What went wrong for the Soul in their first loss to the Force this week?
I really thought their secondary did not play very well. This is a group that I really liked. Obviously, the Georgia offensive line did a good job in pass protection and I've learned that in this league, your success in the secondary is directly related to the pass rush you get up front. Georgia QB Greisen had a lot of time to throw and he really exposed the Soul DBs in man-to-man coverage. Philadelphia tried to get physical with a lot of jam techniques, but once the Georgia receivers got by them, it was a mismatch. On the other end, the Soul offensive line which has been great only allowing one sack, had a rough night and QB Tony Graziani got hit more in one game than he had the entire year. That didn't help.
Dawg1Man (Ohio): San Jose vs Dallas in the ArenaBowl. you agree?
Gary Horton: Well, I love Dallas and I think they're the best team in the league right now. I think San Jose has a good chance because of their experience and they have been able to endure a very tough early season road schedule. I really liked Orlando at the beginning of the season, but something's missing there. I think the championship race will come down to Dallas, Philadelphia, San Jose, Georgia and maybe Utah and Los Angeles. And also, a team that's under the radar right now, is Chicago and remember a year ago, the Rush were mediocre during the regular season before turning it on in the postseason. You can not count them out.
Mike (Las Vegas): Why did the Gladiators release Shaun King?
Gary Horton: I have heard that King had become a distraction, openly questioning the coaching staff. But again, that's just the rumor. I know when you're losing like they are and especially when you're losing badly, the worst thing that can happen is for players to lose trust in their coaching staff. Right now, this team is a mess with not good enough players and now total instability at the position. The biggest job these coaches have is to keep the players from bailing on them. When you play in a city where winning is everything, it's difficult for fans to get excited about a product that's not very good.
Primo (LA): Gary what do you make of the LA Avengers? Does their upcoming schedule allow them to go on a little bit of a run here?
Gary Horton: Like San Jose, LA had a brutal early season road schedule. But they survived it. I really like their personnel and the way they're playing. I really like their up and coming QB Sonny Cumbie. I also think they have an underrated defense and they can create turnovers and make big plays on both sides of the ball. But just as I start to really like them and their chances to go on a run, we're staring at a tough road game at Utah. They will need a great defensive game to decide this one.
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