Luck replaces Rivers in Pro Bowl; Cowboys, Chargers staffs to coach

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was named to his fourth Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the NFL announced on Tuesday. Luck was selected as an alternate for the AFC squad, replacing Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who cannot play due to injury.
The selection marks the first since 2014 for the six-year veteran, who also was a Pro Bowl pick in 2012 and ’13. Luck missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from shoulder surgery but returned in 2018 to record his career-best overall season. The 29-year-old recorded career highs in pass completions (430), pass attempts (639), completion percentage (67.3) and passer rating (98.7). In 16 games this season, he threw for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.
“Through everything there was just something there with him that I saw, talking to him, his conviction, his belief in where he was going,” said Colts GM Chris Ballard on Monday. “I just believed, and I believed that we would get it right here. I just think this is a great franchise. We’ve got great support. I knew that we had the right people in the building from a scouting standpoint, we just had to find the right head coach and get moving forward and it worked out.”
Also Tuesday, the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys coaching staffs announced their staffs will coach the AFC and NFC teams, respectively, in the 2019 Pro Bowl. The coaching staffs of the highest-seeded divisional-round losers coach the league’s annual all-star game.
The Chargers, whose postseason included a wild-card win on the road at Baltimore before its loss to New England in the Divisional Round, finished the season 12-4 and first in the AFC West. Head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Monday that he and his staff will handle coaching duties for the AFC squad, which boasts a league-high of seven Chargers players selected for the game.
This marks the third time in the last five years that Jason Garrett and the Cowboys coaching staff will coach the Pro Bowl. The Cowboys, who finished 10-6 and won the NFC East, defeated the Seattle Seahawks on Wild Card Weekend and before falling to Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round.
The Pro Bowl is set for Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla.

–Field Level Media

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