I have to admit after Saturday’s games I was a little worried because of the quarterback play in the XFL, but Sunday’s games were great and before we look ahead to week 3, let’s look back at what we saw during Sunday’s games.
1) Is the quarterback play a concern?
First, off the answer has to be yes, but has the quarterback play been that bad? P.J. Walker, Cardale Jones, and Jordan Ta’amu are not concerns and all 3 quarterbacks could get looks from NFL teams. Landry Jones and Josh Johnson I am not going to judge this early. Remember, they have both been hurt and this was their first game in action.
Brandon Silvers has not played well and Matt McGloin was bad, and the Vipers have major issues. In all fairness though, these guys have not had the benefit of 4 preseason games and there are new rules to learn. On top of all of that the offenses these teams run are Air Raid, Run and Shoot, and spread offenses. Timing takes a while to get down.
As of right now it’s not a huge issue and let’s face it, there are not a lot of above-average quarterbacks in the NFL. Going forward, where I could see quarterback play becoming an issue is when the XFL wants to expand. One of the things that killed the USFL after a great first year was expanding too quickly in too many markets. If the XFL does this you will possibly see huge issues with quarterbacks. At just 8 teams right now I think only 3 teams have major concerns.
Another thing to remember is the society we live in. Everybody is quick to jump at how awesome this league is and then the very next week they will try to find something to tear it all down. Game-wise week 2 was better than week 1 so everybody needs to just chill out and enjoy the football we are seeing.
2) An officiating error may have cost St. Louis the game
Now this sounds like the NFL. The Roughnecks got away with an obvious off-sides penalty that led to an interception when quarterback Jordan Ta’amu thought he had a free play. I have said for the last few years that if you have a replay official watching every play, why can’t they swiftly buzz the official on the field and get the play right? Now don’t get me wrong, on holding calls I don’t want a thing changed because that’s overkill but in an obvious situation like this one the right call needs to be made.
3) P.J. Walker is pretty darn good
Walker threw for three touchdowns and was 20 for 31 for 170 yards through the air against a BattleHawks defense that didn’t allow a touchdown in Week 1. Walker made some plays that mere mortal men can’t and he brings an excitement to the game that will eventually lead Walker to another shot in the NFL.
4) Winston Moss will be a one and done Head Coach in the XFL
I am not impressed by Moss and this is a situation where having a Head Coach with a microphone on lets you know that he is clueless. The difference in the Dallas-Los Angeles game was coaching and Bob Stoops and Hal Mumme are worlds ahead of Moss. The only thing that may keep Moss from being the first Head Coach fired would be Kevin Gilbride of the Guardians.
5) I love Greg Olsen doing the games
I thought Olsen was much better than a lot of the guys that call NFL games. He is insightful and he talks a lot but he has something to say. A guy like Olsen behind the mic lets somebody who doesn’t normally watch football understand the game better, and if you do understand the game you will also enjoy Olsen. When Olsen retires he will be a highly sought after commodity in the booth.