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McCoy says Pro Bowl ballot is 'unfair,' to snubbed David



Bucs linebacker Lavonte David was among the biggest Pro Bowl snubs again this year, earning mention only as a first alternate.

His teammate, defensive end Gerald McCoy, who is making his fourth straight to the NFL all star game in Hawaii, can't take it anymore.

David was an All Pro in 2013 and generally considered one of the best in the game, but he has never earned a spot on the Pro Bowl team in part because of a flaw in the balloting system.

The Patriots' Jamie Collins and the Panthers' Thomas Davis are the only true 4-3 outside linebackers named to the Pro Bowl team. The Chiefs Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, along with the the Broncos' Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, would play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme because they are primarily edge pass rushers. But because they play in 3-4 schemes, they are considered outside linebackers for ballot purposes and were named to the Pro Bowl.

"I got to speak up about something. I think it's terrible what's happening to Lavonte right now,'' McCoy said. "He's easily the best at what he does. He's had a million tackles, three picks,. one for a touchdown, forced fumbles, two sacks -- I mean, he's been the most dominant at his position probably since 2013. It's got to stop. It's very unfair what's happening to him and seriously, if I could trade places with him, I would. He more than deserves to be in the Pro Bowl. I believe he will be an All Pro. But what's happening to him is unfair.

"It's how I feel about it. He's the best. I think he got played and he should be in there, bottom line.''

McCoy said he is not taking anything away from the players who made the team this season, he just believes it should've been at another position.

"Everybody works hard to get where they're at, but the system is flawed, man,'' McCoy said. "You've got to break that down or split that up. There's no way he can keep getting treated unfairly like this because he's a true 4-3 outside linebacker. I mean, if you ask me, he's the best at being that. But he keeps getting played, man. Something has to be done.''



[Last modified: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 1:41pm]


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