‘It’ll help the game flow’ new XFL coach Bob Stoops on XFL changes
The Dallas Renegades are coming to town in February 2020.
The XFL announced team names and logos for the eight franchises on Wednesday afternoon, and the Renegades are Dallas’ newest professional team. The Dallas franchise held a watch party at Victory Park where a handful of fans watched the announcement, along with president Grady Raskin, coach Bob Stoops, director of player personnel Daryl Johnston and more.
“I think it’s awesome. It’s creative. I love the logo,” said Stoops, the longtime Oklahoma coach. “It fits Dallas and this area. So now it’s up to us and the team and the fans to make it work. It’s a good start.”
The XFL branded the Renegades as having “a swagger that can’t be denied … hell on wheels, between the hash marks.”
The slogan is “Raising Hell.”
The XFL announced the team names for the entire league. Along with the Renegades, there’s the Houston Roughnecks, the Los Angeles Wildcats, the New York Guardians, the St. Louis BattleHawks, the Seattle Dragons, the Tampa Bay Vipers and the D.C. Defenders.
The Renegades will play its home games at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Construction is expected to begin shortly after the Rangers season. One end zone is expected to be approximately where the third-base dugout is located with the field extending to right field.
The season is scheduled to start on Feb. 8. It’s a 10-week regular season with four teams advancing to the playoffs on April 18-19, and the championship game scheduled for April 26.
The XFL is a reboot of the failed football league that lasted just one season in 2001. The new version vows to “reimagine the game” with new rules such as possibly eliminating fair catches (opponents would have to give the returner five yards to recover and return the ball).
Stoops and Johnston are among the biggest believers in it. Football is one of the few sports that doesn’t really have a minor league system.
“There is a need for it,” Stoops said. “I think done the right way, this could be a really positive brand of football for everybody. For the players who still want to show that they can play and get the opportunity to do it, and even for NFL teams for evaluate. I think done the right way this could really take off and do well.”
Johnston echoed those thoughts. Johnston was part of the short-lived Alliance of American Football, and feels the XFL is better positioned for success.
Vince McMahon has the financial backing to make it successful, and the league has made a number of splash hires.
Along with Stoops, other franchises will be coached by former NFL head coaches such as Jim Zorn (Seattle) and Marc Trestman (Tampa Bay). Oliver Luck is the league’s commissioner.
“I believe in the concept of spring football,” Johnston said. “We know this can work. It’s just got to be done the right way. You’ve seen other groups fail at this, they’ve been financial reasons, they’ve been the quality of football, they’ve been the style of plays. There’s been a number of reasons why this hasn’t worked.
“The charge for us is, ‘Let’s be the group that does this. Let’s pull this off. Let’s make it sustainable.’ We know it can work, so let’s do it. Let’s do it the right way and let’s make it something that’s going to be here for 10 years, 15 years, 20 years.
“The appetite is there from the football fan that wants to watch football. As soon as the Super Bowl is over, they want more football.”