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All-Pro Chase Utley

In anticipation of the Super Bowl, Buster Olney mused in his ESPN Insider column yesterday about baseball players that could potentially make it in the NFL. Number 5 on the list was The Man, Chase Utley.  Buster said, “You could see him being a possession receiver who is willing to go over the middle and take the hit in order to get the first down.”  True, but we all know Chase would excel in any position on the field. 

Who else would make a good footballer – maybe Raul at linebacker or Ryan Howard at fullback?



  1. Brett

    February 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Give me Jayson Werth as my big-play reciever. He’s the best natural athlete on the team.

  2. bfo_33

    February 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Great SB last night. I had no horse in the race, was hoping for a competitive, interesting game and got it. Just as good, I went to the beer distributor Fri night, was going to pick up something for the game. At the register, saw Yuengling Bock. It’s somewhere between lager and black and tan – good flavor, drinkable, a solid value.
    Agree with Utley. Howard would probably be a d-end – doesn’t quite have the speed or hands for fullback. I could see Rollins as a Westbrook type scatterback, Vic as a punt returner.
    Working in N Jersey, I see the NY Post just about every day. They are just hammering Omar and the Wilpons on a daily basis (one of the quotes today was along the lines of having an awfully big payroll for a team that doesn’t have a first baseman or starting catcher, a 2nd baseman who they hate, and only one reliable starting pitcher). While I get some pelasure in it, I like it much better when the Mets are just behind the Phils. Anything can happen, but the NYM look like a train wreck – total dismantling by the all-star break (I think they’ll keep Wright, but everyone else, including Santana, Beltran, and Reyes, will be up for sale for the right price). If the Wilpons are really hurting for $, Santana could go on the market by June if they are out of it.

  3. Don M

    February 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Cole Hamels as my Punter

  4. Chuck

    February 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Chase might be a good quarterback.

  5. WFC010

    February 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I think Roy Halladay could make an excellent Quarterback, with that arm and control of his!

    Not to mention that he’s a guy who works VERY hard at his craft, and practices as much as he can to get EVEN BETTER.

    Shane would be an excellent runningback, with that hustle and speed of his.

  6. Mike N

    February 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I’m with Brett- I like Werth as a big receiver or maybe tight end if he bulked up a bit

  7. Don M

    February 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Who were the other guys on the actual list besides Utley

    Prince Fielder, Pujols, etc?

  8. Aaron

    February 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Howard at FB? are you crazy? he is DE or TE. way too big for FB.

  9. Chuck

    February 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Olney is comparing Carl Crawford to Larry Fitzgerald.

  10. christopher

    February 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    i am as big of a shane victorino fan as there is but the idea of him as an NFL RB is hilarious. he would be broken in half!

  11. bfo_33

    February 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    This day is never going to end. Why don’t they just make post super bowl Monday a holiday?

    Duper and Clayton weren’t any bigger than Victorino, maybe he could be a WR. On the other hand, cornerbacks were 5-10, 180 lbs in the 80s.

  12. The Second John

    February 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Howard is defenitely a defensive end. Victorino would be a really good kick/punt returner.

    I would take Cole over Sav Rocca any day!

  13. Chuck

    February 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Maybe Lidge or Madson as the field goal kicker.

  14. Michael N

    February 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Chooch at FB Rollins at Rb Madson and Werth as WR. Chase as a slot receiver!

  15. The Original Chuck P

    February 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Where’s Matt Stairs when you need him?

    Kidding… the question is who could make it in the NFL.

    I think Olney’s crazy. I love Chase but I couldn’t see him as an NFL wide receiver… 6’1″ with average quickness. He’s fast but I wouldn’t call him quick. Vic would have a better chance as a Wes Welker type because he’s quick like that… I could see Jimmy playing RB or DB or returning kicks. Werth could probably play WR… he’s tall, he can run, he can jump and he played catcher (so he’s tough). Howard would make a good TE or DE… probably the former.

    A fun question would be if the Phillies showed up to play an 11 on 11 football game, who would play each position…

  16. The Original Chuck P

    February 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Here’s how I see it… looking at the active roster. Halladay’s not allowed on the field.

    QB – Utley
    RB – J-Roll
    FB – Polanco
    WR – Werth, Madson, Vic (slot)… Happ comes in for 4 WR sets
    TE – Howard
    OL – Dobbs, Blanton, Schneider, Baez, Ruiz (Center)

    DL – Durbin, Contreras, Blanton (Big Joe the iron man)
    DE – Howard, Ibanez
    LB – Francisco (def a football player), Mayberry (football call-up)
    CB – Rollins, Victorino
    SS – Romero (chip on his shoulder)
    FS – Utley (this is Utley’s natural position… good instincts, athletic and smart)
    Nickel – Hamels

  17. Chuck

    February 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Wow…O.Chuck P……you really put some time into this….impressive!!

  18. Amanda Orr

    February 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Shane Victorino was offered a football scholarship as a kicker, punt returner, and defensive back.

  19. Amanda Orr

    February 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    To those who are saying Utley as QB, sorry I can’t see it. He looks like he is built to be a QB, but his arm is pretty much the only part of his game that he lacks. If he had a stronger arm, he’d be a 5-tool baseball player. Not saying his arm is awful, but it definitely isn’t very strong.

  20. The Original Chuck P

    February 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I would agree with that Amanda… he doesn’t have the arm but he’s smart and has all the other tools. Werth could probably play QB… maybe even Madson or Happ but with that O-Line, whoever is back there has to be able to run.

  21. Scooter

    February 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Do you think Manuel, Thompson and Howard could manage the game and the 2 minute offense better than Reid, Mornhinweg and McNabb?

  22. cheryl

    February 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Werth is QB material. Natural athlete with size..just needs some bulk.

  23. hamels' left hand

    February 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    this whole thread smacks of ‘we can’t wait for spring training…almost a new low, really.

  24. Keith E

    February 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Werth as a tight end.
    JRoll as a receiver or a safety.
    Blanton as a fullback.
    Madson as a punter.
    Utley as a QB.
    Moyer as a kicker.
    Howard as a center.
    Hamels as a cheerleader.
    GO PHILS!!!

  25. Manny

    February 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Definitely a new low haha

  26. Ed 2

    February 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    so…um…pitchers and catchers are reaaalll soon…right?

    …and id want victorino on special teams, and chase utley can do whatever he wants

  27. Phylan

    February 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Chuck P pretty much nailed it, especially Utley at free safety

  28. dtrain

    February 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    my team would look like:
    victorino at safety
    jroll at cornerback
    ruiz at middle linebacker
    howard at defensive end
    ibanez at tight end
    werth at wide receiver
    polanco at running back
    utley at anywhere
    blanton at center
    madson at quarter back

  29. Ryk

    February 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I can totally see Cholly cracking some skulls years ago

  30. Smokey

    February 8, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    This is a fun discussion for sure. Some very interesting ideas being thrown around here. I love some of them, others are terrible, no offense to anyone. With that being said, everyone is entitled to their opinion so I’ll take my crack at it. Starting with

    Roy Halladay – QB – Duh! Whoever it was that said Roy is not allowed on the field is crazy. The Doc was born to play this position! Had he decided to pursue a career in the NFL rather than the MLB, of course.

    Chase Utley – S – Perfect. Way to go, person who originally suggested this. Sorry Buster, Chase is not the one taking the hits, he is the one dishing them out, and you better believe that.

    Ryan Howard – LB – 6’4 and ~250? Those numbers speak for themselves. He has MIKE written all over him. DE was an interesting suggestion as well, but I just can’t see Howard being athletic enough to handle that position. DEs and OLBs are generally freak athletes. Instead think of him as the run-stuffing, Jeremiah Trotter-type.

    J-Roll & Shane – Return Specialists – On the other end of this, has anyone ever heard that DJax was once scouted by the Phillies and Devil Rays? If I’m not mistaken, one scout called him the fastest natural baserunner he had ever seen. Who knows how the rest of his tools looked, but just imagine the damage he would have done on the basepaths.

    Jayson Werth – WR – The size, speed and athleticism are enough to convince me.

    John Mayberry – DE/OLB – John is a big, big boy and a very good athlete. I could see him in on his fair share of sacks. Picture him throwing Tony Romo like a ragdoll. Beautiful, I think.

    Phillippe Aumont – TE – Has anyone seen this guy? He’s a monster!

    Dom Brown – WR – If I’m not mistaken Dom had offers to go play WR for at least a couple noteworthy universities. He’s got the height, the speed, and the instincts for it. I can just see him Mossing little cornerbacks all day.

    And last but not least…

    CHOOCH – FB – Does anyone dare to doubt Carlos Ruiz at this point? I didn’t think so. A fullback may not need to contribute with big yardage plays, but he better at least be a blocker. Chooch has gotten enough practice while blocking homeplate over the years. He can handle it.

    I know there are a ton of players I left out, these are just the ones I feel would be most likely to make it in the NFL. Or at least survive.

  31. mikaels19

    February 9, 2010 at 12:18 am

    in other news…interesting, cliff lee just had foot surgery.

  32. James Kay

    February 9, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Baseball players are smarter than footballers. They are a different breed who have longer and healthier lives. Baseball money beats football money. Although amusing, this Rod Serlng Twilight Zone exercise is like trying to mix oil with water.

  33. 2embarrassed2admit2readingthisthread

    February 9, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Mikaels19 – was it to remove a piece of Ruben’s a**? Maybe Lee tried a little punting of his own a couple months ago.

  34. Chuck

    February 9, 2010 at 8:20 am

    To some of those posters above that are complaining that this thread has hit a “new low”….

    So what…??!!

    We’re all just havin’ fun…


    Yeah…how bout that foot surgery for Cliff Lee?? Interesting…

  35. Brooks

    February 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Chuck I think Manny was responding to Keith’s selection of the cheerleader – Cole Hamels

    He loves Cole Hamels, really –

  36. Manny

    February 9, 2010 at 10:53 am

    haha! Actually, Brooks, I was responding to the comment by “hamels’ left hand”

    Can’t wait for baseball to start!

  37. Manny

    February 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

    And for the record, yes, I do love Colbert Michael Hamels. How could anyone not love him after he was the main reason Philadelphia finally got a championship in a quarter of a century? After a good off-season, a drop in his 2009 workload, and slightly better “luck,” I think he’ll come right back this season. CY Young contender? I think it’s very likely.

  38. Chuck

    February 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Hamels is actually one of my favorite Phillies…and I DO think he indeed has “heart and soul” and can be a fierce competitor at times…

    That obviously showed in 2008.

    BUT…he’s got that “other” side…the side that sometimes is hard for us to understand and relate to.

  39. ryan

    February 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    ryan howard would make a great defensive lineman. he’s huge.

  40. hamels' left hand

    February 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I by no means intended to denigrate this thread by any means. Just a simple commentary that when we begin to wonder what (and by what means) certain phillies’ players would be football players, we’ve sunk to the bottom third of the ‘we’ve run out of things to talk about until spring training starts’ barrel.

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