NFL changing Pro Bowl format in order to increase fan interest

The NFL knows the Pro Bowl is boring, and is trying to fix it. But will it work?

8/1/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

January 25, 2013; Ko Olina, HI, USA; Make-A-Wish foundation child Aidan O'Grady (left) smiles as NFC cornerback Tim Jennings of the Chicago Bears (26) autographs a football after practice at NFC media day for the 2013 Pro Bowl at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsThe Pro Bowl is the most boring All-Star game in all of sports. There's really not a whole lot of debate about that.

Football, by nature, is a violent sport. In the Pro Bowl, players are hesitant to actually hit each other, and the resulting exhibition is just not that exciting. The offenses roll over apathetic defenses, and the competitive aspect of the game is completely gone.

The NFL realizes this, and understands that no one really cares about the Pro Bowl, so they're trying to mix it up a bit to garner a little more excitement.

Starting this year, the teams will no longer be AFC vs NFC. The two leading vote-getters will select their teams of 43 players out of the pool of selected players, with the assistance of Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, and a couple NFL.com fantasy football champions.

Theoretically, we could see Von Miller trying to sack teammate Peyton Manning, or Colin Kaepernick trying to evade teammates Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, and others.

Another change is that they will no longer feature kick returns due to safety concerns. This angered Josh Cribbs, one of the best returners in the league.
 

So our traditional pro bowl, that represents the best players of the year, has been officially tainted. Smh #fail #intramuralfootball #flagfootball

— Josh Cribbs (@JoshCribbs16) July 31, 2013


Other changes, via ESPN:

• A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters in addition to the traditional rule in the second and fourth quarters. Possession also will change hands after each quarter.

• Defenses will be allowed to play Cover 2 and press coverage. In the past, only man coverage had been allowed, except for goal-line situations.

• Changes will be made to the game clock during the two-minute warning, with the clock stopping if the offense doesn't gain at least 1 yard, in order to encourage offenses to try to gain yardage at the end of each quarter.

• In addition, the clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the game referee except during the two-minute warnings and the final five minutes of the game.

• The game will use a 35-second/25-second play clock instead of the traditional 40-second/25-second clock.

• Also, the game clock will not stop on sacks of the quarterback, outside of the game's final two minutes.

What do you think? Will these changes make you more interested in the Pro Bowl?

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8/1/13   |   Jess   |   34608 respect

I'm one of those weirdos who loves the pro bowl, if for no other reason than the fact that it's football. I love seeing all of the greats out there on one field, and I think it's great to watch them play the game that isn't too serious; boys being boys playing a game that they love. 

The changes are okay - I really like the draft thing (it worked well for the NHL, even if it did mean players going up against each other), but I would love to see them bring back a skills competition. That was my favorite part before and I think it would even be a good possible replacement for the actual game if these changes don't work to make everybody happy.

8/1/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Wards_Page wrote:
Short answer: No.

No...

8/1/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Short answer: No.