Falcons React to Pro Bowl Announcement

Falcons React to Pro Bowl Announcement

Jay Adams

Published December 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The last time the Falcons had such success during the regular season, they ended up sending nine players to the Pro Bowl. At 13-2 heading into the final week of the regular season and with the Pro Bowl rosters being announced Wednesday night, there was the prevailing thought that the Falcons would be well represented on the NFC team this year.

When the announcement came and the Falcons had three players — QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones and TE Tony Gonzalez — named to the roster, there was confusion from the media to Twitter to the Falcons locker room.

“I don’t know what it is. I don’t know if guys really weren’t paying attention to us and see how we’re playing this year. Our record shows it,” said defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, who’s one of a couple of players who got left out that could make a strong case for their inclusion. “I felt like a lot more guys should have went — special teams, too. It is what it is and we’ve got to continue to move forward. We’ve got bigger and better things going on this year besides worrying about Pro Bowls. We’re looking forward to getting into the playoffs and making a lot of noise.”

That’s the attitude the snubbed Falcons, and even the ones chosen to the Pro Bowl, took less than 24 hours after the announcement was made. The Falcons have much bigger goals this year than the Pro Bowl and they’re focused in on them.

Should the Falcons reach that bigger goal, they won’t be able to play in the Pro Bowl anyway. And that’s what they’re hoping for.

“I think what’s important is that we had guys that played at a Pro-Bowl level. That’s the most important thing because that makes a good football team,” Gonzalez said. “Yeah, you can make an argument for sure for a couple of guys on this team, but that’s the way it goes. Our goal as a team is to play in the big game at the end of the year anyway, so it’s obsolete anyway. Hopefully, it’s moot at the end of the year.”

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