NFL news roundup: Pro Bowl continues to struggle

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The league made huge changes to the Pro Bowl, and it's unclear whether they'll stick.

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The NFL made major changes to the Pro Bowl format in an effort to revitalize interest, and early reports indicated that the adjustments didn't work.

Viewership has declined for the third straight year, dropping below 12 million viewers to 11.7 on Sunday night. Commissioner Roger Goodell considered cancelling the Pro Bowl due to overall apathy towards the event paired with the high cost of hosting an NFL game in Hawaii.

The 2014 Pro Bowl was one of the most interesting games in some time thanks to the player draft and rule changes, but it's unclear if that's enough to save the event.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could retire following Super Bowl

Denver Broncos fans had been preparing themselves for the possible retirement of cornerback Champ Bailey following the Super Bowl, but there's another starting defensive back who seems poised to hang it up.

27-year-old Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made the surprising announcement that he could leave the NFL following the game on Sunday. He says it's a move he's "almost positive" will occur if the Broncos win.

Rodgers-Cromartie started the majority of games this season and totaled 31 tackles, three interceptions and 14 passes defended in his first year in Denver.

Ravens hire Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator

Former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak wasn't out of work long. News emerged Monday that the Baltimore Ravens would be hiring him as their new offensive coordinator, replacing Jim Caldwell.

Kubiak last served as offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos from 1995-2005. It's reported that Rick Dennison will take a step back to quarterbacks coach, serving as OC under Kubiak in 2013.

Bill Callahan staying in Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys continue their coaching staff retention with the news that offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will remain with the team.

Rumors swirled with news that Scott Linehan could be meeting with the organization, but it appears that potential hiring would be as an offensive assistant rather than coordinator.

Owner Jerry Jones is doubling down on the belief he has the right coaching staff in place and it remains to be seen if it's a move that will pay off long term.

Falcons give extension to leadership trio

The Atlanta Falcons finished at a disappointing 4-12 this season, but three of the team's top decision-makers were rewarded with new contracts.

Team president Rich McKay, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith all agreed to new deals, keeping them with the Falcons for the foreseeable future. Rumors swirled that there was a lack of trust in the group, particularly in Mike Smith, who was entering the final year of his contract.

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