COACH MURPHY by Shawn Decker | Script Revolution




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"A failing professional football team makes a super-fan housewife the head coach, as a short term publicity stunt. Things change when the team starts winning."

In this politically and socially relevant Dramady we follow wife, mother and super football fan Christine Murphy, who becomes the first female head coach in the NFL, as a publicity stunt. It might be a stunt for the team, but for Christine, it is her opportunity to fulfill a dream she had since she was a football player in high school. While Christine is ready to coach her team she was not prepared for her family, husband Ian Murphy and son Johnny and daughter Bret, to have their lives turned upside-down with the media circus and political attacks, while Christine is not comfortable with her new role as a reluctant feminist icon and conservative target.
Sample of the pilot:
The pilot starts with Christine coaching in a wild card game and then flashbacks to see how she got there when her family attended the disastrous opening day and her public fight with the head coach, Skip, on the local TV show that leads to her getting the job. Ending with her team tied up with two minutes to go in the wild card game and the NFL commissioner is not happy with this upstart amateur fan woman publicity stunt in his sport.
Sample of the first season.
Each episode follows Christine, her family, and the team as she goes from fan to coach working towards the wild card game. Christine must negotiate with the sexist owner playboy Tylor George and his misogynist GM Bob Blake to let her coach. Bob only sees her as a way to sell tickets until she turns the team around. Getting the team of macho men to trust that she is not a publicity stunt, but has some innovative plays that win them games. End the feud between her veteran QB Buck Decker and her star rookie Kris Jettler. The Black players taking a knee in protests that open Christine to the racism some of her players face even though they are celebrities.
A MeToo activist Jody Godling goes after Christine as a sell-out to women's rights then becomes her champion when it is evident that some of the male-dominated owners and commissioner are upset that a fan is succeeding in their elite club. A group of conservative women threatened by her challenging gender roles attacks Christine, her family, and the team with a boycott. The toll all the social media attacks are having on her family that is making them resentful of her fame and causes Ian to seek out another woman. The season ends with the NFL commissioner ordering the Refs to call the game against Christine and the real owner of the team, Helen George stands up for her coach demanding an investigation.

Submitted: July 20, 2018
Last Updated: July 12, 2019

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The Writer: Shawn Decker

Shawn Decker, Creator and head writer at Cafenuvo Productions. Currently working on six TV pilots that range from Female-centric strong women vs misogynist company to political comedies and two Dramas. Seeking to network with other industry professionals in collaboration and creating intelligent programs. Go to bio

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