Roger Goodell thinks Pro Bowl quality improved

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At least one key NFL executive thinks play improved at the Pro Bowl this year: Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell said Monday during a one-hour question and answer session on the social network Reddit that he thought the game improved from last year, when players were clearly not trying and were booed by fans in Hawaii.

“I watched the game and noticed the improved quality of the game,” Goodell said.

The NFC dominated the AFC 62-35 on Sunday in a game that had some highlight-quality plays but that quickly became lopsided.

Goodell said he appreciates the commitment from players to make the game better.

“We need to continually work to make our game better for the fans,” Goodell said. “I look forward to getting detailed player comment and input over the next few weeks.”

The league has said it plans to decide on the future of the Pro Bowl by April.

COWBOYS: Are looking for ways to improve how the team handles drunken driving in the wake of two high-profile arrests and the car crash death of a practice squad player, a team official and former Cowboys star said Monday.

Calvin Hill, who played six seasons for the Cowboys and is now a player development consultant, said the team understands the consequences of drunken driving, especially since it had “recently experienced the most tragic of circumstances regarding the issue.”

Nose tackle Josh Brent faces an intoxication manslaughter charge in a Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and practice squad member Jerry Brown. And last week, fellow Cowboys lineman Jay Ratliff was arrested after sideswiping a semitrailer truck. Ratliff is charged with driving while intoxicated.

PANTHERS: Added three assistants to Ron Rivera’s coaching staff.

Carolina hired Ken Dorsey as their new quarterbacks coach, Jim Skipper as running backs coach and Al Holcomb as linebackers coach.


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