Goodell: Pro Bowl play rises
HONOLULU - 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 Reddit that he thought the game improved from last year, when players were clearly not trying and were booed by fans in Hawaii. 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. He said he plans to get detailed input and comment from players over the next few weeks.The league has said it plans to decide on the future of the Pro Bowl by April, when next season's schedule is expected to be released. JAGUARS: Jacksonville hired Todd Wash as defensive line coach, Luke Butkus as assistant offensive line coach and Tony Sorrentino as offensive quality control coach. New coach Gus Bradley also retained four assistants: strength and conditioning coordinator Tom Myslinski, assistant strength and conditioning coach Josh Hingst, strength assistant Cedric Scott and defensive assistant Brandon Blaney. PANTHERS: Carolina announced three assistants have been added to Ron Rivera's coaching staff. The Panthers hired Ken Dorsey as their new quarterbacks coach, Jim Skipper as running backs coach and Al Holcomb as linebackers coach. SAINTS: Team spokesman Greg Bensel said general manager Mickey Loomis has a contract that runs through 2017. Bensel says Loomis agreed to the deal last August but the team chose not to discuss it publicly until Monday.