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The writing has been on the wall about the Pro Bowl for a while. In 2011 the NFL was “disappointed” with the lack of effort that was shown by the players, and several players were also disgusted by it too, most notably Aaron Rodgers. Goodell gave the players another chance in 2012 before coming to a conclusion about whether or not to scrap the game in general. However, the players were more competitive in 2012, Goodell and the NFL did not scrap the game, but have altered the formatting. Gone is the traditional sense of AFC vs NFC. Voting will likely be the same, fans vote players in but with no affiliation for their conference… So it’s possible, however unlikely, that all players could be selected from just one conference. It will then become a draft, once the voting is complete, by two captains. This years Captains have been announced and they are, two NFL legends. Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. It has been less than an hour since the news broke, and it have been under heavy fire already, even by those individuals who clamored for the formatting to be changed. In a way, I can understand the concern. You might pit a rusher against his teams runningback or his quarterback and there would be cause for concern. But honestly… Is the Pro Bowl really known for its hard hits and tackling? Not really. The rosters will consist of 43 players, 86 players overall. Kickoffs have been eliminated, and instead of having a player who is the best returner in the league, he will be replaced by an additional DB on the roster. Teams are no longer restricted to playing Man Coverage, and instead are restricted to Cover Two and Press Coverage. The Ball will change hands every quarter, and the NFL will add two minute warnings into the first and third quarters, increasing the number of two minute drives. Here’s the NFL/NFLPA press release for more new and information about the changes. The post NFL Changes Pro Bowl Format… Will It Draw More Interest? Or Will It Falter? appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.
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