Tuesday, February 18, 2020

7 things we learned in Week 2 of the XFL

Barry Werner

14 hrs ago

The XFL is through two weeks, there has been some good, bad, and, of course, ugly.

McGloin may not be built for this league

Matt McGloin taking on anyone and everyone around the New York Guardians may have made for great television. However, it did show the quarterback has brought an NFL attitude to the XFL. And that doesn’t work. Hard to believe Kevin Gilbride will want to keep him around. For sure, Winston Moss of the LA Wildcats would have shipped him out. In general, with a few exceptions, quarterback is the weakest position in the league.

Jones earning another NFL look

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Cardale Jones has had two solid games for the DC Defenders. P.J. Walker has made some spectacular plays. Jones was nothing short of amazing on the play below. It will be interesting to see if a solid XFL season earns Jones a look from the NFL.

Pep Hamilton has got DC going

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Don’t be surprised if an NFL team makes a move on Pep Hamilton of the Defenders after the XFL season. He is sharp and brings a great attitude to the sidelines. DC appears to be one of the top teams in the league after a couple games. Hamilton has an impressive resume. Somehow, it didn’t include head coach until this gig. Would be a great coup for the XFL to be a showcase for a coach to earn himself a shot in the big league. Oh, and Hamilton and the Defenders made a great move swindling Anthony Johnson from LA. Despite being jet-lagged, the edge rusher Edge rusher recorded 1.5 sacks and two tackles for a loss.

Olsen should retire from the NFL

Greg Olsen was under the weather Sunday when doing analysis for the St. Louis-Houston game. One never would have known it except for the Pro Bowl TE’s voice. He brings great insight to the game and is going to be a star in the broadcast booth, unlike another tight end. Olsen’s talent was in full display when he noticed the officials missed an offsides call on Houston when the St. Lous QB Jordan Ta’amu threw an interception. He has been injured frequently recently in his NFL career. Rather than putting his body through more, Olsen is primed to take a big spot in a network broadcast booth.

Andrew Luck helped out his dad

P.J. Walker has been the league’s clear-cut star through two weeks. And it helped the Houston Roughnecks immensely that Commissioner Oliver Luck’s son, Andrew, played for the Indianapolis Colts. The retired Andrew Luck tipped his dad to the talent of Walker and that is how he wound up in the XFL. Andrew Luck seems to have a future as a scout.

Los Angeles is going to be challenged

The Wildcats are 0-2 and everyone knows Los Angeles loves to back a winner. The crowd at the stadium was announced at better than 14,000, which seemed like a mirage. Empty seats were everywhere. Maybe the Wildcats and Chargers should bond and move to San Diego.

Todd Gurley also could be a scout

There was an in-game interview with Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley. The Rams’ running back spoke of how he was in attendance to support former teammate Nelson Spruce. After that discussion with Molly McGrath, Spruce went on to catch a pair of TD passes. He leads the league in receiving yardage.

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