Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Sonny Sanders - Bolts Team Reporter
- (13 March 2001) -- The
Bolts offense finally made an appearance.
The high-powered offense that was displayed
by the Bolts Sunday is what I have been
expecting all season.
knew that with the talent at quarterback,
running back, and receiver that Birmingham
could be one of the most explosive offensive
teams in the XFL. They displayed some of
Smith was the go to guy when the Bolts needed
tough yards. He has been hampered by injury
this season but if he can remain healthy
then he could be a vital part of the offense
for the rest of the season. While the offense
played better there are still problems.
If the offensive line could hold off the
pass rush for a few more seconds and give
the QB more time to throw then the offense
could flourish. Instead of holding the opposing
defense back the line continues to have
problems. Thankfully Weldon was mobile enough
to get the ball to the open receiver on
a few plays.
biggest issue that the Bolts have is on
defense. If they try to stop the run then
they are burned by the passing game. If
they stop the passing game then they allow
any running back, no matter how unknown
he may be, to run all over them. The defense
is pathetic. While its true that there
are a few great players on the defense it
is also apparent that the defense as a whole
is bad. Why are they this bad? Whos
to blame? Curly Hallman or Don Wnek? Ultimately
it falls on the shoulders of DiNardo. Could
the co-defensive coordinator aspect be the
problem? Everywhere you look there are questions.
Bolts, who are tied for second place in
the Eastern Division, must find the answers
and quickly. While the Bolts have been running
backwards the NY/NJ Hitmen have been improving.
If Birmingham cannot solve the riddle then
they will continue to fall and be eliminated
from the playoffs. With only four games
remaining there is no time to waste.
the Bolts team being blown out in the last
two games the fans have lost interest at a
rapid pace. Less than twelve thousand showed
up to watch the Bolts this week. If the Bolts
continue to falter then Legion Field could
be a dead zone for the next home game. Only
a two game winning streak will bring the fans
back. Even that may not be enough.