New Format for the Pro Bowl

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NFL announces new Pro Bowl format

Posted 18 hours ago

Major changes include elimination of AFC vs. NFC format, fantasy football-like draft for team assignments, rules and roster changes; Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders to serve as alumni captains

The 2014 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, will feature a new format for the NFL All-Star Game based on major changes proposed by NFLPA President DOMONIQUE FOXWORTH designed to make it the ultimate fan-friendly celebration of the game, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced today.

Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that has existed since 1971. Instead, players will be selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting will earn distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many are from AFC or NFC teams.
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 fantasy football champions will have Hall of Fame help. Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS will serve as alumni team captains, assisting the Pro Bowl team captains and fantasy football champions in the draft process.

“As players, we wanted to keep the Pro Bowl to honor excellence in individual performance and connect with the fans in a different environment,” Foxworth said. “To do that, I worked with a group of players to map out new ideas.”

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.

“We were very receptive to the ideas that Domonique and the players put forth,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “From there, our office worked closely with him in developing the concept. The players made it clear that they wanted to continue the Pro Bowl and were committed to making it better than ever. We think these changes will enhance the game for both fans and players.”

In addition to these changes, several other aspects of the Pro Bowl will be new in 2014:

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.
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gleet

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A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters
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.
Hurray for more commercial break opportunities.
 
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Why even bother playing the game anymore? I bet more people would watch if they got the players to do weird challenges sort of like used to on "The Superstars"

 
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Still an irrelevant shitfest.
 

weeniewawa

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they could have the AFC vs the NFC vs the KFC for all I care

I don't watch any of the foosball
 

BIV

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they could have the AFC vs the NFC vs the KFC for all I care

I don't watch any of the foosball
I feel bad for you. It's fun. Kinda like a video game, but you get to blame someone else if they suck.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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Might as well have the players play in jock straps and helmets only. I'm sure the female and homosexual demo's would go through the roof.
 

VicVinegar

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Go all the way with the two minute drill idea. Make a possession clock. 2 minutes and you have to get a first down to add time.

And I still won't watch it because these guys playing dont give a shit and aren't going to risk a million dollar injury for it. I wouldn't either.
 

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Google search for Pigskin Footbrawl. Make them all play in traditional horned Viking helmets and have some of the obstacles and hazards from the game.

I'd buy that for a dollar. Might actually even watch the game too.
 

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Google search for Pigskin Footbrawl. Make them all play in traditional horned Viking helmets and have some of the obstacles and hazards from the game.

I'd buy that for a dollar. Might actually even watch the game too.
Traditional viking helmets didnt have horns on them.

/pointless fact of the day