Sebastian Janikowski Gets Second Pro Bowl Snub

Nate Kaeding, the “mentally weak” All-Pro place kicker for the San Diego Chargers, has pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to a groin injury. His roster spot will be filled by Dan Carpenter of the Miami Dolphins.

Once again, Sebastian Janikowski has been over looked.

From a distance, Carpenter’s numbers look good but when compared to Janikowski’s, there is a striking difference in class.

Carpenter, like Seabass, only missed three field goals all year long. However, upon closer examination, you’ll notice that Carpenter’s longest make of the year was 52 yards – a mere chip shot for Janikowski.

Carpenter attempted just two kicks from 50-yards or longer while Janikowski converted an unreal six of eight attempts from the same distance, including his 61-yard bomb in the freezing cold of Cleveland in December.

The only area where Carpenter has the edge on Jano is in extra points. Janikowski was a perfect 17 of 17, while Carpenter converted 37 of his 38 PATs. Last time I checked, the kickers have nothing to do with how often their respective teams find the end zone.

While the Pro Bowl continues to spiral downward into the most over hyped scrimmage in football, it is still an honor for those selected and equates to a nice cash bonus plus a trip to Miami for the chosen. All in all, it is a reward for a season of hard work.

Considering that Carpenter is just a sophomore in the NFL and Jano is 10 years deep into his pro career, it becomes even more insulting.

Of course, Janikowski is a free agent and will surely collect a lot more dead presidents in the coming years than Carpenter. I’m guessing that a record contract for a place kicker will be a pretty nice reward for the amazing season Sebastian put together. But an all expense paid trip to South Beach would have been pretty sweet too.

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  • moshbucket

    And you even left off touchbacks. 17 to 7, and he kicked off a lot less.

  • Slam

    The fact that the Raiders only scored 17 TD’s is beyond comprehension.

    Jano is an unrestricted free agent; the only way he stays is if Davis gives him Shane Lechler dollars.

    It will be interesting to see what happens.

  • SR Raider

    actually, if there is no CBA this year, the Raiders can put a transition tag on Jano and match any offer that other teams make. if there is a CBA, which is unlikely, then he’s a UFA. either way Jano will get a well-deserved pay raise.

  • Raider Ray

    I don’t think Jano minds being a Raider. They drafted him the first round. No one else would have. They gave him good money for a kicker. They stuck with him when he missed a lot of important kicks early in his career. Sure now, he’s really good, but he was pretty average up until a few years ago. I think he gives the Raiders first shot no matter what happens. And they deserve his loyalty in this case.

  • jake

    This will be a test for Al and his philosophy of paying money to good players…Jano, should be the highest paid kicker in the NFL based on his 10 years experience and his kicking results, but sometimes the Raiders would rather sign a 4.3 cornerback for millions and allow a quality player like Jano to move on. I hope Al doesn’t mess around with Jano’s signing and show how much he is appreciated playing for a team that that has been terrible for 8 years which has reduced Jano’s opportunity to really shine in the NFL. He can break the nfl longest field goal with ease, but I have my doubts that he will ever be in the position to do it. Jano is consistency which we have lacked for a long time, its time to pay Jano not for just doing his job but for staying in support of the Raiders from day one. I’m pulling for you Jano, I just hope they make it right at the pay window. Let all Raider fans watch how this plays out. It should of been done by now, so there is some apprehension on what they are going to do. Everyone knows what the kickers are getting paid..come on Raiders, pay him now and quit f##king around with the guy. He is entitled to the money. It’s time to pay up…..

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