Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The Pro Bowl has been one game that some players refuse to play in and have by passed in the years past. Fans have started down the same path. With changes being made in hopes that the Pro Bowl will be resurrected, this years Pro Bowl has some new twist to it.
The NFL and the players association have eliminated the AFC vs NFC format and have brought in Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders to be the alumni captains and will choose the teams for their respective squads with the help of a NFL.com fantasy user. It is suppose to be the ultimate fan-friendly celebration of the game.
Here are some of the other changes that will be made posted by NFL.com
"Under the new format, players will be selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. Players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, which will air on Wednesday, Jan. 22, on NFL Network. The 2014 Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.»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."
You can check out some of the other changes to the Pro Bowl here.
As for the Buffalo Bills and the Pro Bowl, here are the players that were voted in by you the fans.
S – Jairus Byrd
DE – Mario Williams
DT – Kyle Williams
Did Kiko get snubbed? With the MLB position being the toughest in the NFL to break into and Bowman, Willis, Burfict and Kuechly making it in, I don’t know if Kiko got snubbed. It would have been great to see him there. He did have the numbers to make him a viable choice, but the fans, coaches and players didn’t see it that way. Maybe next year.