Well, the XFL is back. After an 18 year hiatus, Vince McMahon has revived the doomed league, with a new business model. Instead of trying to beat the incredibly popular NFL as the No. 1 American Football league in the world, it’s taken an AAF approach. They want to become a minor league to the NFL of sorts, filling rosters with former NFL players trying to get back into the game or young guys trying or make a name for themselves. With eight teams in eight big markets around the US, it seems the XFL might be here to stay.
One of these teams is the D.C. Defenders. D.C. has finally got a football team actually located in Washington (Audi Field). With a former college standout and fourth-round pick, Cardale Jones at QB, the Defenders are a force to be reckoned with. Joining Cardale is arguably the best player in the league, former and Philadelphia Eagle and Super Bowl 52 winner Rashard Davis, as the team’s WR1. NFL veteran tight end Orson Charles and the leader in all-time career rushing yards in college football, Donnel Pumphrey, round out the main skill position players on the offense.
Defensively, D.C. has a few great NFL vets. Longtime Ravens safety Matt Elam headlines the secondary, with college standouts Jalen Myrick and Doran Grant coming in at cornerback. NFL journeyman Rahim Moore rounds out possibly the best secondary in the XFL. Scooby Wright III, who was a bonafide star at Arizona, starts at linebacker, while another Super Bowl 52 champion, Elijah Qualls, plays in the trenches at DT. D.C. has one of the better teams in the league, making them a spectacle to watch relative to other Washington-area football teams. Looking at the XFL itself, the league is different from it’s only season in 2001. Gone are the WWE-inspired rules that made it different from traditional football leagues.
Now, with an actually solid business plan, it seems there will finally be a long-lasting, financially stable minor league for the NFL. Going into the actual business model, on paper, this league is set up better than the AAF. Instead of teams in small market cities such as Birmingham, Tempe, or Salt Lake City, there are teams in bigger markets such as D.C., Los Angeles, and New York. With the league running from February to April, in the dead of the offseason for the NFL, there will be plenty of football-hungry fans wanting to watch the games. With this being said, it’s a safe bet to say the XFL will be a staple of the American Football landscape for years to come.