As just about everybody knows, the Pro Bowl itself is a colossal waste of time, basically a lightweight all-star game with rosters compiled through a flawed system.
But there's something far more important going on this week. The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., a game that pits top draft talent from the North and South, begins practices this afternoon. General manager Jerry Reese, of course, is there, as are the Giants' scouting department.
The coaching staff, however, will not attend. That's not unusual. They didn't go in 2007, either, in order to save some money and get their new defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell, up and running. It worked out well for them that year, so there's no reason to think it will hurt them this time around. Aside from actually talking to the players, something the scouts can do, the coaches can get most of what they need from the tapes.
Besides, there's a much bigger thing coming up. The Scouting Combine goes from Feb. 27-March 2 in Indianapolis, and the entire coaching world shows up for that. But rest assured, Reese and the scouts will be keeping a close eye this week on the Senior Bowl participants, especially those they project in their round-by-round clusters.
If you want to look in, NFL Network is televising all the practices.