The 2011 East-West Shrine game will feature ex-NFL head coaches Dan Reeves and Wade Phillips, organizers of the game announced Wednesday.
The game will take place in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on January 22.
One of the unique elements of the Shrine Game is the presence of former NFL head coaches. Their notoriety helps sell seats and generate interest from prospective players, but more importantly, they typically do a great job of showcasing their prospects to scouts.
The Senior Bowl also utilizes NFL head coaches (and their entire staffs), but due to the fact that the teams coaching remain in the NFL, coaches will sometimes "hide" players rather than showcase them.
We've seen this on the defensive side of the ball more often than on the offensive side, where coaches have sometimes been hesitant to move defensive ends outside to linebacker, for example, to test their agility.
With no allegiances to worry about, Reeves (who coached in the Shrine Game back in 2007) and Phillips' staffs should do a nice job of featuring prospects for the next level.
More information on the East-West Shrine Game can be found on their official website here.
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