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Old 07-27-2013   #17
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Default Re: Possible Pro Bowl Change

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Originally Posted by Hervoyel View Post
They need to get over the idea that any kind of all-star game featuring NFL players is going to be competitive or exciting. It's not going to happen and nothing will make it happen. If you select your teams this way, or draw names out of a hat, or sort them in alphabetical order, or have fans fight death matches for the right to name a player to the Pro Bowl it won't make a bit of difference. The teams will still get out there and play at half speed trying not to hurt each other because there's too much money at stake.
Agreed.

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Originally Posted by Hervoyel View Post
The NFL should name Pro Bowl teams and send them to Hawaii but instead of letting them play a game they should have them do entertaining skills competitions and hang out all week long with a team of players about to enter the draft who are also picked by NFL coaches and players. Those guys will play an exhibition game along the lines of the Senior Bowl and it would actually serve a purpose. These guys would work for a week or two with NFL coaches and get to learn and make an impression.
I was thinking the same thing, except....
  1. Forget Hawaii
    It's expensive to get the players to Hawaii, now we're also going to send two full teams as well? Do it in Houston, or if they want to get the Northern venues into the post season festivities, do it in Chicago.

    The players selected to the Pro Bowl teams can pay their own way.. or not show up if they don't want to. I think eventually players will make their own way, just like a bunch of players make their way to the Super Bowl whether they're playing or not.
  2. Not draft eligible players
    I'd hate for a draft eligible player to get seriously injured before the draft.

    Instead, each probowler can sponsor any player who was not on an active roster for x number of games... So let's say Antonio Smith gets voted to the Pro Bowl. He can sponsor Terrell McClain since he was only active for three games of the 2012 season.

    So if Jj Watt also gets voted to the Pro Bowl, we don't have another DE or DT that fits the requirements, he can chose a guy he went to school with on another team.

    These guys would be looking for an opportunity to prove they can play at this level.

All week, we could see the ProBowler working with his protege. They could have silly competitions all week, Survivor style. Then they'd play all out for the game, not wanting to let their sponsors down.
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