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Falcons, Pats coaching staffs get consolation prize

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When the Pro Bowl was played one week after the Super Bowl, the coaching staffs of the teams that lost in the conference title games also coached the AFC and NFC All-Star teams.

Last year, when the NFL moved the Pro Bowl to the week before the Super Bowl, the assignment went to the teams with the best records that lost in the division round.  The Cowboys and Chargers’ coaching staff handled the game.

This year, it’ll be the Falcons and the Patriots.  Both top-seeded teams lost in the conference semifinals.

The Pro Bowl returns to Hawaii this year, but it will be played on January 30.

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38 Responses to “Falcons, Pats coaching staffs get consolation prize”
  1. tombradystears says: Jan 16, 2011 8:19 PM

    The pro bowl needs to be moved back to a week AFTER the Superbowl; otherwise, it will turn out to be the baseball all-star game, which no one cares about.

  2. tbd3 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:19 PM

    I don’t think either coaching staff is very “consoled”.

  3. afc22 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:19 PM

    Belichick was quoted after the game saying “hey, at least i get to coach Peyton Manning in a couple weeks”

  4. ninernationnut says: Jan 16, 2011 8:22 PM

    Yay!

    Not.

  5. nepatriots128154 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:22 PM

    Chance Brady plays in the Pro Bowl: 0%

    Chance Belichick has any sort of fun while in Hawaii: 0%

  6. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Jan 16, 2011 8:23 PM

    I wonder how soon Belichick will start setting up his cameras…

  7. aaronitout12 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:26 PM

    Congrads to both teams on great seasons.

  8. sf49erguy says: Jan 16, 2011 8:28 PM

    I not sure what means less. Getting to coach the Pro Bowl or the Pro Bowl itself…

  9. packmanfan says: Jan 16, 2011 8:32 PM

    The prize being the free trip to Hawaii?
    And they didn’t have to spin a wheel or answer a trivia question to get there?
    Where do I send my resume’?

  10. chapnastier says: Jan 16, 2011 8:34 PM

    They still play the probowl?

  11. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 16, 2011 8:35 PM

    The real question is whether Belichick will wear his hoodie in Hawaii. Personally I’m hoping for a hoodie/shorts combo, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

    Well, other people will see. It’s not like I’m going to watch the pro-bowl.

  12. pftfan says: Jan 16, 2011 8:36 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever watched one Pro Bowl in my entire life.

  13. realitypolice says: Jan 16, 2011 8:39 PM

    Finally, a reason to watch the Pro Bowl.

    Endless shots of smilin’ Bill Belichick wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a lei.

    Priceless unintentional comedy.

  14. david7590 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:40 PM

    tombradystears says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:19 PM
    The pro bowl needs to be moved back to a week AFTER the Superbowl; otherwise, it will turn out to be the baseball all-star game, which no one cares about.
    ———————————————————–
    People cared about it when it was after the Super Bowl?

  15. bigtrav425 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:43 PM

    Disagree the Pro Bowl is played when it needs to be…No one cared about it after the super bowl either but I ,Along with most people i know perfer it to be b4 the S.B

  16. hobartbaker says: Jan 16, 2011 8:44 PM

    Go to Hawaii and get drunk for a week to avoid watching the SB. Probably what they would have done in any case.

  17. pukey60 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:44 PM

    BB couldn’t have fun at Carnival with two honeys and pocket full of cash

  18. 49erman says: Jan 16, 2011 8:53 PM

    Who cares when the Pro Bowl game is played? There is no perfect time to play the game,period.

  19. wegogreenbay says: Jan 16, 2011 8:53 PM

    Too bad Smith won’t get the chance to coach Aaron Rodgers :(

  20. wegogreenbay says: Jan 16, 2011 8:54 PM

    And not just becuase he got snubbed.

  21. david7590 says: Jan 16, 2011 8:58 PM

    but I’m sure the Pats and Falcon fans will love their consolation prize. I mean who needs the Super Bowl when their Head Coach’s are going to the Pro Bowl.

  22. textthis says: Jan 16, 2011 9:03 PM

    Players should be required to play in the probowl if they aren’t on the IR. With drop outs and teams going to the superbowl, players like Romo and He-Hate-Me make it in

  23. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:06 PM

    As a Patriot fan I am so happy to have Bill Belichick coaching the AFC, Tom Brady starting at Quaterback and having Wes Welker, Matt Light and Logan Mankins accompany him on offense. And not to mention Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Brandon Meriweather and Devin McCourty on defense. Meanwhile the Pittsburgh Steelers will be going to Dallas and Ben Roethlisberger will probably win his 3rd Lombardi and we will have to listen for the rest of time how Big Ben won as many rings as Brady that must mean he’s just as good…

  24. FinFan68 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:18 PM

    The pro-bowl used to have a meaning and the players that were honored used to be proud to represent. Now, there is no meaning because it is a popularity contest and players avoid playing in that game all the time. It is no longer an honor, it is just a contract incentive. It wouldn’t surprise me if players opted out due to the next guy in line giving them some of that incentive money when they move up. They should eliminate fan voting altogether and leave it to the players and the coaches. An awards ceremony like the ESPYs would be better but if the game must be played, use that one for the obligatory overseas game instead of screwing a team out of a reg season home game…and play it 1-2 weeks AFTER the SuperBowl. At least the international fans would see some of the popular players.

  25. richm2256 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:21 PM

    I’m sure that free trip to Hawaii is really going to brighten Bellichicks life.

    He’s gonna be so pissed that he’ll have those All-Stars doing two-a-days.

  26. packmanfan says: Jan 16, 2011 10:24 PM

    claymatthewsisonsteroids says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:23 PM
    I wonder how soon Belichick will start setting up his cameras…
    ====================================
    Too late.
    He’s watching you right now.

  27. patfic15 says: Jan 16, 2011 10:34 PM

    I remember having the option to play the Pro Bowl on Tecmo Super Bowl.
    I never did.
    I remember having the option to watch the Pro Bowl.
    I never will.

  28. godellgetalife says: Jan 16, 2011 10:37 PM

    @newenglandpatriots12
    big ben is an all around better qb than brady. and i have said this long before this most recent n.e. playoff loss. brady was sacked 5 times today and people were in his face and brady could not deal with it.although big ben deals with it almost every week and does a very good job of making somthing good happen alot of the time-like a great qb would do.

    p.s. a great player makes plays when they are needed the most-(not sit back and run up their stats and let everyone talk about how great they are) and brady hasn’t done that at all really when you think back he choaked under the pressure in there last super bowl and adam vinateri made the pressure kicks in all the other big games so where is all this great player action at when it comes to brady?even matt cassell had a great season as the n.e. qb what i’d like to know is what is so great about brady?he can throw the ball & read defenses well and thats good heis a good qb but not as good as many make him out to be and he’s a far cry from great

  29. mumakata says: Jan 16, 2011 10:51 PM

    thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:06 PM

    and we will have to listen for the rest of time how Big Ben won as many rings as Brady that must mean he’s just as good…

    Better, he did it without the benefit of Belichicklets cheating and the most clutch kicker ever to bail him out.

  30. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:03 PM

    mumakata says:
    Jan 16, 2011 10:51 PM
    thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 16, 2011 9:06 PM

    and we will have to listen for the rest of time how Big Ben won as many rings as Brady that must mean he’s just as good…

    Better, he did it without the benefit of Belichicklets cheating and the most clutch kicker ever to bail him out.

    ————————————————–Your and idiot I’m pretty sure the Steelers D is alot better than the Pats when they were winning Superbowls

  31. jwil444 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:08 PM

    Good thing Rodgers didn’t get voted into the Pro Bowl, looks like he’ll be busy.

  32. vercingetorix43 says: Jan 16, 2011 11:23 PM

    @mumakata says:

    Better, he did it without the benefit of Belichicklets cheating and the most clutch kicker ever to bail him out.

    -Your right. Plus he has the benefit of being able to say he’s gotten away with RAPE twice!! What an accomplished man Ben will be!!!!

  33. sdboltaction says: Jan 16, 2011 11:24 PM

    Yea, trust me, as a Charger fan I was so much happier having SD’s worthless coach being in charge of the AFC instead of having my team in the super bowl… yep…

  34. loytomaki says: Jan 17, 2011 1:08 AM

    tombradystears says:
    Jan 16, 2011 8:19 PM
    The pro bowl needs to be moved back to a week AFTER the Superbowl; otherwise, it will turn out to be the baseball all-star game, which no one cares about.

    —————

    It was already worse then the Baseball Allstar game ever was. Doesn’t the Baseball All Star game determine which conference gets home filed advantage that year for the World Series? That means something. By moving the Pro Bowl to the “dead week” in between the championship games and the Super Bowl people are much more likely to watch it as part of the 14 day Hype machine leading up to the bog game. I think last year the Pro Bowl ratings were through the roof compared to a bunch of previous years.

    That said, it would be nice if the victory meant something. Maybe had an influence on some scheduling thing, and extra prime-time game or something (but the TV networks probably wouldn’t go for that). Don’t know what, but anything to up the stakes would be nice.

  35. rcunningham says: Jan 17, 2011 1:34 AM

    The Pro Bowl should be renamed the Loser Bowl. It’s a loser bowl in a loser stadium with loser players.

  36. wallyhorse says: Jan 17, 2011 1:49 AM

    The main reasons the Pro Bowl got moved up last year were out of necessity:

    1. They likely didn’t want to go opposite the Olympics.

    2. They likely didn’t want it on Valentine’s Day.

    3. I would not be surprised if NASCAR told the broadcast partners of the NFL if they televised the Pro Bowl on the same day as the Daytona 500 (which is not only NASCAR’s Super Bowl, but their sacred cow with a longer history than even the Super Bowl and has been on the Sunday of President’s Day weekend for its entire history) that such networks would be “persona non grata” in the next round of negotiations for NASCAR (which has a big base of female fans that in many cases don’t care about sports), as NASCAR was likely concerned about a delay causing the Daytona 500 finishing opposite the Pro Bowl if they were on the same day (which in fact would have happened last year as even starting two hours earlier than in recent years, the Daytona 500 had its infamous pothole problems on the track itself which caused the race to finish around 8:00 PM ET).

  37. wallyhorse says: Jan 17, 2011 2:46 AM

    Adding to what I wrote earlier:

    This was more of an accident that the Pro Bowl found its niche the week before the Super Bowl. So what if the players in the big game itself have to skip it, it gives those looking for a football fix the week between the conference championships and Super Bowl that.

  38. rajuncajun28 says: Jan 17, 2011 5:39 AM

    Well, the road to the SB still goes through Atlanta, but only fort those with connecting flights……

    A Big Who Dat to all those wonderful FALCLOWN fans….enjoy another year of NO RING…..

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