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Mailbag: Sean Lee's Pro Bowl Snub? Correcting The Penalty Problems?

I couldn't be more disappointed that Sean Lee didn't make the Pro Bowl. To me, snubs like this totally taint the validity of the Pro Bowl. What can be done to improve the process?

Bryan: Sean Lee is not the first player to be snubbed for the Pro Bowl nor will he be the last. Fans and players have the vote so there are always going to be issues. My way to fix it – let the general managers and scouts vote on the teams. They're the ones watching the tape of all these teams and not just some selected games. I promise you that Will McClay and his staff could come up with better teams instead of the one we got on Tuesday.

David:Players are obviously experts in their fields, but it's crazy how little they see of the league outside their own team. Why would they? They're playing all day on Sunday, and then they're immediately on to the next opponent. The only thing they see other than their own film is the SportsCenter highlights. Fan interest drives the league, but fans are inherently biased toward their own team. I like Bryan's idea. There are literally teams of scouts on every team in the league who are paid to watch the rest of the league. They're the ones with the most informed opinions.

Please help me understand something.  When a team has penalties like the Cowboys did against the Bucs, how does a team go about changing that?  Do the coaches simply say 'quit doing that,' do the players go over film to see what they did wrong, do the coaches get them out on the field and go over technique or is anything even said about it?  Is it mental, physical; losing concentration, getting tired, what?

Bryan: They go over it on film. Vince Mayle sees that he was in terrible blocking position and when he does that he is going to get a flag against him. Doug Free sees himself grab the face mask and knows he is going to get flagged. In Mayle's case – he better correct that quickly or he is going to be standing on the sidelines in street clothes next to me.

David:It's a combination of all that stuff, but tape is probably the most important component. Teams only practice three times a week, and they have a limited number of padded practices – so it's not like you're getting a lot of opportunities at this on-field. Seeing your mistakes on film and making notes on how to correct them is probably your best bet. Now, taking those notes and applying them in the fourth quarter, when you're completely exhausted, is a different matter.


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