AAF Opens With Strong Ratings In Debut Saturday

AAF Opens With Strong Ratings In Debut Saturday

Tonight the Alliance of American Football gave Orlando professional football again as a thankful and loud crowd at Spectrum Stadium welcomed the Orlando Apollos home in a big way.

With a 52-man roster featuring 29 players from nine Florida colleges, there's a local feel to the Apollos for fans of the hometown team. Former players like Jared Allen and Justin Tuck are also advisors in the league. The play clock will only run 35 seconds, five seconds shorter than the NFL.

So Spurrier is now 6-0 in first games coaching a new team. At all. There will still be a coin toss, with the victor deciding whether to receive or defer, but the team that receives the ball will simply send out its offense to start from their own 25-yard line. Should they make it in for the score, the team must also go for a two-point conversion. "I'm probably not allowed to say what it is, but its way above expectations for us".

"We're disappointed", Legends coach Kevin Coyle said. Better than I expected. "And the level of play, I think that's what is going to draw people to come watch these games".

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On top of those changes, the AAF actually has ruled out kicking FGs in overtime, hoping for a faster and higher-scoring game. The right tackle and left tackles seemed to be trying to hold on for dear life at times, leading to Atlanta having to chip the Orlando edge rushers with a tight end or running back. The AAF detailed their defensive rules which differ from the NFL. But now with the ability to only rush five players, defenses will have to scheme differently and play more conservatively in the secondary. Patriots fans might recall that he has a history of influencing rule changes; after Bill Belichick's defense manhandled the Indianapolis Colts' offense in 2004, Polian - then the Colts' president - prodded the National Football League until it restricted what defenders could do to receivers downfield.

Offensively, Orlando was led by Gilbert who completed 15-25 passes for 227 yards and two touchdown passes.

What does this mean for the AAF?

Instead, teams can opt to have the ball in a fourth-and-12 situation, but the team must be trailing by 17 points or more.

He smiled when he was asked about being unbeaten in his first game with six different teams. In their place: a female on-field official, side judge Robin DeLorenzo, and three female assistant coaches elsewhere in the league.