Chris Henry is injured and is being replaced in the Pro-Bowl by Marshawn Lynch. On the front page, Brian compared Donte Whitner to other 1st-round safeties. There are problems with that type of analysis, though. Imagine if Marshawn Lynch weren't on the Buffalo Bills. Imagine he were on the Tennessee Titans or the Minnesota Vikings... he wouldn't be reaching the Pro-Bowl as an alternate, he'd have been 1st string.
Statistics are more confirmatory than exclusionary. For instance, you can validate that Phillip Rivers had a good season by taking a gander at his passer rating, but you cannot exclude Marc Bulger as a good QB because he posted a 71 passer rating. Bulger was on a terrible football team.