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Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:27 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 8:59 am
Goodell said the Pro Bowl could be eliminated. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Last Sunday's Pro Bowl was a sloppily-played joke of a game that was ripped by fans and the media. Aaron Rodgers came out and said some of his NFC teammates should be "embarrassed" by the way they played. LeSean McCoy told us that he was "one of those guys" who didn't try.

Which may explain why Roger Goodell said on Sunday morning that the NFL is "considering eliminating" the Pro Bowl.

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"I really didn't think that was the kind of football that we want to be demonstrating for our fans," Goodell said on Mike and Mike Sunday morning. "And you heard it from the fans. The fans were actively booing in the stands. They didn't like what they were seeing."

At the very least, Goodell said, something's going to change or the game will go away.

"We're either going to have to improve the quality of what we're doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes or even considering eliminating the game if that's the kind of quality game we're going to provide," Goodell said. "I know players love to be in Hawaii but we have to start with the quality of what we're doing.

"If the fans are responding negatively to what we're doing, we better listen. And that was my message."

Say whatever you want about Goodell (and if you're a Steelers fan, you'll probably say a lot), but the guy knows how to make the game of football more popular. If getting rid of the Pro Bowl does that, then Goodell won't hesitate to do so.

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Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:23 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

You would think Goodell would have loved this years pro bowl. Lots of offense and no hard hitting. Isn't this what he wants? Maybe he was mad that he couldn't fine anybody!!!

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:15 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Haven't watched one in twenty years....glad they've finally caught on!

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:54 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

The timing of the Pro Bowl is terrible.  You have players on the rosters that just got bounced from the playoffs, yet they are supposed to give it all to the Pro Bowl?  I've said this before, and I believe it's just incredibly hard to have an All-Star type game in such a violent sport where players are more prone to serious, career-threatening injuries.  Why risk it?  Sure, an NBA or MLB player can get hurt in their games as well, but football is another animal as we all know.  I just don't know how you can expect much from the players?  Their goals are to win their divisions, get to the playoffs, then win the SB.  Sure, being named to the Pro Bowl is a great accolade, but it's an individual accomplishment in a league where the only thing that truly matters comes via a total team effort.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:28 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Here's a thought.  Increase the payoff to the players to the same as the payoff to players in the Super Bowl.  Make it a little more worth their while.  Perhaps amend the Player Agreement so that any player elected to the Pro Bowl who either plays or is excused by reason of participation in the Super Bowl gets an option to extend his contract at the end of the contract with his team for guaranteed money if the conference's team wins the Pro Bowl and for 50% guaranteed money if the conference's team loses the Pro Bowl.  At this point people will play, and they will play hard.

Also, do away with the "no blitz, no press coverage" rules of the game.  Let the defenses play defense. 

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:14 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Why not make it a "fantasy" Pro Bowl game. Thindividual players and teams based on the NFL fantasy Football League are sent to the game. This way you reward a whole offensive line or densive Unit as that is what Football is more about with those positions. In lieu of that you could have a skill combine sort of like the old Superstars show. Where we could see each speciality player face the same obstacles.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:36 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Well, if no on etries and no one cares, then no one will essentially watch.  One of the jpys of competion, even vicarious competition for the fans, is that they care so much, that there is passion  of some sort.  Where there is no real passion, there is no interest.  I haven't watched the Pro Bowl in years, make that decades now.  It is just too dull and devoid of anything approaching real football.  I would rather let my wife have the day to watch one of her women's movies than commit to something so meaningless. 

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:22 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

we all realize that the pro-bowl is a simple, fun exhibition game. Why does every game, even the meaningless all-star games, have to have inherent value?
why cant they just be exhibition games?
who cares if no one plays hard?  the game does not count for anything. just let it be...

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:30 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Good Luck

Defenses can't stunt or blitz.  Makes sense because linemen that haven't played together before would have no way of anticipating what the blocking schemes should be.

But that means the secondary would have to cover receivers for an incredibly lengthy time compared to a real game of football because the quarterbacks have no pressure on them.  So if you're in the secondary it becomes a game of why should I try to cover this guy for 8 seconds when there is going to be a breakdown somewhere.

The problem with a football all-star game is that football is not based on individual talent like baseball, basketball, or hockey.  It's based on a scheme and having players execute that scheme.  You can't put together a scheme for a bunch of players who have never played together in a week and expect mid-season form once the game is played.

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:34 am
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Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:32 am

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

All-star games  are always a side show.
We can still make it fun and rewarding.

The NYG just won the Superbowl. The season is over.
Wouldn't it be great that the team got one more reward?

Two weeks after the Superbowl the league champion gets to play the NFL All Pro's. Players are selected the Tuesday after Superbowl.
Over 1/2 of the positions have been eliminated. A true honor to be that player.
The Superbowl team gets to go and play as a team - what an awesome reward.

The All-Pro's ? Can talent overcome a team effort?
No goofy rules.....What a fun game this could be.
Every Championship player is rewarded with a trip to Hawaii (fans in tow)... All Pro selections are now cut in half, better show or be embarassed. 

Goodell... hope you pick up my expense and have me there watching... This is a money maker for the league..

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