Here is a Tale of Two Snubs.
Reshad Jones is almost certainly the best safety in football. His 2015 season has been one to remember despite the fact that Miami has been a raging tire fire for most of the season with two different defensive coordinators and a pair of head coaches. That being said, he is among the league leaders in tackles, and not just for the position. Outside of Eric Weddle, Will Hill and Harrison Smith, no one came close to playing the run as well as he did.
"I probably won't play in it at this point, because it's funny to me," Jones said, referring to the opportunity to get in as an alternate. "My numbers are crazy, outright better than all those guys. I shouldn't have to be an alternate. So I don't want to play the game as an alternate player."
He later went back on that comment a bit, tweeting at a Dolphins beat reporter to say that he had humbled himself. Still, the sentiment was there and he shouldn't be embarrassed about getting heated. He was not alone.
Unless of course you are our second snub, Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson is seventh in receiving yards (1,141), tied for first in touchdowns (13), and is averaging almost 17 yards per catch; a staggering number for a player with more than 55 catches that puts him in the T.Y. Hilton stratosphere this season.
"Sometimes that's how things play out," said Robinson, via ESPN.com. Robinson was named an alternate.
Stories like this populate the league in the days following the announcement, but players like Jones and Robinson are so often the victims we feel sorry for the most. Jones is playing on an awful team that people automatically gloss over because of their record and general dysfunction -- how would we know Miami has the best safety in football?
Robinson is playing on a team that has made leaps and bounds, but a team that has not yet been recognized for their high-flying offense.