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It looks like the NFL is finally ready to fix the Pro Bowl.
The quality of play in the all-star game has deteriorated to the point of being nearly unwatchable for most football fans. With Pro Bowl ratings hitting a 16-year low in 2022, drastic adjustments may be coming soon.
Ian Rapport The NFL Network reported Tuesday that the league is discussing adjustments to Pro Bowl week. The topic came up in Atlanta as part of a regularly scheduled owners meeting, according to brand maske of the Washington Post.
The most significant change could be the cancellation of the game itself.
It would not be a controversial decision. Approximately 80 percent of fans who responded to a Twitter poll Tuesday afternoon agreed the Pro Bowl game should be scrapped.
However, the league doesn’t seem interested in ditching the week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl altogether. He still wants to show off his biggest stars during that time, according to Rapoport.
While most would agree that a change in the Pro Bowl is necessary, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on the best way to go about it.
He seems likely to move away from a full 11v11 contest. Mask revealed that a seven-on-seven contest with no tackle was being considered as an alternative.
Bleacher Report surveyed app users and saw some mixed results on how the NFL should replace the Pro Bowl. While “just get rid of the whole week” was in the lead on Tuesday afternoon with 36.6 percent of the vote, “add more to the skill challenge” was only slightly behind at 35, 4 percent.
Only 17.3 percent of voters want to see a seven-on-seven linemen-only game, while races to determine the fastest player garnered 10.7 percent of the vote.
If the league needs inspiration, there’s no shortage of options on social media. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting alternatives.
old school vs new school
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Chad JohnsonA six-time Pro Bowler, he wants to see current stars take on retired Pro Bowlers in a flag football matchup.
Johnson’s idea might have some upside, especially since the league honored legacy Pro Bowlers by having the likes of Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice as team captains during the Pro Bowl draft era in the mid-2010s. recently retired could give the current generation of elite talent a chance in a seven-on-seven game.
Coaxing stars who probably still have something left in their tank, like Andrew Luck, Julian Edelman, Marshawn Lynch and many others, out of retirement and into a game of flag football could be competitive and fun.
As Johnson said, this one would likely break the Pro Bowl qualification record.
best skills contests
Former NFL safety Su’a Cravens he wants to see the return of the Pro Bowl to Hawaii (it moved from Aloha Stadium half a decade ago) and more skills competitions throughout the week.
Returning the event to Aloha Stadium would add more sparkle to Pro Bowl week. Hawaii is an exciting destination for players and fans, and the state no longer sees regular NFL action.
The other half of Cravens’ idea could make Pro Bowl week even more exciting. Expanding on the current Skills Showdown, which already includes Precision Pass, Thread the Needle, Best Catch, and Fastest Man events, as well as a game of Dodgeball, by creating new challenges would make for an exciting watch.
Competitions to see who can throw the longest pass or kick the longest field goal, regardless of position, would add a level of intrigue that the Pro Bowl has lacked. The NFL could even bring in specialists to compete in these events, even if they are not selected as Pro Bowlers, much like the NBA invites its best athletes to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest.
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Speaking of the dunk contest, radio host rich eisen he thinks there should be one involving NFL players. That idea might get some traction, since nearly 70 percent of Twitter voters believe the NBA has the best All-Star Game of the four major American sports leagues.
It would be unconventional, but who wouldn’t want to see the huge NFL linemen throwing dunks at the windmill in the lead up to the Super Bowl?
Stars like Myles Garrett, Odell Beckham Jr., Tyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes and many others have shown their art in slam dunks in the past. There could also be some hidden gems lurking in the Pro Bowl field.
If the league were to add a dunk contest to the Skills Showdown, it could very well end up being one of the most popular events with viewers.
Combine exercises for cash
denver broncos reporter benjamin albright he wants to eliminate any type of Pro Bowl game and instead focus on mixed-style workouts and drills with money on the line.
Allbright’s idea would give an added incentive to participants who typically go to great lengths to avoid risk of injury in the Pro Bowl. With cash on hand, which could end up in your bank account or go to your favorite charities, players would have more reason to give it their all in these events.
NFL stars would do reps on the bench press, run 40-yard dashes, show off their vertical jumps and execute the rest of the combo-style tests they probably haven’t done since they were hopeful recruits in Indianapolis.
It would also provide some interesting tidbits for fans, as they could compare a Pro Bowler’s current tryout numbers to those before he entered the league.
Bring on the NCAA
Wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints Jarvis Landry he wants to see college football become part of the Pro Bowl every week by having pro players coach the Senior Bowl.
Having the NCAA and NFL star showcases intermingled in the same place during the same week could help these respective events. Top college stars could compete against top pros in skill challenges and combo events, which most fans would love to witness.
Landry’s idea would also give players a chance to try their hand at coaching, potentially opening up a post-game career option they wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to.
It would also give pro staff strong access to college talent, helping teams get acquainted with the prospects they will soon have the opportunity to recruit.
With the rise of the USFL, it may be time to talk about bringing relegation to major American sports.
While there is almost zero chance of team owners doing so, @fah_fl0p on the Bleacher Report app suggested that the USFL champion should face the lowest team in the NFL with relegation on the line.
Soccer fans would probably agree with this. Relegating the worst teams and promoting the best from a minor league encourages a better competitive environment and discourages tanking.
The NFL may never adopt it, but a Relegation Bowl would surely make a more intriguing watch than sitting through another Pro Bowl in its current format.
nfl x Survivor
One of the top comments in the Bleacher Report app’s Pro Bowl discussion came courtesy of @billdelano. He suggested that the league hold a hard knocksA reality television-style show where Pro Bowlers are sent to Hawaii to compete in a tag team survivor competition.
This would give fans a better look at these NFL stars off the field as they face challenges they don’t face on the gridiron.
nfl x chopped up
Longtime NFL reporter jose anderson he likes the idea of replacing the Pro Bowl with a cookout and ceremony for the league’s top stars.
Going a step further, perhaps the NFL players themselves could provide the fare for this cookout. The league could hold a chopped upcompetition style or barbecue showdown that identifies the top culinary talents among the Pro Bowlers.
It may not be hard-hitting football, but many players, especially NFL linemen, are serious about their cooking and would probably risk everything if this idea were adopted.
Pick Bowl #1
This is one of the most interesting ideas out there as it would create competitive and meaningful football. While the Pro Bowl wouldn’t be the star showcase the league has traditionally used it for, a draft pick bowl could be combined with Anderson’s idea of a cookout and ceremony for the NFL’s best.
Regardless of what the NFL decides to do, just about anything will be better than the current Pro Bowl format. With so many exciting ideas floating around right now, the league could throw a dart at one and make the Pro Bowl better.