Joe Thomas All Pro; Three Other Browns Get Votes


The Cleveland Browns season went better than most expected but ended with a thud. Joe Thomas, the long time staple of the Browns offensive line, seemed to have a down year. Watching games it seemed he had more penalties, more sacks given up and more blown blocking assignments. At the same time many analysts believed that Thomas was having his usual stellar season and was deserving of praise, not criticism.

It looks like they were right because today Thomas was honored as AP All Pro:

All Pro recognition is much more stringent than the Pro Bowl. The All Pro team is the best player at the position (plus an extra RB and either DL or LB). 12 on offense, 12 on defense and 3 special teams (Kicker, Punter and Returner).

That makes the other Browns players receiving votes also very meaningful. Only one rookie, Zach Martin, actually made the team while Joel Bitinio received some votes. With Thomas, Bitonio and the returning Alex Mack the Browns offensive line is in good shape for years to come.

The NFL has some great corners which makes it tough for Joe Haden to get the kind of high end recognition he deserves. He was beat out by big name, and big game, players in Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman.

For Tashaun Gipson the votes are recognition for the work he put in before being hurt. In 11 games he had 52 tackles and 6 INTs, including 1 returned for a TD. He ended up falling 1 short to the NFL leader Glover Quin, even though he missed 5 entire games.

Pro Football Talk has this as the list of all the players on the All Pro team:


Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay.

Running back: DeMarco Murray, Dallas; Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh.

Fullback: John Kuhn, Green Bay.

Tight end: Rob Gronkowski, New England.

Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; Dez Bryant, Dallas.

Offensive tackle: Tyron Smith, Dallas; Joe Thomas, Cleveland.

Offensive guard: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Zach Martin, Dallas.

Center: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.

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Defensive end: J.J. Watt, Houston; Mario Williams, Buffalo.

Defensive tackle: Ndamukong Suh, Detroit; Marcell Dareus, Buffalo.

Outside linebacker: Justin Houston, Kansas City; Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore.

Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Bobby Wagner, Seattle.

Cornerback: Darrelle Revis, New England; Richard Sherman, Seattle.

Safety: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Eric Weddle, San Diego.


Kicker: Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis.

Returner: Adam Jones, Cincinnati.

Punter: Pat McAfee, Indianapolis.

What do you think of Joe Thomas and other Browns receiving this honor? Are you surprised?