Gary who has a better shot at making some noise come playoff time: Chicago or New Orleans?
Oh I think there is no question that it is Chicago and you are starting to see them become more of a complete team. They have a great WR in Sippio and he is a great red zone target and they have a D that can dominate the game and control the pace when they are focused. They also have a great pass rush and the most underrated secondary in the AFL, and I believe that it is their D that will probably put them on a run and make them tough to beat in the playoffs.
Eddie: Another huge game for Germaine with seven TDs, I know he's your guy Gary, is this the best player in the league right now?
Gary Horton: Well he is one of the most fascinating players in the league because we have not seen him on the AFL level. But when I watch him I see a guy who rarely makes a mistake, he spreads the ball, and he really understands match-ups. I think what makes him so interesting is the fact that even though he is not a really young guy, his best years in this league are ahead of him. His natural physical skills are better than most guys in this league. I think we are looking at a guy who could be the face of this league if he does not go back to the NFL.
Ian (NY): Gary, so many last second finishes this past week, what an awesome league! I had no idea how close these games could be regardless of record. why is are the games this close?
Gary Horton: My observation is that almost everyone of these teams has a quality QB who can make plays if he has time. And what I am seeing is that the new sub rules, that don't require the linemen to play both ways, has really improved the offenses. We are seeing QBs across the boards with more time, which allows them to pick defenses apart. I also don't see a lot of shut down D-backs in this league. And there seems to be a trend of bigger and more physical WRs that are very tough match-ups for the secondaries in this league. But I agree with you, it is hard to predict these games because there is just not much to separate a lot of these teams.
Hooves, Des Plaines: If you were picking an ArenaBowl champ right now, who would you take?
Gary Horton: Right now I would probably take Dallas, because they are the most dominating team on both sides of the ball and they have playmakers at every position. They have two great WR and big time QB and they can run the ball when they need to. And they really know how to dictate the pace of the game and make adjustments. In my opinion this is not a team that will lose a game in the final minutes, as many teams do. Right now I see a team that is on a mission, and they are very aware of not getting upset again in the playoffs, like they were last year by Orlando.
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