Bethel falls off Pro Bowl list

Posted by Darren Urban on December 18, 2013 – 5:21 pm

Justin Bethel is having a Pro Bowl season on special teams and deserves a spot in Hawaii. And with two-thirds of the Pro Bowl vote coming from players and coaches that is still possible. But Bethel isn’t getting any help from the fan vote. Despite his excellent year — and to be fair, a special teams player rarely has a ton of recognition outside his home city — Bethel has now fallen out of the top 10 among special teams players. Bethel had been in the top 10 in votes every week until now.

That’s the second Cardinal to lose his place on the top 10 list. Tyrann Mathieu was taken out of the free safeties list after he was placed on injured reserve.

Voting ends Dec. 26. Click here for a ballot.

Three Cardinals are still in the top 10. Darnell Dockett remains 10th among defensive tackles, Karlos Dansby is ninth for inside linebackers (although Bengal and former ASU star Vontaze Burfict is only 110 votes behind) and cornerback Patrick Peterson remains third and a likely Pro Bowler.

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6 Responses to “Bethel falls off Pro Bowl list”

  1. By John A. on Dec 18, 2013 | Reply

    That doesn’t make sense but still Deion or Jerry Rice will decide who gets in any ways.

  2. By Mike G on Dec 18, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–The vote for Pro Bowl has become a popularity contest. The fans of the big city teams just vote for their own players or just listen to the mass media stations like Espn and the NFL Network who have an agenda and favor the big market teams. Why–because that’s where the $$$ comes from. Fans on the East coast don’t even know or appreciate the Cardinal’s players. Bethel is great at covering kicks and is also a weapon coming off the edge in blocking punts or FGS. Maybe your blog above will be a good luck charm–hope he has a big game in Seattle this weekend. Really looking forward to the game–hope the Card’s have a good week of practice. Darren–Are you surprised at the great production of the Cards linebackers this year???? Especially after losing Acho and Alexander to injuries. Bowles and the D-staff has just done a great job!!!!

  3. By Eric G on Dec 18, 2013 | Reply

    Need proof that pro bowl voting is a joke? Abraham isn’t on the list. ’nuff said.

  4. By clssylssy on Dec 19, 2013 | Reply

    Outside of Arizona, I don’t think a lot of people are familiar with Justin Bethel as they are so focused on their own teams and if a player isn’t a household word then he’s kinda just “that amazing guy on the Cards Special Teams”–not a lot of name recognition yet. John Abraham IS on the ballot but they seem to change where players are listed in a category and sometimes you have to hunt to find them. I know a lot of people think the Probowl is a waste of time however, it is part of football tradition and I, for one, have always enjoyed watching the players from the Divisions go up against each other; last year’s was very good. I do wish they would go back to the original format of having players from each division make up opposing teams and play the game after the Superbowl to allow those players to be represented. In most industry awards there is no fan voting (the SAG AWARDS, EMMYS, etc) and the way the NFL has structured the Probowl seems like a thinly veiled marketing attempt whose project success is debatable.
    With the NFL changing so much about football it would be nice if Mr. Goodell would get a clue and leave some things as they were–profit or not. We don’t need an award to know we have some of the best players in the NFL both on and off the field. Larry Fitzgerald was just voted #1 on FOOTBALL NATION’S, “Top Ten NFL Players on Santa’s Nice List”! Now THAT’S something to be proud of! Way to go Fitz! These are ten players that show that it’s possible to be a nice guy without being an ignorant bully and have success in the NFL… and we have a whole team of others deserving for such honor following in his footsteps! CARDINAL RED ALL YEAR, NOT JUST A CHRISTMAS COLOR!

  5. By jstn on Dec 19, 2013 | Reply

    I admire the cards and the org. went to both seahawks and 49ers site neither have any holiday gift or food drives I could find compared to the 4 ive seen cards players done already, Calais and Darnell big props to you and your fellow team members. After seeing your charity and heart I would have to say the holiday spirit will gift you all a Playoff spot. Its hard to win against super stars but even harder to win against super men especially when those men are full of good like the Cardinals players all are. GOOOO Cards!!!!

  6. By Cards Fan on Dec 25, 2013 | Reply

    Yes, most every coach can see what your doing, especially the one pass against the Seahawks, where you threw the ball down instead of to Fitz. You have Been doing that all season! Maybe one of these days you will put the team in front of your jealousies and ego!

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