DC Defenders

DC Defenders defense is so good it's driving Guardian's QB Matt McGloin to go crazy

DC Defenders defense is so good it's driving Guardian's QB Matt McGloin to go crazy

One of the best things for the fans about the relaunched XFL has been its unprecedented access. But for New York Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin, he likely wishes there was no such thing.

After an uninspiring first half against the DC Defenders on Saturday, McGloin was asked by ESPN's Dianna Russini what the offense need to change in the second half. The former Penn State quarterback did not exactly hold back.

"We need to change the whole entire gameplan at halftime," he said. "There's a lot going on right now. it's been embarrassing for us as an offense."

McGloin finished the first half 5-14 for 32 yards and an interception, as the Guardians trailed the Defenders 12-0 at halftime.

Things did not get any better for the quarterback once the second half rolled around. On the first drive out of the locker room, McGloin was intercepted once again. Defenders linebacker Jameer Thurman returned McGloin's errant pass 46 yards to the end zone, extending DC's lead to 18.

The quarterback was asked by the broadcast crew what went wrong on his second interception, and McGloin only blamed himself.

"Poor decision by me. I have to learn to take the sack there," he said.

With their second pick-six in as many weeks, the Defenders defense is sending a message to the rest of the XFL.

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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.