Adrian Peterson, J.J. Watt unanimous selections to NFL’s All-Pro team
6th All-Pro team for Denver’s Manning
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It’s unanimous, on both sides of the ball.
Vikings 2,000-yard man Adrian Peterson and Texans pass-swatting end J.J. Watt were unanimous choices for the Associated Press All-Pro team announced Saturday.
Peterson, who came within 9 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s season rushing record, and Watt, who led the NFL with 20½ sacks, were selected by all 50 members of a nationwide panel of media members who cover the league.
Peterson is a three-time All-Pro, while Watt represents lots of new blood. He’s among 17 players making their All-Pro debuts.
Peyton Manning made his sixth team, the previous five while quarterbacking Indianapolis. He led Denver to the AFC’s best record, 13-3.
Also chosen for the sixth time was Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, who moved into second place on the career receptions list. San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis made it for the fifth time in his six pro seasons.
The 49ers had the most All-Pros, six: Willis, fellow linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith, guard Mike Iupati, safety Dashon Goldson, and punter Andy Lee.
Seattle was next with running back Marshawn Lynch, center Max Unger, cornerback Richard Sherman, and safety Earl Thomas. All were selected for the first time.
Denver had three All-Pros: linebacker Von Miller, tackle Ryan Clady, and Manning. No other team had more than two.
The NFC had 17 players and only 10 made it from the AFC.
One rookie, Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, was chosen.
Garrett in trouble?
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones wants coach Jason Garrett to relinquish his offensive play-calling duties, ESPN reported. The Cowboys finished 8-8 this season and missed the playoffs. They are 21-19 in two years under Garrett, who has faced criticism for his clock management. Jones also reportedly wants Garrett to fire his brother, John Garrett, who is the team's tight ends coach. John is the team's passing game coordinator. Mike Florio of NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reported that Jones is asking Garrett to stop calling the offensive plays and fire his brother as a way of getting Garrett to resign . . . Commissioner Roger Goodell says he doesn’t have a problem with the way the Redskins’ medical staff handled Robert Griffin III’s knee injury. Nevertheless, he’s anticipating changes in the way injuries not affecting the head are evaluated on the sideline. Griffin had reconstructive ACL surgery Wednesday after reinjuring his right knee in last Sunday’s playoff loss to Seattle. He also strained a ligament in the knee last month against Baltimore. That raised questions about whether Redskins coach Mike Shanahan should have let Griffin in either game after it was clear the quarterback was hurt. Goodell said it was a ‘‘medical decision’’ and noted Griffin had no problem with it, either.
Dorsey is Chiefs GM
The Chiefs have hired longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey to replace the fired Scott Pioli as their general manager. The Chiefs announced the hiring while the Packers were playing the 49ers in the NFC playoffs on Saturday night. Dorsey will be introduced Monday. Dorsey worked with new Chiefs coach Andy Reid from 1992-98, when Reid was an assistant coach for the Packers Reid was hired to replace Romeo Crennel on Jan. 4 . . . . . . The Eagles are interviewing Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in Atlanta, two people familiar with the meeting told the Associated Press. Bradley is the eighth head coaching candidate interviewed since the Eagles fired Reid on Dec. 31 following a 4-12 finish. Seattle plays the Falcons in a NFC divisional playoff game on Sunday. If Bradley is their guy, the Eagles can’t officially hire him until the Seahawks are eliminated. The Eagles have an interview scheduled with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Monday.
Complete All-Pro rosters, D12.