Forte snubbed from All-Pro second team for Lacy
The Packers aren't done humiliating the Bears yet. This time, instead of having help from a poor Bears defense, they were aided by poor voting from the Associated Press.
The AP revealed its All-Pro team starters and second team Friday. Fifty voters elected the best players at each position.
The All-Pro running backs were the Eagles' LeSean McCoy and Chiefs' Jamaal Charles. The second-team players were the Vikings' Adrian Peterson and the….. Packers' Eddie Lacy?
That's right, as one of the leading candidates for offensive rookie of the year, Lacy compiled a first-year resume good enough to beat out Bears' tailback Matt Forte for the selection.
Or did he?
Forte ran the ball 289 times for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Lacy had 284 attempts for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
As for receiving, Forte caught 74 passes for 594 yards and three touchdowns. Lacy had 35 receptions for 257 yards and zero touchdowns.
The only major category Lacy surpassed his Bear counterpart was in touchdowns by two. However, Forte had 161 more yards rushing and more than doubled his receptions and receiving yards totals.
Let's not forget that Forte played all 16 games; Lacy missed one.
But the AP knows best, I guess. Apparently the two rushing touchdowns is more of a factor for running backs than what the player can do in both facets of the offense.
For what it's worth, Forte also outran Charles (1,287 yards) and Peterson (1,266 yards). He was also a better receiver than McCoy (52 catches, 539 yards).