Among those who agreed with Polian's words were QB Donovan McNabb as well as former coaches Jon Gruden and Brian BIllick.
Goodell has said that for next year, the NFL itself can decide whether or not they want the pro bowl to take place before or after the Super Bowl.
In response to the criticisms, Goodell told the Miami Herald this:
"Here's where I like it: I think you should stop or end your season when you reach the pinnacle. The pinnacle is the Super Bowl. I think it's anticlimactic when you come back with the Pro Bowl the week after the Super Bowl."It is also a strong possibility that the Pro Bowl stay the week before but is moved back to Hawaii.
Putting all that aside, the game was pretty much how we remembered it. Poor tackling, and a lot of big plays. The NFL is trying to have an All-Star game like that of the other three sports, a one in which people actually put some meaning into it. Putting it before the season actually ends was an attempt at giving it some legitamacy, but I just don't see anyone, fan or player, ever actually investing something in such an event.
Players get hurt all too easily in football, and at the end of the day, there's just no reason to play "another game for fun" when there is so much at stake.
In case you missed it, here's a not-so-good clip of Steve Smith's lone reception of the game. Enjoy: