Combat Tactics for XFL Sideline Reporters
Bamaslammer - Bolts Team Reporter
- (23 February 2001) -- Coach Jerry Dinardo was
the poster boy for "He's in over his head"
remarks before the season began due to his lack of pro
football experience. Dinardo was one of the first ever
XFL coaches hired and his assignment to the Birmingham
Bolts took many by surprise. After an opening loss to
the Maniacs at home in which the team didn't look very
good some began to quietly wonder if the critics were
right. Since that time the Bolts have become one of
the better teams in the XFL and the questions about
his abilities as a head coach have diminished.
this weeks Monday press conference I got a peek at the
Dinardo wit. He spoke about his secret tactics used
to avoid the pesky XFL sideline reporters. "I think
they get tired of following me, I think I can wear them
down". Always the tactician Dinardo continued,
"I look at where their cords are. I run them one
way down the sideline then I double back on them, they
eventually get tangled up". Dinardo's sense of
humor is becoming a staple of the Bolts press conferences.
asked about the titanic shot that James Willis unleashed
Sunday on Chicago Lineman Chris Perez Dinardo said he
didn't see the shot and was quite shocked that Willis
reacted that way. "Willis is a leader on defense,
He's usually the one keeping everyone else calm".
Dinardo said that it was very rare for something like
that to work to a team's advantage but in this case
it might have had an emotional impact on the fans and
other news, the league is looking at the 5-yard penalty
for leaving too early on punts. It appears some coaches
have determined this is a penalty they are willing to
take to contain the return man. With the average scores
being so low the league could use a few more returns.
The league is considering altering the rule to be 5
yards for the first offense then 10 then 15 on the following
Receiver Damon Gourdine will undergo surgery to repair
a broken ankle he received in the Chicago game. Since
he will be placed on injured reserve after the season
started he will receive his full regular salary.
UAB wide receiver Kevin Drake is available for the Orlando
game but it is not known if he will have enough time
to prepare. The bolts also added DE Kyle Schroeder a
upcoming Orlando game couldn't be more critical.
With a win the Rage could have a 2 game
lead in the division. Birmingham could tie
the Rage with a victory. Both teams appear
evenly matched with the Rage having a more
productive offense and the Bolts having
a tougher defense. The Rage and Bolts spent
most of training camp working against each
other. The Bolts seemed to man handle them
early but in the final scrimmage the Rage
not only routed the Bolts but physically
beat them up. I'm sure that will be on their
minds Sunday night in Orlando.