Well, here we are again.
The third edition of XFL announced the eight franchise locations and head coaches Sunday night.
Under the new management this time around, the league will have a different look, a different feel and a different look when it re-launches in February. Eight teams will once again compete for the title, with seven new coaches.
Bob Stops is back to coach Dallas, and Dallas will play again at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington (the former home of the MLB Texas Rangers), but since the Dallas team hasn’t been announced as the Dallas Renegades, it’s safe to assume he’ll assume a different identity this time.
Houston, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. will have a difference again; Not all of Los Angeles, New York, and Tampa Bay will. These cities have been replaced by Las Vegas, San Antonio and Orlando. San Antonio and Orlando also hosted the Alliance of American Football Teams, the season-long XFL chapter, in 2019.
With only Stoops back, here are the seven remaining coaches:
Houston – Wade Phillips
Las Vegas – Rod Woodson
Orlando – Terrell Buckley
San Antonio – Heinz Ward
Seattle – Jim Haslett
St. Louis – Anthony Becht
Washington DC – Reggie Barlow
“We have a clear vision for XFL – the values to instill, the diversity of our leaders, the innovation of the game, and how we want to engage deeply with our communities so they can help bring that vision to life. Today, our league is nearing a start,” said Danny Garcia, president and owner of the company. The year 2023 is where we officially announce where our teams will play.” “What makes the league come alive is the passion of the fan base behind it. In each of these cities, we will co-create with our fans and build these teams from the ground up so that they represent the unique fabric of our communities. We welcome all football fans to join us as we prepare to kick off in February.”
Unlike the relaunched USFL, the eight XFL teams will play in the cities they represent. The eight-team USFL played all of its regular season games in Birmingham and its playoff games in Canton, Ohio.
In addition to the head coaches, most of the teams have filled in the main off the field and coordinator appointments as well. Among the highlights there, former XFL Houston Roughnecks coach Jon Jones will be the offensive coordinator in Seattle, and NFL defensive coordinator Greg Williams will head the defense in DC.
Click here for a full list of appointments.