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NFL changes Pro Bowl format

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    NFL changes Pro Bowl format
    Eric Weddle could defend Philip Rivers, but he couldn't return a kick
    11:34 A.M. JULY 31, 2013

    The days of red vs. blue, AFC vs. NFC are done.

    The NFL and NFL Players Association jointly announced Wednesday sweeping changes to their Pro Bowl format, including the mixture of players from the two conferences. A shakeup was rumored in recent years with the league expressing concern over the annual All-Star game's popularity level, and the ratifications chosen are fairly dramatic.

    Whether the game will be more enjoyable for fans remains to be seen.

    Fans, coaches and players will vote for All-Stars like before, an inherently flawed process that invites debate over which deserving players were snubbed, only now without respect to conference. As an example, instead of three quarterbacks from the AFC and three from the NFC, voters will nominate six quarterbacks for the Pro Bowl.

    Once voted, a draft will decide the roster to which players are assigned. The selection process is similar to fantasy football or freshman P.E. class, as two top vote-getters take turns selecting his respective team. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and safety Eric Weddle, if voted, can theoretically be opponents in the All-Star game.

    Each player captain has help in the draft process, being joined by an NFL alumnus and NFL.com fantasy football champion. Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as the NFL alumni for the 2014 inaugural draft.

    Other changes are to the game itself.

    Among the most major, every quarter serves as its own half. There will be a two-minute warning to the second and fourth quarter, and possession will change hands following every quarter.

    Kickoffs have been eliminated. The ball will be placed at the 25-yard line at the start of every quarter and following each score. The 43-man roster spot previously reserved for a return specialist now goes to a defensive back.

    As opposed to being limited to "man" coverage, defenses can play cover-2 and press.

    There also are adjustments to the game clock designed to help speed the pace of the game. In one example, beginning at every quarter's two-minute mark, if the offense does not gain at least one yard, the clock will stop as if an incomplete pass was thrown. The rule is designed to force offenses to attempt to gain yardage before the quarter ends.

    The Pro Bowl draft will be televised Jan. 22 on the NFL Network. The game will be played Jan. 26 in Honolulu on NBC.

    No Chargers were selected to the Pro Bowl last season.
     
  2. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    I reeeally like this idea :)
     
  3. Blue Bolt

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    Oh, does this mean the players will actually play harder? ;)
     
  4. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Newsflash

    Already irrelevant and pointless event becomes more irrelevant and less pointless
     
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  5. powayslugger

    powayslugger Feckless Slappy

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    This sounds interesting. I like the idea of players getting drafted this way, But these ticky-tac rule changes make it seem more like a carnival act than a football game. But hey WTF do I know. Maybe it will get fans to tune in and not change the channel. I haven't watched a pro bowl in something like 10 years.

    P.S. Maybe they will be play testing rule changes for the upcoming season?
     
  6. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I love the smell of football in the morning.

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    Why don't they just put flags on the players too? It's not like they are playing for one conference's home field advantage for the playoffs or anything...
     
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  7. Joy Division

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    I think you mean "more" pointless. -Grammar Police
     
  8. Dublin Bolt

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    The Pro Bowl has been dead to me for years. It will continue to remain so by the sounds of it.
     
  9. SDRaiderH8er

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    you can apply all the spit and polish all you want, a piece of C**p is still a piece of C**p.
     
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  10. ChargerMike

    ChargerMike BoltBruthaFromAnuthMutha

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    The Suck just got Suck-ier. :poop:
     
  11. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Meh.
     
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  12. DenverBolt67

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    They should. Could you image Liuget and Rivers on opposite teams and Rivers getting sacked by Liuget, potentially getting hurt?

    By the way, I still couldn't care less about the game. I would just hate for players to get injured in a game that is meaningless
     
  13. Sydalish

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    Of course not - but at least they're trying something new. I'd rather watch a FUN game than a competitive one when it comes to a ProBowl - it's for exhibition and celebration.
     
  14. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

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    I know everyone hates the Pro Bowl (well most people), but this change is pretty cool. I mean come on, teammates become opponents in the all-star game. :)

    I will be watching the first year for sure.
     
  15. EOTL

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    Can't say I ever really hated the Pro Bowl. I just liked watching and keeping tabs on any Chargers that made the roster.

    As for this rule change, it sounds interesting so I'll probably tune in, at least for a little bit.
     
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  16. Fossil

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    Pro Bowl? Do they even play that still?
     
  17. PanchoX1

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    hmm. Might make it a bit more interesting.
     

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