Last season it was easy to promote Vikings players for Pro Bowl honors because the team was having so much success and many players were having sensational seasons. This season the team is not having as much success, but there are still players who are having sensational seasons.
And they deserve to be promoted for Pro Bowl honors.
One of those players is LB Chad Greenway, who has improved each season in his 5-year career and is having his best campaign this season. Greenway currently leads the Vikings in tackles with 112 – including 7 for a loss – and he ranks 1st in the NFC and 3rd in the NFL in tackles as well. In 7 of the Vikings 11 games this season, Greenway has been the leading tackler and in the other 4 games he’s ranked 2nd on the team in stops; he also has a fumble recovery.
“He’s having a Pro Bowl season,” Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday. “I hope he gets the attention he deserves; he’s having a great season.”
Greenway might actually not be getting the attention he deserves. Part of the reason could be the team’s 4-7 record. But I think another reason he’s gone underappreciated on a national stage is the lack of “impact” plays, such forced fumbles, fumble recoveries and INTs. He recorded a season-high 14 stops against the Detroit Lions in Week 3 and he’s had double-digit tackles 7 times this season. But with those impressive numbers, he doesn’t have an INT. Last season Greenway led all LBs in turnovers (3 fumble recoveries, 3 INTs).
Unfortunately last year’s stats don’t count for this year.
Maybe the INTs are coming, though. While speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Frazier said one of the biggest areas of improvement for Greenway this season is his pass coverage.
“His pass drops have really, really improved,” Frazier commented, “and that was an issue early in last season. But now, no, he’s much improved.”
Regardless of his Pro Bowl prospects, Greenway is a defender Frazier is clearly grateful to have on his team.
“He’s such a hard worker and a guy who is so passionate about football,” Frazier explained. “He loves the game. Chad is one of those guys you wouldn’t mind having 53 of. He loves the game and he works extremely hard and on top of that he’s talented. You combine that, you’ve got a pretty good football player and he’s having a great year.”
Fan voting for this year’s Pro Bowl is open and you can cast your votes for Greenway and other Vikings by clicking here.
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