The NFL has been tinkering with the Pro Bowl in an attempt to raise the interest for the general public, as well as the players themselves. Too often, the all-star game looked like a high school pre-game practice, as the defenses did not hit and there was an understanding between the linemen not to exert energy.
The 2013-14 changes involve the eradication of AFC/NFC teams.
Instead, in an attempt to draw in fantasy football participants, teams will be drafted.
That means Eric Weddle could be going up against Antonio Gates.
Other changes include no kick offs, defenses have more freedom to play different coverages and various rules regarding stopping the clock. But the main rule change is what the NFL is calling “unconferenced teams.”
Which, if any, Chargers get selected will be determined by fan votes as well as by an NFL.com fantasy league champion and team “captains” Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice.
San Diego should have at least four players represented in the Pro Bowl because of their level of play. Of course, we all know it is more of a popularity vote and not necessarily a true indication of the best in the league, so even four may be a long-shot.
There are also additional players who could potentially be selected for the Pro Bowl.
In order of “Most Likely” to “Least Likely,” here are the seven Chargers who could be headed to Hawaii for the January 26 game (unless, of course, San Diego makes it to the Super Bowl).