After a disappointing season, it should come as no surprise to note that the Pittsburgh Steelers were not particularly well represented on the AP All-Pro teams announced on Friday. A year removed from seeing four players voted as first-team All-Pro selections and one as a second-team selection, Maurkice Pouncey is the only player to receive the honor this year as part of the AP All-Pro second-team.
Voted for by a panel of 50 sports writers, Peter King highlighted just how flawed the voting process can be when he made a big show out of his decision to remove Antonio Brown from his ballot as a response to him missing the Steelers Week 17 game.
Perhaps the most notable slight for Pittsburgh this year is the exclusion of David DeCastro. Named first-team All-Pro in 2018, it is hard to see how his play declined this season given he did not allow a single sack in any of the 958 snaps he played in. It says a lot about the voting process that DeCastro’s votes this year were split between left and right guard, despite not playing even one snap at left guard all year.
The Associated Press 2018 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of 50 media members: Attached is the first team. pic.twitter.com/3BHTFoSr10— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 4, 2019
The Associated Press 2018 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of 50 media members: Attached is second team. pic.twitter.com/ivblUZ9Dzc— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 4, 2019
It would also appear that Brown has taken issue with his exclusion this year, although I personally have no idea what he is trying to say with his latest tweet.