestigious game taking place in Orlando, Florida.
Davis, an outside linebacker, may be the most notable snug. Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones, Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Shaquil Barrett were the three selected with Jones and Mack being named the NFC’s starters.
You can say what you want about Demario Davis, but he deserved to be a Pro Bowler. Davis, on the season, has 98 combined tackles, 77 of which were solo. He also has 11 pass deflections and 3.0 sacks.
He is a premier outside linebacker, and he’s among the best in the league at the position. It’s a shame that a player like Mack was selected over him. In a down year, Mack has 7.5 sacks and 42 combined tackles.
Outside of pure sacks, Davis has been the better player.
The same can be said of Davis vs Barrett. Barrett is one of the league’s premier rushers, but he has done little to limit the opposing team’s pressure over the middle. For Barrett, it’s tough to argue with league-leading 16.5 sacks.
Davis has shown an aptitude at tracking down quick running backs, making quality open-field tackles and rushing the passer. He has done just about everything the Saints have asked him to do, and it still wasn’t enough to top Mack, one of the league’s most notable defensive players.
The voters just aren’t a fan of Davis. Even back in 2017, when he led the league with 97 solo tackles, Davis failed to make the Pro Bowl.
In his second season with the Saints, he continues to improve in both his role and value, being an instrumental part of their 11-3 start.