Announcing Podcast: The War Room — November 30, 2018

Announcing Podcast: The War Room

We here at 210 Blitz would like to announce our official podcast titled The War Room. This will be another way we can provide news and coverage for everything Commander’s Football. Host will be myself Albert Delgado and Richard Cano. We appreciate any and all feedback. This is my first experience setting a podcast up as well as editing so give us a listen below!

 

AAF’s QB Draft — October 31, 2018

AAF’s QB Draft

The AAF has announced earlier today that their QB Draft labeled as the Protect or Pick Draft will be hosted live via CBS Sports and take place at the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor on November 27, 2018 8pm ET/5pm PT.

The Alliance is purposing a unique spin with their Protect or Pick draft format, which will consist of four rounds and allow each team to either protect a QB meaning they are using their draft pick to keep a certain player on their current roster that was allocated via the player’s region. Alternatively, they can instead opt to pick, in which case they then wait till all other teams have elected their options to pick/protect, and via the draft order, they will be able to select a player from the pool of non protected QBs from any region.

Just ahead of the draft through November 12-14, the Alamo Dome will be host to the QB skills camp. The camp will give personnel groups from all Alliance teams a chance to better evaluate each QB before the draft.

I can’t imagine the Commanders not using their first protect option on QB Trevor Knight, but it will be interesting to see if they make moves on any players out of their current region.

You can find additional information, rules, and draft orders on the QB Draft here: AAF.com

 

 

 

 

Ticket Prices Released for Commanders — October 16, 2018

Ticket Prices Released for Commanders

Various early season ticket holders were treated to an email showing detailed ticket prices for AAF teams around the league. We have your first look at the Commanders ticket prices below! Looks like fans will truly get the most bang for their buck at the Alamo Dome. Let us know what you think about the ticket prices! Be sure to keep up to date on Commanders news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Screenshot credit via twitter: Leebo @mindfinger img_1409-1

SA Commanders Roster: RB pt.2 — September 28, 2018

SA Commanders Roster: RB pt.2

As we continue to review the talent for San Antonio’s current roster we pick up where we left off at with the last 3 of 6 running backs for the Commanders. You can read about the first three RBs featured in this article here: RB pt.1

David Cobb 25 yrs 5′ 11″ in 229lbs
Cobb recently being cut from the Chicago Bears practice squad in 2017 was initially drafted by the Tennesse Titans in the 5th round of the 2015 draft. Cobb is the definition of a power back he can utilize his size alongside his low center of gravity to run through arm tackles and keep his feet moving at the point of contact to gain extra yards. In college, Cobb played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers where he would go on to rush for 2,893 yards and average 5.1 yards per carry with 20 TD from 2011-2014. Concerns for Cobb in his scouting report according to ESPN.com were issues with ball security and pass blocking. Those issues can be worked on with the proper coaching/training, and will not take away from the fact that Cobb will be an RB that can wear down opposing defenses in the late stages of a game.

Aaron Green 25 yrs 5′ 11″ 201lbs
Green, an undrafted RB from TCU would join the Rams practice squad in 2016. Green would later go on to join the Cowboys practice squad in 2017, and his NFL stint would end with being cut from the Bills practice squad in 2018. However, at TCU Green rushed for 2,426 yards along with 5.2 yards per carry accompanied with 20 TD. Green is one of the more shiftier backs on the roster and has one of the cleanest jump cuts that help him create space from defenders. Even with his quick feet Green according to scout reports has a problem with being hesitant when hitting a hole and not reliable on picking up blitz protection. Green like everyone else on the roster will get another chance at pro football with the AAF, and we will see what this scatback can do with his new opportunity with the Commanders.

Joshua Mcphearson 24 yrs 5′ 10″ 197lbs
Out of all the RBs on the current roster, Mcphearson is the only one without an extensive highlight reel. Now, this is no fault to Mcphearson as he was part of a crowded Penn State backfield that was spearheaded by 2018 2nd overall pick Saquon Barkley. We do however have film on his various practice sessions with Penn State via his youtube channel. Yes, I understand it may not be game-time situations, but Mcphearson does show an uncanny ability to have perhaps the best set of hands on this roster. He also shows excellent awareness and is as quick and shifty as any of the other backs on the team. Also, notice the video the description and how it says “A talent the people never got to see”. With that statement, I am going to dub Mcphearson as the WILD CARD and personally look forward to what he can do in the backfield for the Commanders.

SA Alliance Announce Official Team Name: San Antonio Commanders — September 25, 2018

SA Alliance Announce Official Team Name: San Antonio Commanders

The SA Alliance and AAF have officially announced the Commanders to be the official team name for San Antonio. The AAF wanted the team names within the league to be representative of the spirit of the cities and their inhabitants. Going with Commanders makes sense due to San Antonio having the Alamo and other missions throughout its infrastructure alongside various military bases. I was thinking the AAF was leaning towards the Defenders for the name, but Commanders has a nice ring to it as well. I also may be very biased in this case, but I dig the logo with the Alamo in the background, saber, and lone star representing Texas. Keep an eye out for when they drop the official gear for the team!

The AAF had announced the name and logo via Twitter below, and also posted an official video via YouTube:

SA Commanders Roster: RB pt.1 — September 19, 2018

SA Commanders Roster: RB pt.1

So far the San Antonio Commanders have signed six running backs to their current roster. Two of the three featured in the article have former NFL experience, but all bring various talent to the Commanders backfield. With each player hungry to make a name for themselves within the new AAF league, let’s take a look at what each brings to the table.

Khiry Robinson Age: 28 Weight: 220 lbs Height: 6ft
Robinson is one of the most recognizable names on the current roster, and for good reason as he had found success in the NFL with the Saints. Robinson is a running back that runs angry, he is a physical bruiser and will make defenders pay if they try to tackle him high or choose to test his stiff arm. I can see Robinson as being the potential three-down back for San Antonio due to being the most experienced on the roster with his prior NFL tenure. A fractured tibia in 2015 and broken leg with the Jets in 2016 would cause teams to pass on the RB due to injury risk, but if Robinson can stay healthy, he can easily be a star RB for San Antonio.

Max Mickey Age: 24 Weight: 190 lbs Height: 5ft 9in
With one of the most impressive highlight reels of the three backs, it is easy to see why the SA Commanders would want Mickey in their backfield. His elusiveness and speed are something that makes him stand out among the other backs. He reminds me a lot of the Chicago Bear’s RB Tarik Cohen, with the way he can bob and weave from defenders and the home run threat he possesses with his breakaway speed. In 2016 Mickey rushed for 1,764 yards and 19 TDs with an average of 8.65 yards per carry at USF. One thing is for sure with Mickey, is that when he touches the ball fans will be in for a show.

Daryl Richardson Age: 28 Weight: 206 lbs Height: 5ft 10in
Richardson is another back with prior professional experience having played in the NFL with the Rams in 2012, and finally being cut with the Colts in 2017. Richardson was never able to replicate the same success in the NFL that made him a standout back for Abilene Christian University. Regardless Richardson still can shine in the passing game as a receiving back due to his sure hands and quick feet. Richardson like the other backs will be getting another opportunity in a professional football league, and come February we will see if they can take advantage of it.

*This is only part 1 of the current RB roster look out for part 2 coming soon!

Intro: SA Commanders Head Coach Mike Riley — September 15, 2018

Intro: SA Commanders Head Coach Mike Riley

This past June Mike Riley was announced as the head coach for the San Antonio Commanders. Coach Riley’s resume consists of various coaching success at the college level, a brief stint in the NFL, and ties to a previous pro football team in San Antonio.

The SA Commanders is not the first time Riley has held a coaching job for a pro football team in San Antonio. Riley was once the head coach for the San Antonio Riders that were part of the now-defunct WLAF league. The San Antonio Riders only stuck around form 1991-1992 not being able to gain much success with the WLAF venture. The Riders would later be moved to the CFL ending their short time in San Antonio with a record of 11-9 under coach Riley.

Riley had a brief stint in the NFL as Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1999-2001, he was not able to garner the same amount of success he had at the collegiate level and would return to Oregon State University for the second time in 2003. Riley’s most successful head coaching tenure would be here with Oregon State from 2003-2014. Riley was able to take Oregon State to 8 bowl game appearances with a record of 6-2. Riley would go on to hold the record for Oregon State as the most winningest head coach with 93 total wins.

Coach Riley brings a stout resume that boasts of experience within the professional and collegiate levels of football to the San Antonio Commanders team. Only time will tell if all his past success will transition to a fruitful career in San Antonio.

What is the AAF? — September 1, 2018

What is the AAF?

With the NFL’s final roster cuts coming this Saturday up to 1,184 players from all 32 teams will be left without jobs over the weekend. A new opportunity to keep these players in the states and still in an organized professional football league will come in the form of the AAF.

The Alliance of American Football or AAF is a new professional league that will start its inaugural season the week after the NFL’s Superbowl LIII in February 2019. The AAF currently consists of 8 teams that are playing in the following cities: Atlanta GA, Birmingham AL, Memphis TN, Orlando FL, Tempe AZ, Salt Lake City UT, San Antonio TX, and San Diego CA. The AAF is not trying to be a direct competitor of the NFL, but more of a supplemental league similar to the minor leagues for the majors in baseball. Not only will the league be giving players that were undrafted/cut a second chance, but it will also be a solution to the demand for more football once the NFL season ends for fans.

Unique League Rules

First off there are no kickoffs in the AAF. Every offensive possession starts on their own 25-yard line. Onside kicks are also done away with and instead after scoring the offense can choose to take the ball on their own 35-yard line in a 4th and 10 situation. If the offense can convert, then they keep on with possession, if not the opposing team takes over on the failed conversion spot. There are no extra points after scoring; only option is going for a 2 point conversion. Replays are limited to 2 per team and are initiated by a coach’s challenge. The play clock will be 30seconds instead of the NFL standard of 40.

Player Experience

The AAF is advocating bringing more incentives to its players in the form of bonuses. They have a unique twist when it comes to a players performance, and can pay out incentives to players who stood out in the stat columns despite a team loss. Player contracts will be worth $250,000 each for three years non-guaranteed, and if a player is called up to the NFL, they can leave at the end of the season. The league will also offer all players post-secondary scholarships to assist with life after football. When it comes to concussion and injury protocol, the AAF will use an independent organization that will examine players.

Fan Experience

The primary focus for the AAF on the fan experience side is making it affordable. The league is proposing a $35 “Quality Ticket.” There will be cheaper ticket options, but with the Quality Ticket fans can expect to be seated between the 20-yard lines. Focusing on the more bang for your buck experience the AAF will also be proposing valued concessions to make it more cost efficient for the family’s grabbing meals and drinks at the games. When the league launches, CBS will have the rights to broadcast all games as part of their long-term contract with the AAF. The league is wanting to have no TV timeouts and fewer commercials with an overall focus on a game-time of just 2.5 hours. The AAF will also have an Alliance app which will include integrated fantasy football, the ability to watch games streamed to the app, and also offer in-app rewards to fans.

The AAF is aiming to bring a change to the way football is experienced with fans and players. Whether or not if the league will bring new standards into the way we consume football will remain to be seen. Until then let’s sit back enjoy the fact that we will have more football once the NFL season ends.

*To reserve season tickets and more info on the AAF visit http://www.aaf.com

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