Fall Short in Shootout with LA
Bamaslammer - Bolts Team Reporter
Week 6 Photos
Bolts Offense lit up under the dircection of QB
entertainment like this you'd think that the stands
would be full.
tailgating parties are reportedly on an increase
outside Legion Field.
- (12 March 2001) --
The Bolts found a pulse but the bleeding continues.
Casey Weldon shook off two abysmal weeks and scored
on his first offensive drive hitting WR Quincy Jackson
in the Corner for 6. Casey lit up the LA defense for
300 yards and 3 touchdowns and appeared to have the
Bolts rolling. However the shootout with Los Angeles
turned sour as Casey Weldon was knocked from the game
and continued defensive problems allowed LA to take
home a 35 - 26 win and first place in the West.
the last two weeks the Bolts defense has allowed formerly
unknown running backs to run wild. Coach Dinardo did
what most everyone has done in the XFL. He brought safety
Calvin Jackson up into the box to stuff the run. The
results were mixed as the Bolts held the running game
in check but QB Tommy Maddox burned the secondary repeatedly
for big plays. Since week one in the XFL teams have
been bringing up the safeties daring the quarterback
to burn them deep. Up until recently only Orlando had
been able to do that consistently but Both Maddox and
Weldon went deep repeatedly with great success. The
game which was being billed by UPN as a shootout between
two gunslingers was turning into just that.
the Bolts held the lead at the half safety Calvin Jackson
was injured and Dinardo was unwilling to bring his backup
into the box. The results were disastrous as RB Sal
McCullough rang up 124 yards on the bolts defense. Who
is McCullough you ask? I wouldn't jot down his name
for your fantasy team just yet. The bolts have been
making a number of journeyman running backs look like
Walter Payton lately. The Bolts defense clearly is unable
to stop the run without a commitment from the secondary.
Meanwhile Casey Weldon who had FINALLY caught fire left
the game late in the 3rd quarter bleeding from multiple
locations after a series of brutal hits. His prognosis
is unclear as he suffered wrist and shoulder injuries.
His backup Jay Barker was totally ineffective and completed
only 2 passes and 2 interceptions the rest of the night.
the final analysis the effort was far better
than the last two weeks. The Bombs away
approach is clearly the way to get the offense
moving with Stepfret Williams and Quincy
Jackson riddling virtually every secondary
they face. But plugging one hole seems to
produce two more for the Bolts and the results
remain another notch in the "L"
column. The Bolts hit the road for another
two-week stretch that will likely determine
if they are going to compete for a playoff
spot. With Chicago and New York coming on
strong it is imperative that the Bolts win
one of the next two road games. The defense
must find a way to put pressure on the Quarterback.
Tommy Maddox was virtually untouched all
night. The linebackers aren't challenging
the runners until they are 5 yards into
the secondary. A trade with Chicago brought
fresh blood to the offensive line with good
results, It may be time for the bolts to
make some calls to find some DL help as