The XFL Front Office

Here is each XFL front office member currently (as of 04/16/19):

DALLAS:

Head coach/GM: Bob Stoops

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Team President: TBA

WASHINGTON DC

Head coach/GM: Pep Hamilton

Team President: Erik Moses

SEATTLE

Head coach/GM: Jim Zorn

Team President: Ryan Gustafson

TAMPA

Head coach/GM: Marc Trestman

Team President: TBA

NEW YORK

Head coach/GM: Kevin Gilbride

Team President: Janet Duch

ST. LOUIS

Head coach/GM: Jonathan Hayes

Team President: TBA

HOUSTON

Head coach/GM: TBA

Team President: TBA

LOS ANGELES

Head coach/GM: TBA

Team President: Heather Brooks Karatz

 

St. Louis Is Vital To XFL

I can’t lie to you.

I miss professional football in St. Louis.

It was an integral part of the city and I literally grew up with it. I was aware of the NFL’s football Cardinals, but never got a chance to see them because they were gone by the time I really started watching football. When the Rams were here in ’95, I got excited. Even more excited to see them win a Super Bowl in 2000. Then they were bad, like really bad. But you know the story, they left after the 2015 season and made The Dome quiet. No more screaming fans, no more tailgating, no more coverage. Seeing the Rams in another city (in this case, go back to the city where they had the longest tenure)…hurt. It did. But you learn that it’s all business.

But last year, I saw Vince McMahon’s press conference announcing that the XFL was returning. By then, I was hoping for a St. Louis team. I actually wanted 2 of them with them and the Alliance. Maybe that would remove the pain of losing the Rams. That wasn’t going to work. One venue with two different teams from two different leagues. Too much conflict. When the Alliance made their announcements of the cities, I was disappointed that St. Louis wasn’t the initial eight, but still had hope for the XFL for 2020. My wish had been granted when it was announced that St. Louis was one of the eight. But now that the Alliance is a sunken ship with tons of baggage floating in the ocean, I’m giving my full attention to the XFL.

Out of the eight XFL cities, St. Louis is the only one that doesn’t have an NFL franchise. That makes this even MORE special for the league. The Dome will get to rock again, and THIS time it can be affordable to go experience a professional football game in the city of St. Louis. I was amazed to hear that fans just outside of St. Louis would make a trip to see the Rams, whether through tailgate or watching a game in The Dome. They will get to do it again this time with the new XFL.

Hear me when I say this because I truly believe (and I have said it once before if you have not heard the show):

St. Louis is vital to the XFL’s success. VITAL.

In my eyes, that means bringing back former St. Louis (Football) Cardinals and Rams players to the Dome, to celebrate St. Louis’ professional football history. It would be awesome to see greats like Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Orlando Pace, Dan Dierdorf and Jim Hart. St. Louis has seen nearly 50 years professional football in the NFL, and yes it saw a lot of bad luck along the way but the fans continued to root for them during those times. It was our therapy, the one time per week where we got to sit back and enjoy three hours of entertainment in our hometown.

Speaking of Bruce, he actually had expressed his feelings in wanting to coach. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that if St. Louis was an Alliance city, Bruce was in negotiations with the league to possibly be the team’s head coach, but conflicts at The Dome kept that from happening. Rumor has it that (former Rams coach) Jim Haslett will get the honor, but as of this posting, nothing has been set in stone from the league office. Even if Bruce doesn’t get the head coaching gig, he should definitely look in to being St. Louis’ team president or as an assistant on staff continuing to work with younger players. Bruce’s presence should be high on this team’s radar. He was a big part of the community work in St. Louis during his playing days and continues to do that while retired.

McMahon and XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck both saw St. Louis as an XFL city. They know that the city’s fans are craving professional football again. They are even willing to pay a lot of money for usage of the Dome. It would just make so much sense for the league to play its very first game in St. Louis. I can’t see it any other way.

I meant every word that I said. And I don’t care that it was repeated. Comments are welcome (Be civil). It’s time to once again celebrate pro football in St. Louis.

The A-Train

It Was A Good Ride….An Ode To The Alliance

@jberardi1996

I could see the writing on the wall when the main money man Tom Dundon starting making comments suddenly last week about failed negotiations with the NFLPA (even though the league & the NFLPA said all talks were ongoing and positive) that he may be pulling the plug that last week’s games could be the league’s last. It’s disappointing on so many levels. In my opinion, they could have finished up the season and the playoff and regrouped. At worse, cancel the last two regular season games and play the playoffs…..

I think the league had many things going for them; TV contracts (that includes the NFL Network), fan interest, solid football staffing, respectable coaching, and yes, some good football being played.

With that, I give you my ode to the AAF!

Best Games:

Week 2 – Orlando 37 San Antonio 29: In what could have been a preview of the AAF Championship, the Apollos storm back with 17 fourth-quarter points to overtake the Commanders in front of a raucous crowd.

Week 5 – San Antonio 29 Arizona 25: The Commanders grind out a hard-fought road victory in a game between two of leagues best teams as they hold off a furious Hotshots 4th quarter rally.

Week 5 – San Diego 27 Salt Lake 25: San Diego wins at the gun on a Donny Hageman field goal after the Stallions took a late lead behind the 380 yards passing by Josh Woodrum.

Week 6 – Arizona 22 Orlando 17: In another potential Championship preview, the Hotshots roll into Orlando and hand the Apollos their first loss. The Apollos had a chance at the end, but a runoff penalty at the end sealed the win for Arizona.

Week 6 – Birmingham 32 San Diego 29: One week after winning on a last second FG, the Fleet lose at the buzzer to Nick Novak and the Iron. Both Luis Perez and Mike Bercovici went over 300 yards passing in this shootout.

Week 7 – Memphis 31 Birmingham 25: The league’s first OT game went to the Express who rallied in dramatic fashion to win in front of the home crowd led by Brandon Silvers and Reece Horn. This game also saw the debut of Johnny Manziel.

 

(Highlights courtesy of Highlight Heaven)

Best Players:

QBs:

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando

John Wolford, Arizona

RBs:

Trent Richardson, Birmingham

Jhurell Pressley, Arizona

D’Ernest Johnson, Orlando

Kenneth Farrow II, San Antonio

Joel Bouagnon, Salt Lake

WRs:

Charles Johnson, Orlando

Rashad Ross, Arizona

Reece Horn, Memphis

Nelson Spruce, San Diego

Quinton Patton, Birmingham

De’Mornay Pierson-El, Salt Lake

Mekele McKay, San Antonio

Dontez Ford, San Diego

TEs:

Wes Saxton Jr., Birmingham

Nick Truesdell, Salt Lake

DL:

Karter Schult, Salt Lake

Damontre Moore, San Diego

Earl Okine, Orlando

LBs:

DeMarquis Gates, Orlando

Terence Garvin, Orlando

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham

Jayrone Elliott, San Antonio

Drew Jackson, Memphis

Steven Johnson, Arizona

Reggie Northup II, Orlando

Nyles Morgan, Arizona

DBs:

De’Vante Bausby, San Antonio

Jamar Summers, Birmingham

Keith Reaser, Orlando

Kameron Kelly, San Diego

Derron Smith, San Antonio

Will Davis, Salt Lake

Erick Dargan, Arizona

Tyson Graham Jr, Atlanta

Will Hill III, Orlando

Ed Reynolds Jr, Atlanta

Arnold Tarpley III, Memphis

 

Continue to check us out as we wait for XFL 2020!

Goodbye to the AAF, I’ll remember you fondly like I did with the old USFL!

 

 

The Alliance 2 XFL Rolls On

@TheATrainShow

Well…the Alliance has created quite a buzz these past few weeks and it hasn’t been positive. Some of the news we hoped it wouldn’t happen, but it did.

On this day, April 2nd, the Alliance of American Football announced that they were suspending their operations.

There has been wide speculation on why the league is being suspended in the first place, there was this from Alliance majority owner Tom Dundon:

NOTE: The Alliance and NFLPA were actually in the negotiation process. Something wasn’t right with what Dundon was actually doing. The threat continues to roll through the rest of last week into THIS week…which became this from Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports:

Wide speculation at this point is that no one wanted to work with Dundon, although negotiations were still being done between the two parties. So instead of getting it done HIS way, he took his ball and went home and said, in the illustrious words of WWE superstar Seth Rollins, “Burn it down!” So the question is, “Why?”

And THIS came from Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning QB:

So…from the looks of things…Dundon came into the league, not even for the league itself, wanted a gambling app (along with the data), created a ruse to gain attention to media AND the league, got what he wanted on the app and then said to suspend the operations. Boy, this will make a great episode of the Showtime hit, “Billions.” However, this is not a surprise but is definitely bizarre. As of now, over 400 players won’t get the opportunity to play the game they love, coaches out of a gig and the staffs are now out…with 2 games left in the season.

Hopefully, someone (that the league can trust) can get this ball rolling again within the next couple of days because this league has been a breath of fresh air, it’s exciting to watch even with all the ups and downs, the highs and lows, there is still a good product here. It shouldn’t end like this. Trust and believe, the legalities of this situation are already going against Dundon. This bad apple shouldn’t be the reason that this league sinks.

If not, The Spring League, Pacific Pro Football, Freedom Football League and of course…the XFL are all viable options for hungry players that still want a shot at the big time.

However, this site will continue with a new “alliance” of sorts. We’ll bring you as much XFL coverage as we can give you. As one league goes (not official yet), one is still being birthed and we’ll make the switch.

As broadcaster Van Earl Wright once put it (and re-phrasing for this site of course)…

“The ‘Alliance 2 XFL’ ROLLS ON!”

@TheATrainShow

ALLIANCE 2 XFL: WEEK 8 STANDOUT STARS!!

Garrett Gilbert, Apollos QB

Garrett Gilbert led the charge in this week’s standout stars with 310 yards! Wideouts Charles Johnson and Rashad Ross continued their season-long dominance at the WR position. Trent Richardson had 83 rushing yards and another rushing TD!

QBs:

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 23/40 – 310 yards, 2 TDs, and one 2 PT

Brandon Silvers, Memphis: 30/49 – 269 yards 1 TD and two 2 PT

John Wolford, Arizona: 17/23 – 216 yards 1 TD and one 2 PT

RBs:

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 18 carries/83 yards and 1 TD

Tim Cook, Arizona: 2 rushing TDs

D’Ernest Johnson, Orlando: 62 rushing and receiving yards (6 receptions), 1 TD and one 2 PT

WRs:

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 8 receptions/135 yards, 1 TD

Gerrard Sheppard, Memphis: 9 receptions/98 yards and one 2 PT

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 4 receptions/78 yards, 1 TD

Nelson Spruce, San Diego: 8 receptions/79 yards

Justin Thomas, Atlanta: 4 receptions/74 yards

Donteea Dye, Jr., Orlando: 1 reception/65 yards, 1 TD

Daniel Williams, Memphis: 5 receptions/64 yards

Richard Mullaney, Arizona: 5 receptions/60 yards

Dontez Byrd, Memphis: 5 receptions/52 yards, 1 TD and one 2 PT

Tackles:

Salt Lake Defense: 3 points allowed, 2 INTs and one forced fumble

Birmingham Defense: 4 sacks, 2 INTs, and one forced fumble

Arizona Defense: 4 sacks and 1 INT, 2 sacks by Rykeem Yates

Jeff Luc, Atlanta: 8 tackles

Travis Feeney, San Diego: 7 tackles

Henre Toliver, Salt Lake: 7 tackles

Greer Martini, Salt Lake: 7 tackles

Ed Reynolds, Jr., Atlanta: 6 tackles

Charles James II, Memphis: 6 tackles

DeMarquis Gates, Memphis: 6 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble

Kicking:

Younghoe Koo, Atlanta: 3 FGs

Nick Novak, Birmingham: 3 FGs

Austin MacGinnis, Memphis: 3 FGs

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AAF 2 XFL: AAF LEAGUE LEADERS (AFTER WEEK 8)

Jayrone Elliott, San Antonio Commanders LB (courtesy of 210 Football)

There are new leaders in sacks and tackles for the Alliance. Check out the AAF league leaders after Week 8:

Passing Yards:

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 2,152 yards

John Wolford, Arizona: 1,616 yards

Luis Perez, Birmingham: 1,460 yards

Passing TDs:

John Wolford, Arizona: 14

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 13

Rushing Yards:

Jhurell Pressley, Arizona: 471 yards

D’Ernest Johnson, Orlando: 372 yards

Kenneth Farrow II, San Antonio: 372 yards

Rushing TDs:

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 11

De’Veon Smith, Orlando: 6

Joel Bouagnon, Salt Lake: 6

Receiving Yards:

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 687 yards

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 583 yards

Receiving TDs:

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 7

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 5

Receptions:

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 45 receptions

Nelson Spruce, San Diego: 38 receptions

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 36 receptions

De’Mornay Pierson-El, Salt Lake: 36 receptions

Tackles:

De’Marquis Gates, Memphis: 52

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham: 46

Erick Dargan, Arizona: 44

Sacks:

Jayrone Elliott, San Antonio: 7.5

Karter Schult, Salt Lake: 7

Damontre Moore, San Diego: 7

Interceptions:

De’Vante Bausby, San Antonio: 4

Kameron Kelly, San Diego: 4

Ryan Moeller, San Diego: 4

 

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: AAF WEEK 8 POWER RANKINGS

The Apollos once again sit atop the Power Rankings after a come from behind win against the Express. The Hotshots climbed up the rankings with an impressive win on the road against the Commanders.

AAF Week 8 Power Rankings:

  1. Orlando Apollos 7-1
  2. Arizona Hotshots 5-3
  3. San Antonio Commanders 5-3
  4. Birmingham Iron 5-3
  5. Salt Lake Stallions 3-5
  6. San Diego Fleet 3-5
  7. Memphis Express 2-6
  8. Atlanta Legends 2-6

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