The opportunity to play GM was a lot tougher than I expected, but I had a great time putting together this team. From picking the head coach to selecting the final guy on the roster, each decision was made with the goal of building a Super Bowl winner. I eschewed the temptation to build a team that would compile gaudy individual statistics like a fantasy team, and concentrated on shaping a roster that would thrive in the scheme crafted by the coaches on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, I wanted to create a roster that could present a myriad of offensive looks while maintaining a power running game as a foundation. Although the offense will be built around the run, the goal was to assemble enough weapons on the outside to attack down the field in the passing game.
Defensively, the goal was to build the team around a dominant front seven. Stopping the run and pressuring the passer are keys to fielding a championship defense, so the emphasis was to acquire great talent with versatility to allow us to attack from a variety of fronts to keep offenses off-balanced. The roster was assembled with a 3-4 defense in mind, but the versatility of front seven will allow us to run some 4-3 and "46" schemes as well.
On special teams, I wanted to create a unit that had the ability to create scoring opportunities in the kicking game. The third phase of the game is often overlooked, but by dominating in the kicking game, we will be able to win the field-position battle in an effort to win games by being fundamentally sound.
I don't expect this roster to be loved by all, but I'm confident that this team would seriously contend for a Super Bowl title based on its overall talent, versatility and depth.
This massive offensive line features a collection of players who excel at mauling defenders at the point of attack.
All the backups have extensive starting experience, and their skills mesh well with the starting unit. Overall, this unit will control the game at the line of scrimmage and allow us to create the powerful, ball-control attack envisioned for this team.
The key to our defense is the front seven, and the defensive line sets the table. Thus, it was important to assemble a line that features three players capable of drawing double teams at any time.
The linebacking corps is backbone of the defense, and the unit assembled features some of the finest playmakers in the game.
The secondary features a host of ballhawks set to gobble up the hurried throws forced by the pressure created by the dominant front seven.