DC Defenders

DC Defenders bench Cardale Jones for Tyree Jackson, who immediately throws a touchdown

DC Defenders bench Cardale Jones for Tyree Jackson, who immediately throws a touchdown

After two strong games to begin the XFL season, the face of the DC Defenders franchise, Cardale Jones, has struggled mightily. 

In consecutive losses Jones threw no touchdowns and five interceptions, being benched in the fourth quarter of both contests. On Sunday against the St. Louis Battlehawks, the benching came earlier.

After tossing an interception in the first quarter, Jones was replaced by backup passer Tyree Jackson as DC finally decided something needed to change on offense. Jackson, a former University of Buffalo quarterback, immediately gave the Defenders the spark they were looking for with a touchdown pass to give DC a 6-3 lead.

Not an ideal situation for Jones, he was still supportive of his teammate as the two celebrated after the play.

It's unclear at this time what the QB situation will be in the weeks to come. Despite his struggles, Jones came into the XFL as one of the better passers and a star for the league. Even with all that, the Defenders will most likely ride the hot hand of Jackson for now.

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Report: XFL seeking new ownership after bankruptcy filing

Report: XFL seeking new ownership after bankruptcy filing

One month after filing for bankruptcy, the XFL is reportedly seeking new ownership in an attempt to save the league, according to Axios

Axios obtained documents that show an investment bank, Houlihan Lokey, managing the process, with letter of intent due by June 12 and formal bids due on July 6. 

The XFL claims to have been on pace to generate $46 million in revenue during its inaugural season. According to Axios' report, the league also had an average game attendance of 20,000 and 1.9 million average broadcast viewers for the nationally distributed games.

But the pandemic forced the league to cancel the rest of the season, suspend operations and lay off employees.

It was an abrupt move that left players, coaches and other team and league personnel wondering what's next. Some players parlayed XFL success to opportunities in the NFL, and former D.C. Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton landed on his feet with a professional gig with the Chargers. But that's not the case for the vast majority who were involved. 

If investors chose to revive the league, it would be done in the uncertain times currently swirling during the pandemic. Complicating matters is the indefinite timetable of the pandemic's duration. 

Dan Primack of Axios spoke to industry investors who are skeptical of somebody stepping forward to buy the entire league. But, those sources also acknowledged that sports can be unpredictable. 

"There are lots of people who are very rich but not rich enough to own an NFL team, so maybe someone will see this as the next best thing at a bargain price," one source said.

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Former XFL Defenders coach Pep Hamilton expected to go to Chargers, source says

Former XFL Defenders coach Pep Hamilton expected to go to Chargers, source says

Former XFL Defenders coach Pep Hamilton is heading to the Chargers to be the team's new quarterbacks coach though the deal is not yet official, a source with knowledge of the situation told NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson. 

Hamilton led the Defenders to an exciting start in their inaugural season in Washington before league ceased operations earlier this month due to the effects of the COV-19 virus. 

Before his stint at the Defenders, Hamilton worked in various roles around the NFL, most recently as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. Immediately before coming to D.C., he was the passing game coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of Michigan.

He started his career at Howard University, where he played quarterback as a student and returned as a quarterbacks coach.

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