Is Nate Kaeding a Pro-Bowler? Yes and no. He is, but he really shouldn't be. I was planning on writing this as soon as Pro-Bowl teams came out, then forgot about it... and then yesterday happened. That he came up short on a 54 yard field goal is excusable... let's just ignore the fact that he had eight miles per hour of wind at his back. That's a TON of wind. Second, it speaks volumes of your kicking ability when your head coach doesn't have the confidence to let you kick a 47 yard FG in the 1st quarter (once again with the wind on your side). Well, enough of this 2 kick sample size. On to the real stuff:
Order: Player (TEAM): M/A; PCT; 0-30; 30-40; 40+; LG
M. Stover (BAL): 28/30; 93.3%; 12/13; 9/9; 7/8; 52
J. Elam (DEN):--27/29; 93.1%; 10/10; 10/10; 7/9; 51
N. Kaeding(SD): 26/29; 89.3%; 7/7; 11/12; 8/10; 54
Stover and Elam have both made more field goals than Kaeding, attempted either the same amount or just one more, and have higher kicking percentages. The breakdown by yardage reveals nothing sinister working against Kaeding.
So what gives? Let's pretend we're the voters for a minute. There are two things we love in life. Wins and clutchness. M. Stover and J. Elam both had one game winning FG apiece this year and Kaeding had 0. So... that leaves us with just the all-powerful stat of Wins, which is the only stat voters could have based their decision on.
Kaeding wins 14 to Stover's 13 to Elam's 9. Players, fans, and coaches who voted, you are retarded.