AND NOTES FROM THUNDERBOLTS TRAINING CAMP
News Courtesy of the
VIII - Tuesday, January 9, 2001
- Birmingham Bolts quarterbacks, offensive coordinator
Dave Arslanian and head coach Gerry DiNardo had the
opportunity Tuesday to work with the XFL coach-to-quarterback
communication system that will be employed by the Bolts
when the season begins Feb. 4 against Memphis. The system
passed with flying colors.
really like this, but you have to be careful you don't
talk too much while the ball is in play," Arslanian
said following Tuesday night's practice. "One time
I was able to tell Casey (Weldon) to throw to the tight
end late and we got a big play out of it."
The system allows coaches to communicate with the quarterbacks,
but will not be turned off after a set amount of time
like the National Football League. The television viewers
and the fans in the stadium will also hear communications
between coach and quarterback.
For the second time in five days the Orlando Rage and
the Thunderbolts will work together in practice. Unlike
Saturday's pass skeleton and team scrimmage against
the Rage, Wednesday's session will focus solely on the
kicking game. DiNardo said the session would consist
of 23 plays of live special teams work, beginning at
the halfway point of practice.
It's Off to New York (Or Across Town)
Friday night will be an early preview of week two of
the XFL season when Birmingham and New York/New Jersey
scrimmage at the Hitmen training complex at 7 p.m. EST.
The scrimmage is scheduled to allow both the Bolts and
Hitmen offenses to run 60 plays. There is also some
kicking game work scheduled for the session.
Line of Scrimmage
Bolts offensive line coach Rick Rhoades has Ryan Thomassie
working as the starter at center after noting that the
LSU product has had a productive camp. Early frontrunners
for starting jobs on the offensive line include Mike
Edwards, Ed King or Ozell Powell at tackles, along with
Matt Hogg and Antonio Fleming at guards.
In the Saddle
Former Alabama running back Curtis Alexander returned
to practice Tuesday after missing a couple of days battling
a case of dizziness. Tight end Nicky Savoie also practiced
in a limited role during the night session after being
out several days with a calf strain.