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TSB Coach Project

When Tecmo Super Bowl came out in 1991, it was every kid's football dream come true, including mine. All 28 NFL teams with complete rosters, a full 17-week season, complete with stats and everything? What more could a 11 year old ask for? This was TSB's legacy, which still endures today among many old schoolers such as myself. Of course, there has been other football games that tried to "raise the bar"--from Joe Montana's Sports Talk Football, to Madden and beyond--but none can compare to TSB's one-of-a-kind gameplay.

I've been playing this game since it came out, so you might figure I'm pretty darn good. Not to brag or anything, but now it's relatively easy to get even the Colts to the Super Bowl. So I needed another challenge, something different but still as fun. Two words came to mind.

Coach Mode.

Many people have told me how much they hate playing a coach game. How boring it is; how irritating it is. But after playing a few coach seasons, I've decided it's not that bad. Granted it's nothing like battling it out with a friend MAN vs. MAN, but it's a unique way to play Tecmo. Instead controlling select players like they were robots, I just call the plays and let the players play their game. However sometimes that means running the wrong way, throwing into double-coverage, or leaving 3 receivers wide open. But like the old cliche goes, you can lead horse to water but you can't them drink. It's definately a challenge.

And so our journey into coach mode starts here. One man's struggle to coach one desperate (and sometimes hopeless) team to the Super Bowl, season by season. No playbook changes, no Jerry Rice as running back. Just call the plays and see what happens. I don't know if I can make it through all 28, but I'll try. Here's to hoping I can get that horse to drink.

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