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Pro Bowl Changes

  • Jcool
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SportsCenter ‏@SportsCenter
THIS JUST IN: NFL Pro Bowl will no longer have AFC vs. NFC format. Teams will be chosen with fantasy-like draft. (via @AdamSchefter)


NFL on ESPN ‏@ESPNNFL
PRO BOWL CHANGES: Players will be chosen by captains and kickoffs will be eliminated.


Matt Maiocco ‏@MaioccoCSN
Ex-49ers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as Pro Bowl alumni team captains, and will assist in drafting the Pro Bowl teams.
sounds cool, still wont watch
  • Jcool
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Players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, in which two leading vote getters will join two NFL.com fantasy football champions -- who will attend the Pro Bowl -- to draft players. One of these champions will earn their spot as part of Lenovo's Fantasy Coach of the Year program, which provides NFL.com fans a chance to be rewarded for their fantasy football skills. The other champion can compete for a Pro Bowl role by playing at NFL.com/fantasy.

The Pro Bowl player draft will air on Wednesday, January 22 on NFL Network. Players will practice with their teams on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Divisional playoffs with the best regular-season record. The 2014 Pro Bowl takes place on Sunday, January 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, and will be televised by NBC.

» Game within the Game -- A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters and the ball will change hands after each quarter. This will increase the opportunities for quarterbacks to direct "two-minute drills," which are especially exciting for fans.

» No Kickoffs -- The coin toss will determine which team is awarded possession first. The ball will be placed on the 25-yard line at the start of each quarter and after scoring plays.

» Rosters -- The rosters will continue to consist of 43 players per squad. The kick return specialist will be replaced by an additional defensive back.

» Cover Two and Press Coverage -- The defense will be permitted to play "cover two" and "press" coverage. In previous years, only "man" coverage was permitted, except for goal line situations.

» Stopping of the Game Clock -- Beginning at the two-minute mark of every quarter, if the offense does not gain at least one yard, the clock will stop as if the play were an incomplete pass. This rule will make the team with the ball attempt to gain yardage toward the end of each quarter.

» Game Timing -- The game clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the referee, except inside the last two minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half.

» Play Clock -- A 35-second/25-second play clock will be adopted instead of the typical 40-second/25-second clock.

» Sacks -- The game clock will not stop on quarterback sacks outside of the final two minutes of the game. Currently, the game clock stops in these situations outside of two- minutes of the second and fourth quarters.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000224052/article/2014-pro-bowl-features-new-format?campaign=Twitter_news
[ Edited by Jcool on Jul 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM ]
Why are they doing this? the pro bowl as boring as it is at times is tradition i don't like this it should have been left alone.
These changes won't make the pro-bowl any more entertaining. The game is still meaningless and players still won't really play the game.

I would rather see scrub bowl. Draft all of the best non-starters and practice squad guys from every team to compete in a nationally televised game. Those guys would actually play hard for a chance to prove themselves. I would be more interested in watching that.
Originally posted by NinerBuff:
sounds cool, still wont watch

lol. I had the same reaction.

Originally posted by blm7754:
These changes won't make the pro-bowl any more entertaining. The game is still meaningless and players still won't really play the game.

I would rather see scrub bowl. Draft all of the best non-starters and practice squad guys from every team to compete in a nationally televised game. Those guys would actually play hard for a chance to prove themselves. I would be more interested in watching that.

Until you realize that 98% of the players are scrubs for a reason.

  • DJD
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How does it go... can't polish a turd..?? or was it lipstick on a pig..??

I can see having a televised 'draft' or what have you..

Seems idiotic to remove the only remotely competitive element left in the game: AFC vs NFC. How will fans even decide who they are going to root for.. espeically if they have players from their perspective team paying for both sides. Seems odd.

How are you going to have Willis get cheered for tackling Gore??

The probowl just went from pedestrian to down right idiotic!!!
Originally posted by NinerBuff:
sounds cool, still wont watch

puttin lipstick on a pig

the pro bowl suuuuuuuuuuucks
Lame
The Pro Bowl is like the opposite of real football.
WR's dominate the game, because line play is non-existent. If you want to win the Pro-Bowl, just spend all your top draft picks on the best WR's. Everybody else will be adequate to fill up the roster.
Originally posted by Imfasterthanur:
Until you realize that 98% of the players are scrubs for a reason.



As of right now, that is by far the most hilarious thing I've ever seen occur on a football field.
Originally posted by Imfasterthanur:
Until you realize that 98% of the players are scrubs for a reason.


That is f**king hilarious
They just need to make it a skills competition because no player is going to play to win. The game means nothing. The problem is players have to much pride to lose in a skills competition on national television and are afraid it will cost them them money and/or their brand. I can't really blame them actually.