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.