There was plenty of love to go around the Chiefs Kingdom for starting quarterback Alex Smith and middle linebacker Derrick Johnson.
That would be because both of them are now going to the Pro Bowl in place of players who needed to drop out. Johnson, going to his third straight Pro Bowl, is replacing San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman after the 49er tore his ACL and PCL during the NFC Championship Game. Smith, going to his first Pro Bowl, is replacing Tom Brady after Brady dropped out following New England’s loss in the AFC Championship Game.
Ever since the announcement, plenty of Chiefs fans have been rolling out the congratulation carpet for the ninth and tenth Kansas City Pro Bowlers, as well as expressed their joy for so many Chiefs being on the Pro Bowl roster.
— Colby Davis (@ChiefsRoyalsFan) January 21, 2014
I LOVE THIS NEW PRO BOWL FORMAT. 10 chiefs players so you know Alex smith with be throwing against Eric Berry with Hali/Houston comin at him
— Leibniz (@DaltynZimmerman) January 21, 2014
— nicolejc0 (@nicolejc0) January 21, 2014
The Chiefs now have 10 Pro-Bowl players! Represent!
— Miles (@Whos_Miles) January 21, 2014
— ♕ Jack In Her Box ♐ (@Its_TreyDay) January 21, 2014
Now while there were certainly plenty of joyous tweets, a few decided to break out the snark.
Alex smith added to Pro Bowl roster. That makes 10 total for the Chiefs. And we still can’t win a playoff game. Unbelievable…
— Landon Boyer (@lboyer0) January 21, 2014
A full 20% of the Chiefs are going to the Pro Bowl. It’ll take a full hundred to win a playoff game, I think.
— erik gratton (@TotallyKidding) January 21, 2014
The chiefs sent 10 guys to the pro bowl. I love Andy but I’m just sayin. Ten pro bowlers and no playoff win
— Drew Bellus (@dr_dre_w) January 21, 2014
So yeah, while the Chiefs would rather still be playing and have their players not participating, Johnson and Smith make it a franchise record 10 Pro Bowlers for Kansas City. No matter what the end result of a season was, that’s something to be proud of.
With all of the talent on the roster, how will the team manage the salary cap for next year?