San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips was added to the Pro Bowl on Monday. It is Phillip’s first Pro Bowl appearance. He had 11 sacks and he was a big part of the NFL’s No. 1 ranked defense.
“It’s huge just because of the fact that I know the work I put in,” Phillips said in a statement released by the team. “In my eyes, I try to play at a Pro Bowl level every year. It’s just good. It will give me additional motivation to keep working and never be satisfied.”
ESPN.com’s Page 2 has a terrific look at how team salaries compared to their win/loss records. The Broncos didn’t fare well. They were ranked No. 31 in the NFL. The Broncos spent a lot of money for four wins, which is another indictment on the failed Josh McDaniels’ era.
Al Davis’ shot at Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson, who is on the NFC Pro Bowl roster and was named second-team All-Pro on Monday, did not play well in Detroit. I think Davis should be careful what he says. Johnson would look pretty good in an Oakland uniform. He’d look much better in the Silver and Black than JaMarcus Russell -- whom Davis took over Johnson with the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 -- ever did.
The Marvin Lewis-Chad Ochocinco spat is continuing. Why is this important in the AFC West? Because if he is let go in Cincinnati, Ochocinco could emerge in Oakland. He played for new Oakland head coach Hue Jackson in the past and the Raiders have a need for a veteran receiver. Ochocinco said he would like to play for the Jets after saying he’d play for New England. He has also said he’d like to play for Jackson again. Yes, Ochocinco appears focused on doing what it takes not to be in Cincinnati in 2011.
If the Broncos want to hire Green Bay defensive line coach Mike Trgovac as defensive coordinator they must wait until after the Super Bowl, on Feb. 6. Trgovac was the defensive coordinator in Carolina for six years under new Denver coach John Fox. The Broncos interviewed New Orleans secondary coach Dennis Allen for the job Friday. In addition to Denver’s defensive coordinator job, other key coaching openings in the AFC West are the offensive coordinator job in Kansas City and the defensive coordinator job in Oakland.