From Gridiron to Olympics: Assembling an NFL flag football dream team for 2028

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A little while ago it was announced that the 2028 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles will introduce flag football as a sport. It will be something new and there has already been buzz about NFL players getting together to form a super team. Not only is the leadership of the NFL interested in this becoming reality, but they are encouraging their players to participate in 2028.

Quickly breaking down the rules and potential roster construction

It is unknown what the rules will be specifically for the Olympics right now, but there are some basics to go off of. The quarterback is not able to run after snapping the ball, but they can dodge incoming pressure. Another unknown position is called "rusher" and they can apply pressure after starting seven yards behind the line of scrimmage.

There are plenty of rules and adjustments that these NFL players will need to figure out and practice before going up against teams that have been together for a while. Normally there are five people on offense and five on offense at a time. You can mix up which players are stationed where, but there will be five on offense and five on defense at a time.

Potential options as Team USA's Head coach for flag football

One interesting name to watch here is Sean McVay as he currently holds the rank of Head coach of the LA Rams. He is an offensive genius and someone who could adapt to the flag football game nicely. In that same thought process, Kyle Shanahan could be another good option too. Both are still young enough that they should be relevant by the time 2028 rolls around.

Perhaps looking outside of the NFL ranks to coach this team with an experienced flag football coach would be best. A name to watch in that case is Jorge Cascudo who is currently the top coach for the Team USA flag football program. He should be able to educate the NFL players who make the team to help them adjust quicker to the flag football game.