The NFL is keeping the Pro Bowl, the league and players association announced on Wednesday.
And its partly your fault, because you watch it.
In its announcement, the NFL said 12.5 million people watched the Pro Bowl last season. Why?
The NFLs statement acknowledged how awful the game has been.
We have had many discussions with the players in recent years about the Pro Bowl, and they recognize that the quality of the game has not been up to NFL standards, said Ray Anderson, the NFLs executive vice president of football operations.
If Albert Haynesworth pulled his lying-on-the-field routine in a Pro Bowl, no one would even notice.
The basic problem with the Pro Bowl is the same problem with the other professional all-star games that stink no defense (plus, add the NFLers caution against injury). Might as well ditch the NBA and NHL all-star games, too. Baseballs all-star game was the first and remains the only one worth your time.
In his statement, Anderson also said: The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. In other words, they would like to continue to have a trip to Hawaii.
Pick Pro Bowl rosters. Give the players a free trip to Hawaii. Just dont play the game.
Rich Tandler and JP Finlay wrap up the Redskins offseason and prepare for what will be the most intriguing and the most overplayed storylines at training camp in Richmond.
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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 21, six days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 201 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 51 days.
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 20
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 29
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 43
Five Redskins who are under pressure going into training camp
QB Kirk Cousins–Going first with the most obvious. He’s under pressure to get this team back to the playoffs. Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine will help the running game and perhaps the defense will improve. But this team still will rise and fall by scoring points through the air. From his point of view, he’s on a one-year deal. If he is going to get a record long-term deal next year–or get the Redskins to cough up $35 million on the franchise tag–he’s going to need to play well.
WR Terrelle Pryor–He also is in the one-year contract situation so he needs to impress all 32 teams to drive up his value. He’s also being counted on to replace the 1,000-yard production of either Pierre Garçon or DeSean Jackson. Or maybe both. That’s a lot to put on the plate of a player in just his second full-time year at his position.
CB Josh Norman–Cousins has the highest 2017 salari on the team but Norman has the biggest contract on the team and he didn’t have the impact to match it last year. It’s not that he had a bad year but it’s reasonable to expect more interceptions and fewer penalties. It’s fair to give him a pass with it being his first year in the system. However, the Redskins have a window to release him without a debilitating cap hit after this season and if the value isn’t there you can’t rule out them pulling the trigger.
S Su’a Cravens–Everyone knows that Cravens is perhaps a step slow for a safety. He needs to make up for it with anticipation, which means paying attention to all the details in practice and doing a lot of extra film study. There is no questioning his work ethic but it’s a lot to absorb in a hurry.
OLB Preston Smith–When he is on, few are better. When he’s off, he can disappear for games on end. Consistency is the key for Smith this year. If he catches on and starts playing at his best all the time, he may be in line for a lucrative contract extension next offseason. If he falters, Trent Murphy, Junior Galette, and Ryan Anderson all will be waiting to lay claim to his snaps.
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