With the Pro Bowl 2012 over, the Pro Bowl in of itself needs several changes. Although I realize that the NFL does not want any of the players hurt, it does not mean they should play glorified flag football for the fans. The fans paid hard money in this depressing economy, and they deserve the players to actually show up for the game. Unfortunately, the NFL players got most of the fans’ hard earned money for this charade of a game.
Here’s my list of approved changes to the Pro Bowl in 2013:
- Make tackling relevant. The NFL All-Stars on defense showed up for a reason — to tackle. Illegal tackling, such as horse-collar tackles and spearing, should be avoided, but everything else should be legal.
- Tight End Formation. Having a tight end on each down is good, but the tight ends should participate more as blockers and tacklers like they do during the regular season.
- Needs More Twists. Seriously, the linebackers need to allow to twist.
- Needs More Gadget Plays. As gimmicky as this sounds, the NFC and the AFC for the 2012 Pro Bowl did this well. At least, the coaches were allowed to reinvent the wheel and experiment. Hopefully, this opens up more varied tactics during the upcoming regular season.
- Running Backs Need to Rush More. As inclined as say the New England Patriots Tom Brady and New Orleans Saints Drew Brees might be to pass instead, running backs need to be on display again. They barely showed up in the first half of the 2012 Pro Bowl.
- Needs More Touchdown Celebrations. The referees should withhold their excessive celebration flags and allow the players to use props and celebrate however way they like when they score a touchdown.
- Cornerbacks and Safeties Should Play Hard on Coverage. They should be permitted to close down the breathing room of wide receivers like they do during the regular season.
- Overload Blitzes Should be Permitted. C’mon, dude. The defense should allow overload blitzes more often to sack the quarterback. With the quarterbacks this elite in the Pro Bowl, they should be permitted to manhandle the offensive line like they do during the regular season.
These are my suggestions for the next Pro Bowl. With that, it might make the game more exciting to watch. Although high offensive scoring might appease some of the crowd, it does not appeal to fans who actually watch football instead of being an armchair quarterback.
- Pro Bowl 2012: Players Thinking About Money (sbnation.com)
- 2012 Pro Bowl Final Score: AFC Wins, 59-41, Over NFC (boston.sbnation.com)
- 2012 Pro Bowl Roster: Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Willis Highlight NFC Starters (sbnation.com)