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    New Pro Bowl Format....

    They'll pick players regardless of conference, won't play AFC vs NFC.

    2014 Pro Bowl features new format for NFL all-star game
    National Football League
    Published: July 31, 2013 at 01:50 p.m.

    The 2014 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald's, will feature a new format for the NFL All-Star Game based on major changes proposed by NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth designed to make it the ultimate fan-friendly celebration of the game, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced Wednesday.

    Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that has existed since 1971. Instead, players will be selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting will earn distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many are from AFC or NFC teams.

    Players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, in which two leading vote getters will join two NFL.com fantasy football champions -- who will attend the Pro Bowl -- to draft players. One of these champions will earn their spot as part of Lenovo's Fantasy Coach of the Year program, which provides NFL.com fans a chance to be rewarded for their fantasy football skills. The other champion can compete for a Pro Bowl role by playing at NFL.com/fantasy.

    The fantasy football champions will have Hall of Fame help. Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni team captains, assisting the Pro Bowl team captains and fantasy football champions in the draft process.

    "As players, we wanted to keep the Pro Bowl to honor excellence in individual performance and connect with the fans in a different environment," Foxworth said. "To do that, I worked with a group of players to map out new ideas."

    The Pro Bowl player draft will air on Wednesday, January 22 on NFL Network. Players will practice with their teams on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Divisional playoffs with the best regular-season record. The 2014 Pro Bowl takes place on Sunday, January 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, and will be televised by NBC.

    "We were very receptive to the ideas that Domonique and the players put forth," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "From there, our office worked closely with him in developing the concept. The players made it clear that they wanted to continue the Pro Bowl and were committed to making it better than ever. We think these changes will enhance the game for both fans and players."

    In addition to these changes, several other aspects of the Pro Bowl will be new in 2014:

    Game within the Game -- A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters and the ball will change hands after each quarter. This will increase the opportunities for quarterbacks to direct "two-minute drills," which are especially exciting for fans.

    No Kickoffs -- The coin toss will determine which team is awarded possession first. The ball will be placed on the 25-yard line at the start of each quarter and after scoring plays.

    Rosters -- The rosters will continue to consist of 43 players per squad. The kick return specialist will be replaced by an additional defensive back.

    Cover Two and Press Coverage -- The defense will be permitted to play "cover two" and "press" coverage. In previous years, only "man" coverage was permitted, except for goal line situations.

    Stopping of the Game Clock -- Beginning at the two-minute mark of every quarter, if the offense does not gain at least one yard, the clock will stop as if the play were an incomplete pass. This rule will make the team with the ball attempt to gain yardage toward the end of each quarter.

    Game Timing -- The game clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the referee, except inside the last two minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half.

    Play Clock -- A 35-second/25-second play clock will be adopted instead of the typical 40-second/25-second clock.

    Sacks -- The game clock will not stop on quarterback sacks outside of the final two minutes of the game. Currently, the game clock stops in these situations outside of two- minutes of the second and fourth quarters.
    Last edited by Jet Nut; 07-31-2013 at 02:45 PM.

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    More of Goodell ****ing up the NFL.

    That no kickoffs idea is something he's been pushing for in regular games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsfan1983 View Post
    More of Goodell ****ing up the NFL.

    That no kickoffs idea is something he's been pushing for in regular games.
    In fairness he's trying to save a game that most want scrapped. He's damned if he does....

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    just get rid of the game, the players dodnt play cause they are afraid of getting hurt. just honor all the pro bowlers. or even better, have some type of skills competion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdanNJ View Post
    just get rid of the game, the players dodnt play cause they are afraid of getting hurt. just honor all the pro bowlers. or even better, have some type of skills competion.
    This, completely. Have the linemen challenge, QB skills challenge, fastest man etc. Don't know why they are so oblivious to what fans might want to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetworks View Post
    This, completely. Have the linemen challenge, QB skills challenge, fastest man etc. Don't know why they are so oblivious to what fans might want to see.
    Because they've probably done tons of marker research and fans aren't that interested in this.

    Or they couldn't sell a Superstars like contest to the networks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetworks View Post
    This, completely. Have the linemen challenge, QB skills challenge, fastest man etc. Don't know why they are so oblivious to what fans might want to see.
    When they do stuff like that with nfl legends and celebrities it's pretty boring. They do it every year for the Madden release. It'd be like watching the combine coverage but with pros.

    Plus, who wants to see lineman blocking over and over again 1 on 1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Nut View Post
    Because they've probably done tons of marker research and fans aren't that interested in this.

    Or they couldn't sell a Superstars like contest to the networks.
    Sell it to FB

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    Have a cheerleader all star game in the mud

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    An All-Star game just doesn't work in football for whatever reason. I like the idea of a skills challenge and they used to do things like that in the past. I used to watch the lineman bench press contest, I think they did squats too. The QBs did accuracy stuff and the rest of the skilled guys did the fastest man competition. I am sure the two CJs would love to face each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRONX JET View Post
    Have a cheerleader all star game in the mud
    Jello, cleaner and edible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Nut View Post
    Because they've probably done tons of marker research and fans aren't that interested in this.

    Or they couldn't sell a Superstars like contest to the networks.
    I'd like to think I'm like most fans when it comes to what I enjoy about the NFL, so it's hard to believe most fans wouldn't enjoy something like that over the snoozefest glorified touch tackle game that is the Pro Bowl. You might have a point about the network angle.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ego Trip View Post
    When they do stuff like that with nfl legends and celebrities it's pretty boring. They do it every year for the Madden release. It'd be like watching the combine coverage but with pros.

    Plus, who wants to see lineman blocking over and over again 1 on 1?
    I've always enjoyed the QB challenge (do they even do it anymore?). The linemen challenge was kind of combinesque I suppose, but it was still fun to watch these guys hulk out on the weights. Fastest man was pretty good, but that might've been on the Superstars.
    Last edited by Jetworks; 07-31-2013 at 05:22 PM.

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    Wasnt it fun back in the 80s with marino, montana, elway etc? and before hand they had the qb challange etc.

    Was I just young and thought it was cool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe W. Namath View Post
    Wasnt it fun back in the 80s with marino, montana, elway etc? and before hand they had the qb challange etc.

    Was I just young and thought it was cool?
    two different things though, QB Challenge had nothing to do with the pro bowl

    I loved it though. We even had O'Brien out there chucking it with others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdanNJ View Post
    just get rid of the game, the players dodnt play cause they are afraid of getting hurt. just honor all the pro bowlers. or even better, have some type of skills competion.
    owners actually wanted to but the players wanted it to stay. it is a free vaca and a bonus for a lot of guys. the new format is supposed to draw more public interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamers View Post
    owners actually wanted to but the players wanted it to stay. it is a free vaca and a bonus for a lot of guys. the new format is supposed to draw more public interest.
    Goodell has been toying with the pro bowl format for years and nothing has worked. It's inept. Why not have Marky Mark bend over in front of his boytoy Tom Brady and snap the ball from Center? Celebrity Guest Players in the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    An All-Star game just doesn't work in football for whatever reason. I like the idea of a skills challenge and they used to do things like that in the past. I used to watch the lineman bench press contest, I think they did squats too. The QBs did accuracy stuff and the rest of the skilled guys did the fastest man competition. I am sure the two CJs would love to face each other.
    Skills competitions are horrible to watch. This idea is worse than the new format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by escamoter2 View Post
    Skills competitions are horrible to watch. This idea is worse than the new format.
    I disagree. I remember them doing the QB challenge and it was entertaining. Seeing the players out of pads doing accuracy and range drills. Gave you a real feel for the skills they have. It was better then the home run derby IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Nut View Post
    They'll pick players regardless of conference, won't play AFC vs NFC.

    2014 Pro Bowl features new format for NFL all-star game
    National Football League
    Published: July 31, 2013 at 01:50 p.m.

    The 2014 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald's, will feature a new format for the NFL All-Star Game based on major changes proposed by NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth designed to make it the ultimate fan-friendly celebration of the game, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced Wednesday.

    Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that has existed since 1971. Instead, players will be selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting will earn distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many are from AFC or NFC teams.

    Players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, in which two leading vote getters will join two NFL.com fantasy football champions -- who will attend the Pro Bowl -- to draft players. One of these champions will earn their spot as part of Lenovo's Fantasy Coach of the Year program, which provides NFL.com fans a chance to be rewarded for their fantasy football skills. The other champion can compete for a Pro Bowl role by playing at NFL.com/fantasy.

    The fantasy football champions will have Hall of Fame help. Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni team captains, assisting the Pro Bowl team captains and fantasy football champions in the draft process.

    "As players, we wanted to keep the Pro Bowl to honor excellence in individual performance and connect with the fans in a different environment," Foxworth said. "To do that, I worked with a group of players to map out new ideas."

    The Pro Bowl player draft will air on Wednesday, January 22 on NFL Network. Players will practice with their teams on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Divisional playoffs with the best regular-season record. The 2014 Pro Bowl takes place on Sunday, January 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, and will be televised by NBC.

    "We were very receptive to the ideas that Domonique and the players put forth," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "From there, our office worked closely with him in developing the concept. The players made it clear that they wanted to continue the Pro Bowl and were committed to making it better than ever. We think these changes will enhance the game for both fans and players."

    In addition to these changes, several other aspects of the Pro Bowl will be new in 2014:

    Game within the Game -- A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters and the ball will change hands after each quarter. This will increase the opportunities for quarterbacks to direct "two-minute drills," which are especially exciting for fans.

    No Kickoffs -- The coin toss will determine which team is awarded possession first. The ball will be placed on the 25-yard line at the start of each quarter and after scoring plays.

    Rosters -- The rosters will continue to consist of 43 players per squad. The kick return specialist will be replaced by an additional defensive back.

    Cover Two and Press Coverage -- The defense will be permitted to play "cover two" and "press" coverage. In previous years, only "man" coverage was permitted, except for goal line situations.

    Stopping of the Game Clock -- Beginning at the two-minute mark of every quarter, if the offense does not gain at least one yard, the clock will stop as if the play were an incomplete pass. This rule will make the team with the ball attempt to gain yardage toward the end of each quarter.

    Game Timing -- The game clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the referee, except inside the last two minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half.

    Play Clock -- A 35-second/25-second play clock will be adopted instead of the typical 40-second/25-second clock.

    Sacks -- The game clock will not stop on quarterback sacks outside of the final two minutes of the game. Currently, the game clock stops in these situations outside of two- minutes of the second and fourth quarters.
    You got to be kidding me! Have them play a competitive game of flag would work better than this. I honestly would rather watch the POP Warner superbowl that weekend than this joke of a game with this new f-up format.

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