XFL team fires defensive coordinator after first game of the season

XFL team fires defensive coordinator after first game of the season

The team announced the dismissal of Pepper Johnson, whose defense allowed Houston quarterback P.J. Walker to throw four touchdown passes and rally his team from a 14-6 halftime deficit.

It will be interesting to see how this league fares, but Walker has gotten himself off to a hot start in Houston. The backup quarterback Chad Kanoff only had 5 days to practice and it showed as Roughnecks quarterback PJ Walker stole a 14-point lead at half to win 37-17. The team seemed to move the ball with him as quarterback, but the Vipers kept coming back to Murray. Disney's Sunday game, which aired on cable cannel ESPN instead of ABC, is what really dragged down the weekend's average, with *just* 2.9 million viewers. Tampa Bay turned to QB Quinton Flowers, who is also listed as a runner.

In the first game on Sunday, neither team had a former Longhorn when the Tampa Bay Vipers traveled to NY to face the Guardians. The contest in Houston features the highest betting total of Week 2.

Seattle Dragons coach Jim Zorn joked that "all the other coaches are much smarter than I am", but agreed that the new rule adds a layer of strategy teams must get comfortable with. He also holds the single-season record with 3,295 passing yards in 2016. One of DC's two interceptions was returned for a touchdown.

NY had the easiest win of Week 1, and they did it against a team that was considered to be one of the XFL's best.

Even better, the audience numbers peaked - 4 million - at the end of the game.

As Action Network Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell posted over the weekend, ticket revenues for the XFL before kickoff on Saturday, already beat the ticket revenues earned by the AAF during their entire season.

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