A Different Kind Of All-Pro Team

December 31st, 2021


NFL writers have their All-Pro team. Billy Barnwell has his.

Barnwell, the follically-challenged stat nerd, isn’t going to be satisfied with whatever NFL writers come up with for their All-Pro team. So Barnwell cobbled together a list of his own.

And only one Bucs player makes Barnwell’s first team. That would be Bucs right tackle Tristan Wirfs.

This was the most difficult position because so many candidates don’t really qualify. Ryan Ramczyk has been out since Week 10. Jack Conklin played only four full games and suffered a season-ending injury. La’el Collins was suspended and didn’t get his job back immediately. Lane Johnson missed three games while he took care of his mental health. Braden Smith was out for six games. If there was a college-style preseason shortlist for the All-Pro team, all those guys would have been on it.

As it turns out, this ended up as a three-man race between the two guys above and the Rams’ Rob Havenstein. I went for Wirfs and O’Neill, who have both played every snap for their respective teams this season, ahead of Havenstein, who has missed two games. Statistically, there might be a slightly better case for O’Neill, who hasn’t allowed a sack, while Wirfs has allowed one and might be at least partially at fault for a second. By ESPN’s measures, though, O’Neill has allowed more pressures leading to incompletions than his Bucs counterpart. They’re both very good run blockers, so the difference between the two might amount to a coin flip.

The other player Barnwell refers to is Vikings tackle Brian O’Neill, who Barnwell picked for his second team.

On that second team two more Bucs offensive players joined the party: Tom Brady and Ryan Jensen.

The cool thing about Wirfs is in Wirfs has given up two regular-season sacks in nearly two years. And those two were by guys who may be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday, Khalil Mack and Cam Jordan.

Not too shabby in Joe’s eyes.

3 Responses to “A Different Kind Of All-Pro Team”

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Who did he pick for his top LT?

  2. Buczilla Says:

    Lol, one sack on how many pass blocking plays? This kid is obscenely good and another fantastic pick by Licht.

  3. Cleanhouse Says:

    It’s really beyond incredible how well he’s done.