NFL wants more two-minute drills in Pro Bowl

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Change is coming to the Pro Bowl and it goes way beyond the schoolyard draft-esque way that teams will be chosen in the future.

There will be two-minute warnings added to the first and third quarters of the game with the ball turning over to the defensive team at their 25-yard line at the start of the next quarter regardless of down, distance or anything else. According to the league’s announcement of the changes to the Pro Bowl, the move was made to “increase the opportunities for quarterbacks to direct “two-minute drills,” which are especially exciting for fans.”

Indeed they are, especially when run by quarterbacks and wide receivers who play well enough to wind up in the Pro Bowl. There’d also be a strategic element that could lead to long field goal tries or intentional turnovers thanks to the automatic turnover of the ball come the end of the half. One wonders just how the league would handle a fumble that players on both teams refuse to pick up because it would actually cost their team possession of the ball when the next quarter begins and we might get a chance to find out.

This change, along with the elimination of kickoffs and other tweaks to the operation of the clock, appear to be designed at addressing the lack of competitiveness of the game by deemphasizing the competitiveness of the game. More two-minute drills and risk taking at the end of quarters may not resemble anything close to the football played every other weekend, but it could be more compelling than the dull games we’ve grown accustomed to paying little attention to over the years.

18 responses to “NFL wants more two-minute drills in Pro Bowl

  1. It’s funny, people on this site keep saying how boring it is to watch and yet are on their couches ready 15 minutes before kickoff.

  2. Who comes up with this stuff? No matter how much syrup you pour on bricks, they don’t turn into pancakes. They can try to dress this game up by having this crazy draft, changing the rules, adding additional 2 min warnings. No one cares about a meaningless game where the players understand the ultimate aim is to not get hurt. At least in pre-season they’re working to get timing down and other things–along with the rookies who are selling out in an attempt to make the team. This game is just meaningless. I haven’t watched it in years, and I’ll probably only tune in to the first 10 mins to see the spectacle that it’s become. I’m ok if the cancel it altogether.

  3. Really? 2 minute drills? How about it just goes away? There’s no rivalry, and players won’t risk it all on the chance they’ll be hurt. Maybe, flag football w/the best of the NFL vs The best posters, and a fun NFL day……Kids parents meet the best of the best….no-one gets hurt

  4. Curious, but if there is an automatic turnover each quarter wouldn’t that lead to a decrease in turnovers during a two min drill? If you pick of a pass as time is expiring or force a fumble with ten seconds left then wouldn’t the offense just get the ball back at the top of the next quarter?

  5. Well looks like the Probowl is over anyway. Can Goodel just leave football the same. Does he feel the need to change it every year.

  6. Some of this, like the kickoff, sounds like they are using the pro bowl as a petrol dish to test out things they may like to tweak in the game.

    Goodbye kickoff.

  7. The NFL should replace the Pro Bowl with a 7 on 7 flag football tournament. Have 8 teams, and each of the 8 teams captained by the top 8 vote getters. Have the pro bowl week start off with the captains picking teams, you can televise it, just like the NHL does.

    Teams get one practice day, televised on the NFL network. All the games, except the championship game, should be 10 minute quarters, and can be televised all week long. Have the championship game shown on Sunday with 15 minute quarters.

    With the smaller teams and tournament setting might bring the competitive nature out of these guys. There won’t be much contact so guys aren’t going to be as worried about getting injured. The linemen won’t do much, but in the current version of the pro bowl they barely do anything, so it’s not a massive change. There would be tons of highlights, mic up the guys, and the audience would get to hear inside the huddle and the friendly trash talk. They could even slap some lipstick cameras on the QBs so the audience could get a sense of how they progress through their reads.

  8. The pro bowl has become a joke. Why not put a dress on each player and we can watch them dance, and have the cheer leaders play tag foot ball and dance, I forgot, we already have that with the boys. This is all about making another dollar for the owners. Bill

  9. With regard to a fumble … isn’t the rule that the ball remains in the possession of the offensive team unless the defense recovers it? When there’s a fumble and the ball rolls out of bounds, doesn’t possession remain in the offense (unless the ball rolls forward into the end zone, and then goes out of bounds)?

    As someone mentioned – who’d want to intercept a pass and hand the ball back over to the opposition? The end of each quarter will become a Hail Mary pass drill.

  10. At least it is improved and they realize the old system was broken. It won’t be super exciting, but I’m willing to give it a chance on the basis that they continue to update it. (As in bonuses towards the winning team.)

  11. there’s nothing they can do that would have me watch this useless exercise … it’s worse than an exhibition game ..

    just honor the players in Hawaii and call it a day …

  12. At the very end of the quarter, instead of throwing a Hail Mary the team with the ball with simply punt it out of bounds, no matter what the down or distance. The opposition will be in possession of the ball at the end of the quarter, so possession will revert back to the team that punted at the start of the next quarter. Punting creates a “turnover” that cannot be refused.

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