A new Pro Bowl, a day off and a mashup

Posted by Darren Urban on July 31, 2013 – 12:25 pm

The Cardinals have the day off, so the NFL did us a favor and threw out a little news: The Pro Bowl is changing. The biggest news of these changes is that, instead of AFC-NFC, the Pro Bowlers will be picked and then “drafted” on to two separate teams. Could that mean Patrick Peterson covering Larry Fitzgerald in the Pro Bowl? Yes. Then again, we see this all the time in camp. (It’s been suggested this won’t work, that say Terrell Suggs can’t be asked to sack Joe Flacco, or Aldon Smith to Colin Kaepernick. Maybe. Seems like, in general, a good idea for a game looking for good ideas.)

There will be other changes too. From the NFL release:

  • Game within the Game – A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters and the ball will change hands after each quarter.  This will increase the opportunities for quarterbacks to direct “two-minute drills,” which are especially exciting for fans.
  • No Kickoffs – The coin toss will determine which team is awarded possession first.  The ball will be placed on the 25-yard line at the start of each quarter and after scoring plays.
  • Rosters – The rosters will continue to consist of 43 players per squad.  The kick return specialist will be replaced by an additional defensive back.
  • Cover Two and Press Coverage – The defense will be permitted to play “cover two” and “press” coverage.  In previous years, only “man” coverage was permitted, except for goal line situations.
  • Stopping of the Game Clock – Beginning at the two-minute mark of every quarter, if the offense does not gain at least one yard, the clock will stop as if the play were an incomplete pass.  This rule will make the team with the ball attempt to gain yardage toward the end of each quarter.
  • Game Timing – The game clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the referee, except inside the last two minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half.
  • Play Clock – A 35-second/25-second play clock will be adopted instead of the typical 40-second/25-second clock.
  • Sacks – The game clock will not stop on quarterback sacks outside of the final two minutes of the game.  Currently, the game clock stops in these situations outside of two minutes of the second and fourth quarters.

We’ll see how it works.

— The Cardinals are off today. They resume meetings tonight and have practice outside at the team’s Tempe facility tomorrow. I’ll be curious to see how many of the injuries can be cleared up by then. (The team goes back to University of Phoenix Stadium Friday and Saturday, with Saturday being the Red-White practice.) Here’s the list of players who were still out yesterday: G Daryn Colledge (calf), WR Robert Gill (hamstring), TE Alex Gottlieb (hamstring), TE Jeff King (knee), TE Kory Sperry (ankle), RB Ryan Williams (knee), CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), WR LaRon Byrd (concussion).

— With six days of camp and five practices in the books, it’s a good time to recap. So here’s the first mashup of camp. Truth be told, it’s very cool.

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18 Responses to “A new Pro Bowl, a day off and a mashup”

  1. By Aaron on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren. Love all the new video and writing. Can you please tell me what was the music you used on the Slo mo video from sundays practice. Thank you. AG

  2. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Aaron —

    RE: Music

    I will try and get that answer for you.

  3. By Mike G on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is good! No one likes the NFL more than myself but the league
    has to stop it with these changes. The Pro Bowl is just a gimmick game anymore with no real meaning–Heck the players don’t even want to play it anymore proven by all the players that back out of the game the week before it is scheduled. No more kickoffs–special teams are becoming less important every year—I think it is jjust boring to place the ball on the 25 yard line. The kickoff return used to be one of the most exciting plays within the game. The additional 2 minute warnings and the possession changes after each QTR are just ridiculous rule changes. Football iis just not the same as it was in its heyday– Darren–Do you think these changes on the surface are good for the game?????

  4. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Seems like Colledge, R Williams, Fleming, Byrd (some as noted by Darren and others) may be at risk of making roster.

    Got phone call from Cards tix office w headsup on Cards being on NFL Network yesterday. Recorded; then deleted after scrolling for 15 minutes.. was mostly loud mouth Deion Sanders repeating what losers Cards are and will be. Don’t like that punk. Will enjoy his poor mouthing as we punk his 9ers and Seahags and make a run… Go Cards!

  5. By Dana on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Im not surprised by Deon, most of the rest of the NFL is not giving the cards any respect. One website had the cards rated at 30 out of 32 teams. Did they just forget that at one time last year the cards were 4-0 with Kobb at QB? Seems like everyone agrees we have made many upgrades this year to the offense, if the D plays anywhere close to what they did last year they will all be eating crow, tough division or not.

  6. By nodavis2000 on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Thank goodness football is back!!!

    I saw the NFL article that outlined the above rule changes. Some I like while others I don’t like. My question is this though: Above on the “Rosters” rule, it said that teams had 43 players per squad. So is this a typo or are the rosters now best 43 and not 53???

    Love your and Josh’s articles!!!

  7. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    nodavis —

    RE: Rosters

    The Pro Bowl never had 53 guys.

  8. By tbru on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    I misread this, thinking these rules were for the regular season. I was about to have a fit. Change the rules all you want for the probowl, no one watches it anyway. want to make it relevant? How about a million dollar bonus for each player on the winning team.

  9. By AzDesertRat1953 on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Well that is some interesting changes to the pro-bowl. The one about a team not getting a yard inside the two min. mark stops the clock. Now that’s the only one that sounds interesting. No running the clock out by taking a knee.

    What do you think Darren could they be testing some of these ideas out to see what it does to the game in general?

    You know it will happen, when the QB and offence have to handle the ball all the way the the end of the clock when they are winning, it will cause Something Somewhere to go very Wrong at times, we all know this for a Fact, it’s the NFL!

    GO CARDS!!!

  10. By nodavis2000 on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, I did the same thing tbru. I read the above rules and thought these were changes to the regular season. I thought that Goodell just changed football forever!!! (I wouldn’t mind the “Stopping of the Game Clock” rule though…)

    Hey Darren, another quick question. Is the Red & White Practice is in Tempe or at the Glendale Stadium???

  11. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    nodavis —

    RE: Red-White

    All open practices are at the stadium.

  12. By stevenanimator on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    Wow – the new NFL rule changes to the clock are significant, especially that the game clock is going to run even after an incomplete pass outside of the 2 minute mark! That’s going to shorten games by a lot.

    Darren, maybe you have more inside knowledge, but it sounds like most of these rule changes were designed to minimize contact?

  13. By Darren Urban on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    Steven —

    RE: Pro Bowl rules

    They are designed to hopefully make the Pro Bowl better and therefore, worth doing every year. The game is in trouble.

  14. By clssylssy on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    I know Goodell gets the blame for all the rule changes and lame ideas (such as the London games and moving a team to LA when that has proven unsuccessful twice already) but the fact is that he is the mouthpiece for the Owners and they cow tow to the almighty dollar. It seems that many fans don’t get that the Probowl is an exhibition game to honor the NFL’s top players and is not meant to be a Superbowl type event. “Top players” are the players who have 1) contributed most to their respective teams and the game of football 2) had the best year aaccording to stats 3) represented a fanchise best as voted on by fans 4) Traditionally marked the end of football (until somebody had the not-so-bright idea of moving it before the Superbowl), Certain games are to pay homage and honor the greats in the sport of football–The Hall of Fame Game is played at the beginning of the season to honor all those who have made the sport great including the players being inducted into the Hall. The Probowl traditionally honored the players who made the season great and was the period defining the end of the season. It’s unfortunate that our beloved game is being changed in so dramatically that it soon will be unreconizeable and such traditions as the Hall of Fame Game and Probowl are being jacked around so as to loose all meaning and make them less entertaining than an x-box game. I enjoy and look forward to the Probowl and thought last year’s game was the best it had been since shifting the timing to after the Superbowl. Part of the reason the players don’t play is that they are already committed to playing in the Superbowl which is part of the reason for backups. The changes made in the rules are absurd and I have to wonder if that’s by design so thet the league can finally do away with the Probowl alltogether. The league needs to leave the game and it’s traditions alone!

  15. By johnnybluenose on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    The NFL is looking for new ideas for the Pro Bowl ? Just can it. It’s a total waste of time.

  16. By Scott H on Aug 1, 2013 | Reply

    Sounds interesting. They definitely need to do SOMETHING wiith the Pro Bowl to make it better because it is God-awful in its present form. If I were king of the world, I would keep the process of players being voted to Pro Bowl status but I would leave it at that. Why does there have to be a game, especially a game as horrible and out-of-control as the last several have been??? It’s a FOOTBALL game but the final scores are starting to resemble a basketball game. There are defensive players on the field – supposedly the best the NFL has to offer – but there is no defense being played. It’s a joke. And that is openly acknowledged at this point.

    Plus, because the game is now played before the Super Bowl, you have so many players dropping out and you end up with more alternates than anything else. It would be an embarassment for the NFL to allow this sham to continue.

    Like I said, I would keep the process of voting players to Pro Bowl status. perhaps instead of a game, there could be a skills competition kind of thing that would be purely for fun – fun for the players and fun for the fans. Make it something that would give the players a chance to show us their personalities. Let us see them clowning around, being spontaneous, having fun. Let us see them having the kind of fun they can’t have during a real game. i guarantee it would be better than what we have now!

  17. By Eazy E on Aug 4, 2013 | Reply

    They’re trying. I do watch every year though. It was better this year.

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