Late For Work 12/17: Pro Bowl Voting Sneak Peak

Plus Ray Rice MVP talk, where Adalius Thomas will land and Holmgren’s Browns offer.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 9:02 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Pro Bowl Voting Sneak Peak

With fans’ opportunity to vote for 2009 Pro Bowlers coming to an end in just four days (Dec. 21), the NFL is making a final call for last-minute input. To provide a little extra motivation, results to date were released.

Here is an update on where Ravens players stand:

  • ILB Ray Lewis – first, 308,999 votes
  • S Ed Reed – first, 289,069 votes
  • FB Le’Ron McClain – first, 160,915 votes
  • OLB Terrell Suggs – third, 151,589 votes
  • OT Michael Oher – third, 140,936 votes
  • DT Haloti Ngata – third, 209,668 votes
  • C Matt Birk - third, 134,821 votes
  • TE Todd Heap - fourth, 100,441 votes
  • RB Ray Rice - fourth, 280,457 votes
  • S Dawan Landry - fifth, 26,421 votes
  • I remember during the offseason, CBS Sports started the “Most Fierce NFL Mascot” competition. Poe was seeded in the No. 16 slot, but once www.baltimoreravens.com and its Flock members caught wind of the contest, their votes catapulted Poe to the championship.

    Everybody has a different motivation behind their Pro Bowl votes, but if you feel for any reason Suggs, Oher, Ngata, Rice or any other Raven deserves to be in that Pro Bowl let the NFL know.

    Fans’ balloting counts for one-third of the makeup of the all-star rosters, with coaches’ and players’ votes getting the other shares.

    Since the Ravens became an organization in 1996, 23 different Ravens have made the Pro Bowl.

  • S Eric Turner
  • QB Vinny Testaverde
  • T Jonathan Ogden
  • LB Ray Lewis
  • S Bennie Thompson
  • DE Michael McCrary
  • RS Jermaine Lewis
  • LB Peter Boulware
  • S Rod Woodson
  • K Matt Stover
  • DT Sam Adams
  • TE Shannon Sharpe
  • TE Todd Heap
  • LB Adalius Thomas
  • S Ed Reed
  • CB Chris McAlister
  • RB Jamal Lewis
  • LB Terrell Suggs
  • LB Bart Scott
  • QB Steve McNair
  • RB Willis McGahee
  • LB Brendan Ayanbadejo
  • FB Le’Ron McClain
  • Ray Rice for MVP?

    NFL Fanhouse put together a list of non-quarterback MVPs and Ravens running back Ray Rice made the offensive list at No. 3 behind Titans running back Chris Johnson and Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson.

    “Ray Rice [is] not as fast as Chris,” said blogger Dave Goldberg, “which makes him less scary to some teams. Actually, he’s very scary. He has 1,041 yards on the ground on a team with a three-headed running game and 68 catches (one more than SIDNEY Rice) for 652 yards. Sort of a Tiki Barber clone — he’s from just outside New York City and went to Rutgers, so he saw plenty of Tiki and might approach his combined yardage total, second-best ever, of 2,390. Maybe not this season, but soon.”

    Would Adalius Thomas Return to Baltimore?

    With Patriots outside linebacker Adalius Thomas’ recent troubles with head coach Bill Belichick, The Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston wonders what his next move might be. If Thomas were to move on from New England, Preston thinks that instead of returning to Baltimore, he might opt for the Jets to reunite with former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

    Holmgren Offered Cleveland Job

    The Cleveland Browns have offered their top football personnel job to former Seattle Seahawks coach and general manager Mike Holmgren, according to WKYC-TV in Cleveland via the National Football Post.

    Per the report, Holmgren has yet to accept the position. NFL.com asserts that, should Holmgren accept the position, it would spell the end of Eric Mangini’s brief tenure as the Browns’ head coach.

    The organization has been widely silent about the interview process, but Mangini did offer a few words about Holmgren’s visit.

    “I think this visit was something designed for both sides to get to know each other, and that’s what it was,” Browns coach Eric Mangini said via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I thought it was a good conversation. He is obviously very talented as a coach. It was a good, positive conversation.

    “We talked about a lot of things, the team, different aspects of the season, things like that. I’m not going to go into the play-by-play of it.”

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