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Goodell sounds like a coach on Pro Bowl

2/5/2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- Quarterback Aaron Rodgers kicked off Super Bowl week by complaining about the Pro Bowl.

Midway through the week, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick implied he felt similarly about the NFL's annual all-star game.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell capped the week by threatening to discontinue the annual all-star game if uncompetitive play continues.

Additionally competitive play should result now that the NFL's Most Valuable Player (Rodgers), its most decorated coach (Belichick) and highest-ranking executive (Goodell) have voiced their displeasure. Anyone planning to blatantly loaf through the game has been put on notice. Goodell's comments resembled what a coach might say through the media to get his team's attention. Time to step it up, guys.

George Atallah of the NFL Players Association responded Sunday by saying the game should continue.

I doubt the league would discontinue the game right away. TV ratings dipped some to a 7.9, but the Pro Bowl was still the highest-rated sporting event of the weekend. Players will not go full speed, nor should they. But they'll likely pick up the pace next year to avoid drawing more fire.