The 2018 Pro Bowl rosters were announced yesterday, and for the first time since 1997 no Colts were selected. But did anyone really deserve to go?
The Colts have not been very successful on the field this year, only amassing a disappointing 3-11 record. They currently hold a top 5 pick in the upcoming draft. The fans and the rest of the league noticed the lack of talent.
The Colts have no one selected to the Pro Bowl roster for the first time in 20 years. The lack of team success has hindered the ability for any one player to get recognition. While T.Y. Hilton was selected the last three years, he has been left off of this year’s list. His stats haven’t been up to par this year, as he is only 19th in receiving this year.
Without Andrew Luck slinging the ball around and threatening opposing secondaries, the Colts are lacking skill players with stats good enough to be selected to the Pro Bowl. And when an offensive line allows their quarterback to get his as much as the Colts’ line does, it’s hard pressed to find a Pro Bowl caliber player on the offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Colts have certainly had their struggles. Whether that is because of a lack of talent or injuries, it doesn’t change the fact that the unit hasn’t produced well all season. There hasn’t been any player who has stood out above the struggles.
On special teams, Adam Vinatieri has the best case of anyone on the team. But even he hasn’t been as effective as other kickers across the league. The punter, Rigoberto Sanchez, has been good but not great. The Colts don’t have a dynamic return man to get the nod either.
The Colts don’t really have a player that would take the place of any one of the other players selected.
The Colts didn’t have a lot of individual standouts this year. They hope to change that next season and start a new Pro Bowl selection streak.