Bamaslammer - Bolts Team Reporter
starting Quarterback Casey Weldon looks dejected
in Bolts recent loss to the Demons.
or are they MIA
Sonny Sanders - Bolts Team Reporter
authorities have issued an All Points Bulletin
for the Birmingham Thunderbolts. The
Bolts have been missing in action since beating
the Chicago Enforcers on February 18.
you peruse the Bolts roster you realize that this
team has the talent to win it all in the XFL.
Why then are they playing so badly? What is the
problem? The offense has struggled all season.
The special teams have only had one bright spot
with Stepfret Williams running back a punt for
defense has been the only positive aspect of the
team. However, they have fallen apart in the past
two games. After the Orlando game there was a
sense that nothing worse could happen. Well Bolts
fans, Murphy's law states otherwise. Against the
Demons the Bolts not only played horribly but
also were the victims of the most amazing assortment
of misfortune that I have ever witnessed. From
bad calls by the referees to freak plays and terrible
a team suffer more on field adversity? One can
recall the collapse of the Crimson Tide this past
season and only hope that we are not witnessing
a repeat of that tragedy. I feel truly sorry for
the Birmingham players and coaches but I have
to wonder about the mood of the fans. If a city
truly deserved a good break when it comes to a
professional football team then it would have
to be Birmingham.
upon a time there was a great pro team in the
Magic City. The Stallions of the USFL were very
good and seemed destined for a championship until
the league folded and shattered the dreams of
the fans. The Fire was an average team and the
Barracudas were not very good. The Steeldogs last
season suffered through a rough season and were
hammered in few games.
the Thunderbolts hope was prevalent and it appeared
that a great team would represent Birmingham.
It now appears that the misfortune for Birmingham
will continue. Birmingham is still in sole possession
of second place in the Eastern division but is
falling fast. If it were not for the fact that
NY/NJ and Chicago were as bad as Birmingham then
the season could be over now. I'm sure that hope
will still be alive for a playoff berth but I
have to wonder if anyone will show up for the
next Bolts game. I hope that the Thunderbolts
finally return from their hiatus and can beat
the Xtreme. Birmingham cannot survive another
- (5 March 2001) -- The
Bolts were DOA upon arrival at San Francisco Saturday
night. The game seemed a mirror image of the week before
when the Rage dominated the game from start to finish.
notably the defensive line is getting blown off the
ball consistently and the offense is simply not a threat
to score. Defenses can stack the box because they don't
believe QB Casey Weldon can avoid the rush long enough
to get a pass off.
is plenty of blame to go around.
Staff: Running off tackle left on first down 80% of
the time is a little high schoolish. People are starting
to openly question the hiring of Dave Arslinian a coach
with no pro or big time college experience. He was sold
as an offensive genius but there have been no flashes
of brilliance as yet. Take away two gimmie TD's late
in blowout games and the offense hasn't scored a touchdown
since the first half of the Chicago game.
Weldon: Everybody has a place in their heart for Casey.
He took hits that would sideline most QB's and kept
on fighting. But at some point you have to ask if taking
hits qualifies you as a quarterback. The only offensive
highlights the XFL ever shows of Birmingham is Weldon
taking another shot to the chin. Several teams have
switched to the backup QB this year with winning results.
Perhaps it is time to see if a bigger stronger Jay Barker
can get the offense moving. I realize that the touchdown
Saturday was mostly due to the defensive back going
for and missing an interception but the reason he missed
that interception is that Jay put some smoke on that
rope, something I haven't seen from the battered Casey
Line: Coach Dinardo relied on local talent to help staff
the DL. This may have been a mistake, as they appear
to be badly overmatched. They do arrive with an attitude
but they rarely arrive at all.
Line: These guys should donate their pay to Casey and
Bostic. I don't see how they can look these guys in
the face. One has to ask if OL coach Rich Rhodes is
up to the task at hand, his last job was coaching Pelham
Dinardo: As with all things blame must rest at the top.
Dinardo hired this staff and drafted this team. They
seemed to have good talent and kicked butt early in
the preseason workouts. But they seem to be going backwards.
Actually what is happening is that all the other teams
(with the possible exception of the Hitmen) are getting
better and moving forward while the Bolts are sitting
still. This can only be coaching and the finger can
only rest on one man, Dinardo.
up is Los Angeles. In my opinion LA is better
than the Demons. The Bolts have got to change
some things. The fact is that LA should
and most likely will grind the Bolts into
the turf at Legion Field Sunday unless Dinardo
and his players and coaches can find something,
anything to throw them off their game plan.
Bottom line, The bolts have to score early
and often. Chunk the conservative game plan,
It aint working. If you're going to lose
then dammit, go out in a blaze of glory.
Chunck that rock!! We have two receivers
that can burn anybody. You never know what
will happen. Somebody falls down, somebody
gets interference. It worked for Chicago
Sunday, It can work for the Bolts. In my
opinion Jay Barker has the physical skill
to put that kind of game plan in motion.
I'm not saying he is the better quarterback.
I'm just saying that if anyone can turn
this disaster around it is Jay Barker. Don't
confuse the young college sophomore who
led Alabama to a national championship with
the man he is today. He has put up good
numbers in Canada. He is bigger, stronger,
can see the field better and runs better.
And behind our offensive line running isn't
just a job, It's an adventure.