The NFL is saying goodbye to the old Pro Bowl format which has been in place since the game was introduced in 1951.
Instead, the league will be introducing the Pro Bowl Games this season.
It will be a week-long celebration of player skills that will feature an exciting format and culminate in a flag football game between the two conferences.
Omaha Productions, owned by Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, will be involved in the game.
The five-time NFL Most Valuable Player will also coach one of the teams.
The Pro Bowl Games will also incorporate new challenges wherein players can showcase their football and non-football talent.
Changes to the Pro Bowl have this editor trashing how it used to be run.
Goodbye, NFL Pro Bowl. It's been a joke for so long. I think the skills challenge/flag football is the way to go.
— Tommy Jaggi (@TommyJaggi) September 26, 2022
He does have a point after the last Pro Bowl pulled in an audience of only 6.7 million viewers, its lowest since 2006.
It is still a higher number compared to the NBA All-Star Game, but low for NFL standards.
However, a former agent has serious concerns regarding the Pro Bowl’s new format.
I wonder if full squads are still going to be selected for the Pro Bowl Games. Multiple players have incentives or salary escalators in their contracts for being named to the Pro Bowl.
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) September 26, 2022
Players wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to earn more dollars by earning a Pro Bowl nod, and that reality is in danger given the transition to flag football.
Meanwhile, the shift to a safer game will lessen potential injuries during the Pro Bowl.
But this fan can’t help but wonder if there have been any serious physical concerns during the game.
Hell has there ever been in injury in the actual pro bowl as bad as Robert Edwards in that flag fb game? He almost lost his leg!
— Billy Gomila (@BillyGomila) September 26, 2022
Some Suggestions For The Pro Bowl
A number of football fans don’t think that the changes will be enough to pull in more viewers.
Instead, they have come up with suggestions like swapping positions during the game.
I have an idea for this new Flag Football Pro Bowl
Swap the defense with the offense
J. Ramsey at WR ~ J. Jefferson at CB
— Swoosh🏁 (@JohnnyHSD) September 26, 2022
Likewise, this fan believes that making the game more relevant is better than pitting the best players from the NFC and the AFC.
I still like the idea of replacing the pro bowl with a game matching up the worst two teams in the league playing for the first pick in the draft
— Chris Lynn (@LChrisLynn) September 26, 2022
the pro bowl used to give us this, man. NFL really fumbled. pic.twitter.com/5zAUrAazQh
— Kyron Samuels (@kyronsamuels) September 26, 2022
Despite the changes that will happen, it would be nice to see the bench press competition back.