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.
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?