No one knows who’s coaching the Pro Bowl

AP

The NFL is always looking for innovative ideas to make the Pro Bowl more interesting. So here’s a thought: Maybe it should be a game where the players coach themselves.

Actually, that might be a necessity, because currently there are no coaches for the Pro Bowl. As Adam Schefter of ESPN points out, ordinarily the coaches of the Pro Bowl are supposed to be the coaches of the highest-seeded teams to lose in the divisional playoffs. This year that’s Denver (which has no coach after the departure of John Fox) and Dallas (whose coach, Jason Garrett, is not under contract for 2015).

Would the NFL send coaches who aren’t currently under contract with NFL teams to the Pro Bowl? Would Fox and Garrett even want to coach the Pro Bowl under these circumstances? That’s unclear.

The simplest solution would be to have the coaches of the other two divisional-round losers, the Ravens and Panthers, as the Pro Bowl coaches. Right now, however, the Pro Bowl is a game without a coach. Which might actually make it more interesting.

85 responses to “No one knows who’s coaching the Pro Bowl

  1. I could be wrong, but I thought the Pro Bowl coaches were always the losers of the CONFERENCE championship game? Maybe that is the way it used to be and they have since changed it due to the Pro Bowl being 2 weeks earlier? Or maybe I am right….

  2. well it currently couldn’t get any less interesting. I haven’t watched the probowl in years but apparantly some people still watch these unorganized pickup games where the priority is not getting hurt.

  3. Maybe some players that are passionate about becoming coaches in their post-playing career should conduct a mock campaign to compete for the chance to be the HC of the team. This is a nation of democratic elections, and it might be fun for the fans and the players that have an interest in campaigning and coaching. They could create a process that allows fans to compete for a chance to be the Assistant HC for a new way to interface with the fans and get them involved.

  4. Does anyone really care about the Pro Bowl? No one watches it and none of the players wants to play in it, either! Just cancel the game, permanently!!

  5. Not going to have any viewers, might as well go without coaches too. Save on the overhead.

  6. Cancel the Pro Bowl “game” and replace it with a skills challenge. It’d be more interesting anyway. We promise not to complain.

  7. They have had coaches at the pro Bowl for years that haven’t coached. Let the Bronco and Dallas head cheer leaders do it. I would watch that. All the other cheer leaders could be the assistant and position coaches. Make it so!

  8. Have two retired coaches. Gruden and Ditka. Or maybe Payton manning vs steve young.

    Pro bowl isn’t worth the watch but would be fun to see that.

  9. I’m for scrapping the Pro Bowl all together. Its a joke! Just name them and go on to next season.

  10. Since they’re picking the teams, why not have Cris Carter and Michael Irvin be the ‘honorary’ coaches and pick their own staff of co-ordinators from any of the non-Super Bowl teams. It’s a base set of formations anyway.

  11. Since Woody Johnson, Arthur Blank, Dan Snyder and Jerrah Jones think they are the best coaches on the planet, let them do it.

  12. Zzzzzzzzz……the NFL needs to bring back the days when the QBs would compete against each other (throwing balls through targets); longest FG competitions, etc.

  13. Put this so-called game back to what it should be, AFC against the NFC. This picking players concept is dumb, but then again, this game really sucks.

  14. Why don’t the 14 people who were going to actually watch the probowl get together for a pickup game of flag football instead. Or go help old ladies cross the street. Or watch some paint dry….

  15. used to be losers of the conference championship games. So, Pagano and McCarthy for now.

  16. I thought they were using football veterans again this year and doing it like fantasy football.. I woulda swore Cris Carter was one of the coaches……

  17. Does anyone really care about the Pro Bowl? No one watches it and none of the players wants to play in it, either!

    The players that do go enjoy the expenses-paid vacation.

    The thing is such a joke now, just use animated characters.

    Coyote team vs Roadrunner team.

  18. 5 ways to make the Probowl Watchable

    1) Vets vs Rookie contracts. Slightly better than a “fantasy” draft

    2) NFL Probowlers vs CFL all-stars. Everyone loves rooting for America!

    3) Allow for any formation. Do we really watch the probowl to see 5 linemen? Why not allow a team to try out 8 WR’s sets. or Line the ball up anywhere on the field. It’s fake football anyway

    4) MVP gets a ridiculous prize. Either a ridiculous amount of money (3,000,000+) or a valuable contract prize (MVP can’t be Franchised Tagged). May try a little harder with something on the line.

    5) Play arena football. Again, it’s not real football anyway

  19. Well, you’ve already got refs who don’t show up on gameday……

    All this to show up and play in a game NO ONE cares about….

    For a commissioner of the NFL who is an embarrassment to himself and the fat cat owners he toadies for……

    Count me out!!!….

  20. The Pro Bowl. That game that is 0% interesting on any level whatsoever, and looks even lamer (if that’s possible) with the electrified neon uniforms.

    End the Pro Bowl. It blows.

    Signed,
    Everybody

  21. NBC and NFL Network coaches Tony Dungy, Brian Billick, Steve Mariucci and Dennis Green

    versus

    ESPN, CBS and Fox coaches Mike Ditka, Herm Edwards, Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson

  22. When the pro-bowl arrived the players played hard because they got paid very little and played for the money. The players now make so much they could careless about the money. Until NFL can come up with something some kind of incentive to make it worth the risk of injury then nothing will get them to play hard. If they cannot then just be done with it.

  23. They should have never moved it to the week before SB, I used to go to Pro Bowl every year vacation and they have screwed the whole week in Hawaii up by moving it.

  24. Honestly, if the NFL wants viewership they should abandon the idea of a half-hearted football game in favor of a skills competition.

    Perhaps the players could be sorted into groups that would compete in agility, strength and endurance sorta like that TV show American Gladiator. I think that would be highly entertaining–and wouldn’t the players enjoy non-football competition?

    The league is looking for a way to get the LA market involved, well, have the “Pro Bowl” out there. Culver City is where they staged that gladiator show anyway.

  25. They should make the coaches (or former coaches if they have been fired) of the two worst teams in the NFL coach the game to get them some practice with really good players who are really just going thru the motions……

    Stop the madness CANCEL the Pro Bowl!!!!!!!

  26. You can’t cancel it, the NFL wants to be in your heads 24/7/365 because you will buy more crummy merchandise and cable packages that way.

  27. Why not have celebrity coaches? Snoop Dogg thinks he knows more than most coaches, he can even bring his friend with the green hat.

  28. Ravens were told by NFL they had to do it as the next highest seed who lost in divisional round. Presumably then its Dallas and Ravens. Coaches make $25k a piece for their vacation…err work.

  29. -fans vs refs
    -Stamps vs Bucs for spot in NFL/CFL
    -Survivor type reality show with NFL owners for 1st overall draft pick and get to host next years superbowl.

  30. I could be wrong, but I thought the Pro Bowl coaches were always the losers of the CONFERENCE championship game? Maybe that is the way it used to be and they have since changed it due to the Pro Bowl being 2 weeks earlier? Or maybe I am right….
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    That seems right since coaches and their staff would have to be in Honolulu the very next day (the day after the conference championship games).

  31. Do they really need a coach?

    I haven’t watched this game in over a decade, but I tend to think it would probably be as much fun if they treated it like a backyard game anyway.

    Just draw plays in the dirt.

  32. Burt Reynolds vs. Adam Sandler. Coin flip for who gets to be Mean Machine and who gets to be Guards.

    Eddie Arnold serves (posthumously) as the head referee.

  33. How about Homer Simpson and Peewee Herman? The Pro Bowl is canceled due to lack of interest and being commercial fodder for programming desperate ESPN.

  34. “farmmbig says:
    Do they really need a coach?
    I haven’t watched this game in over a decade, but I tend to think it would probably be as much fun if they treated it like a backyard game anyway.
    Just draw plays in the dirt.”

    Exactly. Not exactly any need for a playbook. And could we even tell if there were coaches if they didn’t show them on TV?

  35. Please put circles on the field where passes thrown from or catches made increase points, or decrease for that matter. Please make field goals of longer lengths worth more points and do other things to make the game worth watching. Thanks.

  36. “babyjunkie says:
    Jan 13, 2015 7:52 AM
    Let the fans coach by tweeting or texting.”
    =========================================

    That’s actually a really good idea with the caveat that a real coach is on the sidelines. The NFL could advertise that fans tweet/text in their favorite play in the next series or for a handful of plays during the game. Whichever play has the most votes gets called on field. No way could they do this every play though, just a handful. If it results in a TD, the player gets to go to the sideline and tweet out the congrats.

  37. Everyone gripes about the Pro Bowl (often rightfully), but then it still draws millions of people watching it. As long as it still draws fans and advertiser money, it isn’t going away.

  38. Maybe the coaches with the worst record should coach, as it may be the first time all year they have seen good players on the same sideline as them.

  39. Jan 13, 2015 10:59 AM – azarkhan says:

    I’d rather watch the Lingerie Bowl.
    ————————————————-
    Vince Wilfork in a negligee? No thanks.

  40. Never missed the Pro Bowl when it was in Hawaii the week after the Super Bowl. It was my annual Farewell to Football. But who wants to watch an all-star game that can’t feature any players from the top two teams?

    Get Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, or Seth Rogen and James Franco to coach. Maybe that would liven things up.

  41. Last year, the players did play hard. They left Cris Collinsworth in a stammering stupor (OK, you’re right, that’s not hard to do). But there was real effort out there. Plus there was Ed “I think people watch football to see me” Hochuli saying, “Yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl.” It was a fun game to watch.

    I agree with returning it to AFC vs NFC.

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