throwback week



Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    RamWraith's Avatar
    RamWraith is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    Minnesota
    Age
    44
    Posts
    8,230
    Rep Power
    61

    Despite good stats, Holt can't catch Pro Bowl spot

    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Sunday, Dec. 26 2004

    But receiver probably will go because of Owens' injury

    Torry Holt led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards a year ago.

    Since the start of the 2000 season, he has more reception yards (7,177) than
    anyone in the NFL. So the track record and the name recognition are there.

    This season, Holt entered the weekend's games ranked among the NFL's top five
    receivers in catches (80) and yards (1,181).

    Yet, when the Pro Bowl berths were announced Wednesday, Holt was on the outside
    looking in. Only four receivers will represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl Feb. 13
    in Hawaii, and Holt finished fifth in the balloting behind Philadelphia's
    Terrell Owens, New Orleans' Joe Horn, Green Bay's Javon Walker and Carolina's
    Muhsin Muhammad.

    "I'm disappointed," Holt said. "That's one of my goals coming into the year.
    I'm disappointed when I don't make it."

    Holt started out relatively slowly this season, with only one 100-yard game and
    two touchdown catches in the Rams' first five games. But he has had six TD
    catches and four 100-yard contests since then.

    "I had been coming on of late, so I felt like I had a pretty good shot of
    making the Pro Bowl," Holt said. "I'm still trying to figure the formula, what
    it is I have to do to make the Pro Bowl on a consistent basis.

    "I'm also disappointed that Ike (Isaac Bruce) didn't make it. Ike's been
    playing well. A lot of people had him written off this year. But he played at a
    Pro Bowl-caliber level all year."

    A wrist injury and general wear and tear have limited Bruce to nine catches for
    82 yards over his last three games. Bruce's overall numbers (76 for 1,108
    yards) aren't much different from Holt's. But two lost fumbles in a Monday
    night loss to Green Bay and a relatively low touchdown total (four) probably
    hurt Bruce in Pro Bowl balloting.

    Undoubtedly, Bruce and Holt get hurt at Pro Bowl time by being on the same team
    - in terms of splitting votes and receptions.

    "If I was probably with Atlanta doing what I was doing, I would probably get
    in," Holt said. "If I was with someone else, I would get in. With us being on
    the same team, we probably cancel each other out.

    "But it's fine. It's over and done with. I'm very excited for the guys that
    have gotten in. Javon Walker, Muhsin, and Joe, and Terrell Owens. Those guys
    had terrific years as well."

    Holt has been noticeably better this year catching 50-50 balls, passes that are
    thrown into traffic.

    "I feel like I've been consistently getting better and better since I stepped
    into the National Football League," Holt said. "And not to be mentioned, and
    not to be up there considered as that Pro Bowl receiver year after year, that
    bothers me."

    Still, Owens' ankle injury probably will keep him out of the Pro Bowl and send
    Holt to Hawaii as first alternate.

    A start for Hargrove?

    Don't be surprised if rookie Anthony Hargrove opens tonight's game at right
    defensive end ahead of Bryce Fisher. Hargrove got most of the reps with the
    first unit in practice last week.

    If that's the case, the Rams will have two youngsters starting on their
    defensive line against 13-1 Philadelphia: Hargrove and tackle Jimmy Kennedy.
    Kennedy, last year's first-round pick, has started the past three games and
    played reasonably well.

    Hargrove, a third-round draft pick from Georgia Tech, was slowed by a stinger
    in his neck and shoulder area for several games around midseason. He also has
    missed time because of two concussions suffered while running down kickoffs.

    But he has shown flashes of run-stopping ability at end, and last week in
    Arizona he recorded his first sack. On the play, Hargrove forced a fumble by
    Josh McCown, with teammate Leonard Little scooping up the ball and racing 61
    yards for the only Rams touchdown.

    "I thought that was the spark we needed," Hargrove said. "I thought that might
    be the start of something big."

    Uh, no. The Rams lost 31-7.


  2. #2
    adarian_too's Avatar
    adarian_too is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    The Hollow
    Posts
    1,379
    Rep Power
    16

    Re: Despite good stats, Holt can't catch Pro Bowl spot

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Sunday, Dec. 26 2004

    Holt said. "And not to be mentioned, and not to be up there considered as that Pro Bowl receiver year after year, that bothers me."
    Just 'cuz you label yourself "Big Game" doesn't mean you proved you fit the bill. Quite the contrary this year in fact. Your co-workers called it like they see it, not how you see it. I doubt it will be a lesson, but it should be.

  3. #3
    SFCRamFan Guest

    Re: Despite good stats, Holt can't catch Pro Bowl spot

    False starts and dropped balls = no pro bowl. "Big Game" Holt has had fewer big games this year IMO to warrant a vote appearance. However, due to injuries around the league, he should get in through steady play, name recognition, and past performance...

  4. #4
    HUbison's Avatar
    HUbison is offline Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Kentucky
    Age
    40
    Posts
    13,706
    Rep Power
    145

    Re: Despite good stats, Holt can't catch Pro Bowl spot

    Quote Originally Posted by adarian_too
    Just 'cuz you label yourself "Big Game" doesn't mean you proved you fit the bill. Quite the contrary this year in fact. Your co-workers called it like they see it, not how you see it. I doubt it will be a lesson, but it should be.
    Nothing good can come from a self-proclaimed nickname. Torry, if someone else gives you a name, it means you earned it; if you give it to yourself, it just means you want it.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

Similar Threads

  1. Holt To Miss Pro Bowl
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: -01-15-2007, 08:27 AM
  2. Head Coach Scott Linehan--September 6, 2006
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: -09-06-2006, 07:38 PM
  3. Head Coach Scott Linehan--Sept. 1
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: -09-01-2006, 11:42 PM
  4. Holt: mild-mannered reporter
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: -02-01-2006, 10:32 PM
  5. A conversation with Torry Holt
    By RamWraith in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: -06-15-2004, 01:51 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •