Decision on Pro Bowl coming soon

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The NFL has yet to decide what to do with the Pro Bowl.  On Tuesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said a decision is coming soon.

“We had a full discussion about that,” Goodell said regarding the two-day ownership meetings in Atlanta.  “I would like to have another discussion with [NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith] and the players to give them the feedback we got today on what aspects of the game we should address.  But I hope to be making a decision pretty quickly after that conversation with De.”

Goodell said that the game will be played in Honolulu or New Orleans — if it’s played at all.

“We did have a lengthy discussion about the Pro Bowl, not specifically about a site,” Goodell said.  “The discussion was about the quality of the Pro Bowl, including the commitments we have with our network partners; where we could play the game and about all of our discussions with the Players Association, how to make the game better.  We’ve had numerous discussions over several months about what we can do to make the game more competitive.  I’ve said it repeatedly, particularly since the last game that we have to improve the quality of that game.  If we can’t improve it and can’t make it more competitive, then we shouldn’t play.”

He’s right, and here’s hoping that playing the Pro Bowl in Hawaii isn’t dangled as some sort of a carrot aimed at getting the NFLPA to agree to the leg-pad proposal or something else the NFL wants to finagle from the union.  The Pro Bowl has become a low-quality game, and for good reason.  Players don’t want to be injured as they embark on the offseason, and so they have no incentive to play hard.  Unless the NFL is going to dramatically increase the checks that go to the players from the winning team, it’ll continue to be flag football in full pads.

Even then, some extra pocket change may not be enough to get the players to play a game that doesn’t count as if it were one that does.

41 responses to “Decision on Pro Bowl coming soon

  1. After Stafford was snubbed from last year’s Pro Bowl – 41 tds, 5000+ yards, multiple 17+ point comebacks…and doing so while playing through a broken index finger on his throwing hand -the Pro-Bowl is one big joke and needs to go.

  2. There’s a difference between not playing hard and not playing. There was a running play where McCoy took a hand off and walked to the line and was tackled/hugged loosely. The game is a joke.
    And now that the game is played before the super bowl and players in the super bowl can’t play guys 5th on the list get to go. There are incentives in contracts for pro bowl “selections.” Guys should not get credit for being “selected” to a pro bowl as a 2nd alternate.

  3. The ONLY way they should keep this
    “garbage truck of a football game” is to host it wherever the superbowl is being played…. only schedule it for the weekend before the superbowl.

    Go Lions

  4. I say have the losers swim back to the mainland…then we all would see a good game!

  5. The Pro Bowl has been garbage from it’s creation. The only good moment in the whole history of the Pro Bowl was when Sean Taylor (R.I.P) levelled the punter. So in all the years it’s been played there is only ONE good hight light. Just get rid of it or bring back the QB/skills competition, that was at least a little entertaining.

  6. It’s funny to read all the negitive comments on a game that “no-one” cares about, because it always out ratings everything else it’s up, as long as it’s showing the beaches and pics of Hawaii.

    I’ve been at every one that ever was played in Hawaii. I’ve met a lot of the players and family’s and they all LOVE coming here. Too bad the game has to be played, but it’s never been played at full speed, ever. It just got worse last year.

    Of course, I’m for it staying out here as it’s the only game we ever get to see live, but last year was a joke, just like NBA, NHL, MLB and NASCAR (who’s Charlotte race this year was beyond a joke, with JJ ‘racing’ 1/2 a lap behind everyone else for 80 laps then winning) —

    So, given that EVERY all-star game is a joke, what damn difference does it make that this one is not ‘real’ enough? Don’t watch it if you don’t like it.

    js

  7. Pro Bowl is actually a pretty dumb idea altogether. Think about it, there’s absolutely no where you can put this game during the season that selected players will be interested in. So it will always fall to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th options.

    Put it in the pre-season, or mid-season and everyone skips because they don’t want to get hurt at the beginning of, or during the regular season. Put it at the end, and the best of the best who are still contenders for the SB, won’t play…as is the case currently.

    You could put it after the SB, but many players want a break then. You could put it in mid-offseason, but players would have to remain in game-ready shape virtually year around.

    Either way, you’re going to have lots of people missing. So just get rid of it, Pro Bowl teams have zero time to get a playbook down, and zero time to build a rapport with their teammates. Makes for stupid football.

  8. Count me in the crowd that would much rather see a skills-competition type event than the snooze-fest that is the current Pro-Bowl.

  9. The Pro Bowl has become a disgrace. Keep the game unless you can toss them out of the game or fine them significantly for not playing hard.

    It should be a honor to be selected, play the game like those that came before you.

  10. Cam Newtons effort was amazing in the Pro Bowl last yesr. it was like a kid giving a book report on a book hes never read before while giving the finger to his teacher.

  11. Why would they get rid of the pro bowl since it gets great ratings. Here’s an idea. If you want to watch it, watch it, and if you don’t, then don’t. Problem solved.

  12. The game should be played by only players on the practice squad. They would gain exposure and appreciate the prize money. Fans would be treated to a real football game that could alter the careers of many players. Just a thought

  13. The way that Darth Goodell is ruling on games, the Pro Bowl will be the most physical game in a few years….

    Right after he gives the fans what WE want the most – an 18 game schedule (and games in London).

  14. I remember during the 80’s when the winners got 10K & the losers got 5K , and it was a better quality game. NFL players were way more hard core back then, too bad it’s come to this.

  15. Might as well change the name to The Tebow Bowl, and make it all about xxxxx (redacted/copyright violation).

  16. I find it funny how they want this to be competitive, yet insists on 10 yard cushions, no blitzing, 4-3 defense no matter what, and no sort of rush on defense or special teams. They want a College Basketball type of final score with the restrictions on defense and they want the game to be more competitive?

  17. They should replace the Pro Bowl with a game between the losers of the AFC and NFC Championship Games. The winner gets the better draft pick and maybe a compensatory pick. That should make it competitive for a 3rd place game.

    What would also be cool but would never happen is a game every year between the worst NFL team and the reigning BCS Champion.

  18. I don’t think nominally increasing the game checks would work, if anything it could make it worse. The players in the pro bowl tend to be mostly stars who are on high wages, plus a few high achieving rookies and breakout players. The last thing you want is 18 players on the field not really trying and the other 4 (those on lower wages) busting their gut, because that will cause injuries and rifts amongst players.

  19. this is a no brainer.. the game should always be played 1 week prior to the super bowl in the same stadium the super bowl is held as a kick off to super bowl week. playing a no nothing football game in hawaii is crazy.

  20. Unlike allstar games in other sports, this one just didn’t catch on. First of all, it’s played halfway around the world as an incentive to make the players to want to go. If the incentive isn’t the honor of playing it and having fun, why stage it? After a long, bruising season, players not in the SB want to be left alone and just go home and rest. If the players don’t want it and the fans don’t want it, who does – the network$ and owner$. In a league that has a license to print money, why is this normally image conscious commissioner so reluctant to give up just a couple extra bucks to up the prestige of the league and get rid of this ridiculous post-season farce?

  21. One way to make it competative is to have College All-Stars playing against the Pro Bowl players. The Pros dont want to lose that game and the college stars will get a taste of the what its like playing against the best what the NFL has to offer.

    Combine the Pro Bowl with the Senior Bowl or Hula Bowl. I think thats a game that will really be entertaining!

  22. Let me know next February if the game improves. I may watch it again in 2014 if I hear good things but definitely not going to waste my time on it next year. Fool me once, shame on you…

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