Coach Bowl 2010

How do you fix the pro-bowl? NFC vs AFC needs to be there. The players need motivation to go. How do you do that and make it entertaining? Take the players out of the game. The pro-bowl NFL players will be there, but they will be coaching the 7-on-7 game between NFL head coaches.

Which conference would have the edge in a 7-on-7 game?

Here is what I came up with:

Grading System:

Skill Level (playing career):
All-Pro: A
Pro: B
Semi-Pro: C
College: D
Didn’t play/HS: F

Fitness (current):
Excellent Shape: A
Decent Shape: B
Average Shape: C
Gut /Chubby: D
Competes with lineman in hot dog eating contests: F

Age:
Less than 45: A
46-50: B
51-55: C
56-60: D
61+: F

NFC:

Offense:

QB: Sean Payton – the Drew Brees of NFC coach team. Played Semi-Pro ball. Lives in a town Paul Shirley doesn’t particularly love.
Skill: C
Fitness: B
Age: B

TE/WR: Ken Whisenhunt – A former TE seems to keep himself in shape. Known as a blocking TE, but will produce big in the passing game. One of the few NFC offensive weapons will be relied upon in the redzone. Will play entire game with “Kurt don’t leave me with alone in the hot tub with Leinart” on his chest.
Skill: B
Fitness: A
Age: B

WR/DB: Steve Spagnuolo – Former small school WR, now defensive minded coach. Can play both ways with his high fitness level. Ownership will not give him needed equipment to play in game, instead will try to sell his spot on the team to a guy from LA.
Skill: D-
Fitness: A
Age: B

WR: Tom Coughlin – Was a fantastic receiver who played with Larry Csonka and Floyd Little. Age and fitness level limit his upside, but one thing is for sure, he wont be late.
Skill: D
Fitness: C
Age: F

RB: Brad Childress – Childress is a verstatile RB who can also catch passes out of the backfield as he also knows the WR position well. He could take snaps out of the wildcat and toss a pass as he is also familiar with the QB position. Will also call the offensive plays wearing designer earpiece.
Skill: F
Fitness: B
Age: C

RB: Mike Shannahan – Former high school wishbone QB, played briefly as a RB and known for coaching great running games. Will tell offensive line to chop block so he can gain 100 yards.
Skill: D
Fitness: A
Age: D

OL: Mike McCarthy – Former TE has beefed up a little and will convert to OL, but will be unable to block anyone. Knowledgeable about an offense, he may lineup as TE in jumbo sets.
Skill: D-
Fitness: C
Age: B

OL: Andy Reid – Stud OL for the NFC squad. His fitness level isn’t good, but he can block. He especially likes to pass block. Actually that is all he does.
Skill: D
Fitness: F
Age: C

Defense:

LB/S: Lovie Smith – Former All-american linebacker. He is in excelllent shape for his age and will be one on the stud defenders on the NFC squad, his advantage? No other coach that will go near him.
Skill: D
Fitness: A
Age: C

LB: Mike Singletary – Former great LB, seems to still be in solid shape for his age. Might pull his pants down in the middle of a play.
Skill: A
Fitness: B
Age: C

LB – Mike Smith – Teams with Singletary on the stingy NFC defense, another aging coach that keeps himself in good shape. Brings teams back from the brink of death, only to fall short and regress in time.
Skill: C
Fitness: B
Age: B

DE: Jim Schwartz – Former stud college LB has let his fitness slip a little over the years, but his age and skill will be welcome addition. Out-of-work UAW’s pay $3000 to watch him.
Skill: D
Fitness: C
Age: A

DL: Wade Phillips – Not going to be much of a challenge for the AFC. Age, fitness, skill level leave a lot to be desired. Was a LB, but converts to DL due to his size. Will lose the big game.
Skill: D
Fitness: F
Age: F

CB: Raheem Morris – The shutdown corner of coaches. Never played college or pro football, but knows a thing or two about playing defensive back. Youth an asset. Problem is, he doesn’t know what he is doing.
Skill: D
Fitness: A
Age: A

DB: John Fox – the NFC highlights many great defensive backs, but could struggle without any offensive weapons. John Fox adds to the stable of NFC DBs. He is likely to pick off a few passes from Delhomme, even though Delhomme isn’t playing in the game.
Skill: D
Fitness: B
Age: C

DB: Pete Carroll – Never a good safety in college and played for super small school. Enjoys commiting penalties, but switched teams before the officials can throw the flag.
Skill: D-
Fitness: B
Age: D

AFC:

Offense:

QB: Gary Kubiak – Backup to John Elway/the Colts his entire NFL career, but most talented QB from either team.
Skill: A
Fitness: A
Age: B

QB: Chan Gailey – aging veteran backup QB, first time with a chance to play, but no one is enthralled with him, not even the sad fans from Buffalo.
Skill: D
Fitness: B
Age: D

QB: Norv Turner – another aging backup type QB, will blow every big game his is in and grab a beer with Wade Phillips after the game.
Skill: D
Fitness: B
Age: D

WR/TE: Mike Tomlin – Physical stud and weapon for the AFC. Loses matchups he shouldn’t.
Skill: D
Fitness: A
Age: A

WR: Josh McDaniels – Possesion type WR, fit and young. Tends to have conflicts with other wide receivers and star quarterbacks.
Skill: D
Fitness: A
Age: A

OL/TE: Bill Belichick – His fitness level is poor and aging, but he tapes the NFC practices to get a competitive edge. Wears a grey hoodie.
Skill: D
Fitness: D
Age: D

OL: Tom Cable – Big blocker type, but poor fitness level. Might throw punches and break jaws.
Skill: C
Fitness: F
Age: A

Defense:

DL/LB: Eric Mangini – played LB and NT in college. Will be primarly rusher. Starts very very slow, finishes strong. Gets benched for Rex occasionally.
Skill: D
Fitness: D
Age: A

DL: Rex Ryan – Big space eater, but a one down player. As he did in New York, he comes in to relieve Mangini and does a better job.
Skill: F
Fitness: F
Age: B

LB: Jack Del Rio – Was a quality pro LB and is decently young, fitness it starting to slip, but he is solid LB type. Locked into position with little competition, a familiar spot for him.
Skill: A
Fitness: C
Age: B

CB: John Harbaugh – Young, fit, played college ball. Lockdown corner type. His brother will be on the sidelines cursing at officials.
Skill: D
Fitness: A
Age: B

CB: Todd Haley – Never played football. He will thrive as CB like his father. He can read the QB having spent his youth analyzing them. Fitness level helps him keep up. Has verbal conflicts with the best player on his team.
Skill: F
Fitness: A
Age: A

DB: Jeff Fisher – he was a pro defensive back and that will help him make up for being a little older. Good run stopper, practices against Chris Johnson. Poor in coverage, is used to seeing release of Vince Young.
Skill: A
Fitness: B
Age: C

S: Marvin Lewis – A hitter in the middle, but he is aging. SS type. Likes to shutup wide receivers with a big mouth.
Skill: D
Fitness: B
Age: C

DB: Jim Caldwell – Complements Marvin Lewis by being a more of a FS. Good fitness level for aging coach. Might bench himself when there is the chance the team could make history.
Skill: D
Fitness: A
Age: C

Madden Style Rankings:

NFC Offense:
Skill: 80
Fitness: 88
Age: 83
Total: 84

NFC Defense GPA:
Skill: 96
Fitness: 88
Age: 82
Total: 89

Overall: 87

AFC OffensiveGPA:
Skill: 88
Fitness: 76
Age: 82
Total: 82

AFC Defensive GPA:
Skill: 96
Fitness: 84
Age:77
Total: 85

Overall: 84

Looks like the NFC would probably edge out the highly competitive game between coaches. What do you think?

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