Head Coach Jim Schwartz announced after Wednesday’s practice that veteran linebacker Julian Peterson has been named a Pro Bowl alternate for this year’s game in Miami.
Schwartz: “We did have one alternate – Julian Peterson got voted as an alternate. A lot of times that stuff comes to light as you get closer to the Pro Bowl when you get injuries or people that get out of the game for certain reasons. Julian has been there before and has had a good season for us.”
Peterson is currently tied for a team-leading 4.5 sacks and has four forced fumbles and two recoveries. He also has 69 total tackles and four pass defenses.
In addition to Peterson, media in attendance asked Schwartz about rookie safety Louis Delmas and whether he was surprised he wasn’t named a Pro Bowl alternate.
Schwartz: “It’s hard for rookies. A lot of times you’re judged on interceptions and he has two, he’s dropped a couple. He’s played well, but it’s going to take a little longer to earn the respect of the whole league, not just this team and this city.”
Delmas is certainly winning over Detroit Lions’ fans, helped by his 101-yard interception return for a touchdown Week 15 against Arizona.
But, as Pro Bowl conversation circulated, Schwartz made sure he emphasized Detroit’s true objectives as an organization.
Schwartz: “That stuff will come, but that’s not our objective. We were talking about our focus being on the Bears and things like that. Our goal as a team and our goal here is not for guys to make the Pro Bowl, our goal is to win games. I’d much rather be the Cincinnati Bengals and be leading the AFC North and have no guys in the Pro Bowl than have a bunch of guys in the Pro Bowl and be out of the playoff hunt.
“In 2002 when I was with the Tennessee Titans we went to the AFC Championship Game and had zero Pro Bowlers. Worry about that stuff, don’t worry about getting recognition. Play well and we’ll get recognition. That really comes from a whole team standpoint; it’s not an individual sport.”
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