Voting recently opened up for the 2014 Pro Bowl roster spots and San Francisco 49er fans can vote for who they think should be given the honor. Niner fans can go vote here on the official 2014 Pro Bowl ballot.
This year’s Pro Bowl voting is different from previous seasons. Each fan is allowed six votes to cast at each position, regardless of conference. The top two vote-getters on offense and defense become team captains for Deion Sanders‘ team and Jerry Rice‘s team. In a fantasy draft style setting, the captains pick from the voted all-stars to form the teams. So we could see 49er teammates facing off against each other.
Here are the other rule changes for the Pro Bowl game:
- 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.
- Stopping of the Game Clock — Beginning at the two-minute mark of every quarter, if the offense does not gain at least one yard, the clock will stop as if the play were an incomplete pass. This rule will make the team with the ball attempt to gain yardage toward the end of each quarter.
- Game Timing — The game clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the referee, except inside the last two minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half.
- Play Clock — A 35-second/25-second play clock will be adopted instead of the typical 40-second/25-second clock.
- Sacks — The game clock will not stop on quarterback sacks outside of the final two minutes of the game. Currently, the game clock stops in these situations outside of two- minutes of the second and fourth quarters.
Niner players to consider voting for on your ballot:
NaVorro Bowman: Leads San Francisco with 100 tackles, fourth overall in the NFL, and has two sacks and two forced fumbles through Week 12.
Anquan Boldin: Not only is Boldin worthy of a Pro Bowl roster spot, but he easily could be voted MVP of the 49ers. Can you imagine what San Francisco’s offense would look like without Boldin? This season, Anquan leads the team in receptions (52) and receiving yards (724). He also has five touchdown receptions.
Donte Whitner: His hard hits from the secondary have helped limit opposing offenses from establishing a running game on the 49ers this season. Whitner has recorded 50 tackles, two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered another this season.
C.J. Spillman: Strictly because of his role on special teams, Spillman will likely make the Pro Bowl as a special teamer. This season he has been one of the best gunner’s in the NFL on returns as he has 18 tackles on special teams.