Okay I know all the talk is probably going to center around the three undefeated teams, but Gary which non-undefeated team in the best in the league?
That is a great question. Two teams that have disappointed me a bit are Colorado and Chicago and I don't think either are playing up to their abilities, but both can turn it around. And remember Chicago was not great last year until they went on that huge run that got them the title. I like Utah as a bit of a darkhorse because of their great O, and I think that even though Arizona is off to a slow 1-3 start they also have a very explosive offense and could really stir things up. And LA is an underrated team; they have two great road wins at Orlando and New Orleans.
Mike: Did you see the guy jump out of the stands to break up a pass this week in the Orlando-Dallas game? Does the league worry that we may see more of that due to the proximity of the fans?
Gary Horton: I think there is a fine line between this league being so fan friendly that they want people to have a good time, but also fans not getting too close to the action, or falling out of the stands like last night. I could see that becoming a bit of a problem if nothing is done. Because as we all know a lot of people love being on camera, and if there are no penalties involved we could see more of it. But I don't think this league wants to become too strict and limit the fans enjoyment.
Dave (Chicago, IL): With the first quarter of the season complete, who would you say is the best QB - Receiver combination right now?
Gary Horton: I would say you would have to look long and hard at Dolezel and Nash in Dallas, but I also like Germaine and Burley at Utah. You got to love Dutton and Harrell. And the list just goes on and on. There are some great duos in this league.
Chad (Austin, TX): Gary, You're great at breaking down teams, what will the Austin Wranglers have to do to take the next step? Last year they were close, now they have a new coach.
Gary Horton: Austin is one of the teams that I expected more from, and maybe I overrated them. I really liked their new hires as coaches, and I thought this would be a very innovative O that would score a lot of points. Right now not only is their offense struggling, making mistakes and playing sloppy, but they also don't have a defense that can make a lot of big plays and that combo is really slowing this team down. They have a young QB, Adrian McPherson, who is up and down right now, and he does not always do a great job of reading defenses. But I am hopeful that this offense will eventually grow into the unit that I expected, and as far as their defense they are going to have to add better players. But I still have high hopes for this team. there is something about them that I really like. But playing Dallas this week probably is not what they need to break their losing streak.
Joe (DC): Hey Gary, when do you think the AFL will field a team in Washington? We all know Dan Snyder has the rights to it, but I'm dying for them to get a team.
Gary Horton: I've heard through the grape vine that there is solid interest in putting a team in the DC area. And I would expect Snyder is the kind of guy who would love having an arena team. Especially since his NFL team is struggling. I think it is a great market and I would love to see a team in the DC area and Boston. I think those would be great markets.
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