Robby Anderson had another strong performance Sunday, catching six passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets’ 35-27 loss to the Panthers. But what he did after his second touchdown reception, a 54-yarder in double coverage in the third quarter, drew the ire of Fox Sports analyst and former NFL linebacker Chris Spielman.
On the sideline, Anderson said to the camera: “How about you vote for me for the Pro Bowl, man, please?”
Spielman wasn’t pleased, saying Anderson should be more worried about the Jets not getting outscored in fourth quarters. “Great players don’t need to campaign for themselves,’’ Spielman said. “Your actions speak louder than your words.”
Todd Bowles said he didn’t see Anderson lobby for the Pro Bowl, but he noted it wasn’t a smart football move.
Anderson said he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful.
“I was just excited and I wasn’t trying to come off no bad way or nothing like that,” he said. “Just the excitement, just a spur of the moment. But everybody knows I’m all for this team in every aspect . . . and everything I do is being the best I can for my teammates. It was nothing malicious or anything like that.’’
Pro Bowl voting is under way, and Anderson has 41 receptions for 714 yards with seven TDs. He leads the NFL with 18 catches of at least 25 yards.
Teammate Morris Claiborne didn’t have a problem with Anderson’s lobbying efforts.
“Robby’s been doing a great job for us all year, coming up with big plays when we need them,” he said. “If I got a pick, I probably would have done the same thing.
“But I feel like, in this game and dealing with the Pro Bowl, there’s a lot of different politics that goes into it. You have to pretty much sell yourself, market yourself, bring up the conversation. So him doing what he did and someone having an opinion about it, I feel like he sparked the conversation. Get the ball rolling now. Somebody said something else about it, so now we can have more conversation about it.
“Some of the conversation might be negative, that he shouldn’t be talking about himself when his team is losing close games. I understand that as well. But no publicity is bad publicity.”