Why not Whitworth?
When 40-year-old Andrew Whitworth lines up at left tackle for the LA Rams, he faces a player who is younger than him each and every week. He has a Pro Football Focus grade of 84.8 this year, an incredibly impressive performance for a starting offensive left tackle, let alone one who is the oldest NFL offensive lineman. In 803 offensive snaps, he’s allowed just four quarterback sacks and committed just five penalties.
So who was voted in?
No Andrew Whitworth? Shame on you, NFL. Shame on you.
Whitworth was deserving too
San Francisco 49ers 33-year-old offensive left tackle Trent Williams is in. He has played 816 offensive snaps and committed five penalties and allowed just one quarterback sack. I’m okay with that selection
The other player who was voted in was 22-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs. He has played 981 offensive snaps and committed three penalties and allowed two quarterback sacks
The third and final offensive tackle to get in is 31-year-old Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith. While he is good, he only played 674 offensive snaps, but still committed six penalties and allowed two quarterback sacks. While Whitworth has missed one game, Smith has missed four games. Shouldn’t part of the criteria be about durability? Smith has been anything but durable over the past two seasons. In fact, he’s played in 12 of 30 possible games over the past two seasons.
What about LA Rams 40-year-old Whitworth? He has competed in 22 of 30 possible games in the past two seasons. And he’s been every bit as dominant on the left side of the offensive line as the younger guys. Let’s end the age discrimination in the NFL folks. Andrew Whitworth certainly deserves his Pro Bowl shot too.