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Dick Vermeil
Former Head Coach

Dick Vermeil

Has won the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and multiple coaching accolades.

Peyton's Place Is In

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Just because Peyton Manning was voted the Pro Bowl starter, it doesn't necessarily mean he's the best quarterback in the AFC. But I think he deserves it. He doesn't have the same supporting cast as last year and as a result his numbers are down. Quarterback numbers always drop when the supporting cast leaves, but the Colts are winning, and Manning is the Colts.

At the same time, there's no question that Philip Rivers deserves to be an All Pro. He's among the top three in quarterback efficiency. But the voting doesn't necessarily reflect just this year's performance alone. Manning and Favre have earned their places through years of outstanding play. As long as they're not injured they deserve to be there every year.

In the NFC Kurt Warner was the right pick. People seem surprised, but his performance merits it. And what they forget is that he put up the same kind of numbers last year with a losing team.

The Pro Bowl voting system isn't perfect. As a coach I've had years where one player makes the team, and another player, who's having a better year, doesn't -- all coaches have. But the system is as good as it can be. Letting fans vote run the voting would ruin its credibility. Give Peyton his due, he's earned it.

By Dick Vermeil  |  December 17, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  | Category:  Dick Vermeil , Indianapolis Colts , Peyton Manning Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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