AAF Opens With Strong Ratings In Debut Saturday

Elena Summers
February 11, 2019

"Time will tell if they are", Spurrier said. Here we go again?

Saints fans can catch Tull and the Express in their season-opener against the Birmingham Iron at 3 p.m. "They saw enough good plays, especially after the first quarter".

It wasn't the only prominent, last-minute change to the Legends' staff, either, as offensive coordinator Michael Vick, an Atlanta icon who starred with the Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League, stepped down just this week, transitioning to an advisory role because of various other commitments.

In the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday in the Alliance of American Football, two intriguing teams in the Salt Lake Stallions and Arizona Hotshots squared off. But based on his AAF debut, Hackenberg may be at the end of the road.

He is now 3-of-11 for 20 yards and an interception. Memphis Express quarterbacks coach David Lee - who previously worked with the Bills, Jets and Browns - called Hackenberg's old motion an "elongated backward release", causing inaccurate throws, more "severe" on short throws. Ratings will be harder when the games are on CBS Sports Network and not CBS in primetime.

Like Spurrier, Mike Martz and Mike Singletary, Childress was among the first big-name additions to the AAF roster, bringing a plethora of NFL experience to the upstart league.

Its rule differences meant there were no boiler-plate kickoffs, no near-automatic extra point kicks and no lengthy television timeouts. Field goals are an option only in regulation. What's more, the AAF uses a recruitment model created to attract players to their teams who are already popular in home markets.

Every player is paid the same three-year, non-guaranteed $250,000 contract with built-in bonuses for meeting performance goals.

The fourth and final Alliance of American Football (AAF) game on this premiere weekend features the Salt Lake Stallions taking on the Arizona Hotshots from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ.

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