Football Is Back Saturday Night: Getting To Know The Alliance Of American Football

The Alliance of American Football, or AAF, kicks off this weekend. The first slate of games is for Saturday, February 9th at 5pm. Some of the names are familiar. Some of the names seem like they are straight out of Key and Peele’s East/West College Bowl.

After reading a few chapters into Jeff Pearlman’s Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL, I am pretty excited to have another start up football league make a debut.

As you’ll see below, there are a number of familiar names among the coaches of the league. We have many former PAC-12 coaches; Dennis Erickson (Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona State), Mike Riley (Oregon State), and Rick Neuheisel (Washington, UCLA), as well as the former DC of the Ducks, Nick Aliotti. Many of the greatest players from the early 2000’s Madden Games appear as coaches as well; Michael Vick, Bob Sanders, Az-Zahir Hakim, and Lito Sheppard.

Other notable coaches in the league are Steve Spurrier, Mike Singletary, and Mike Martz.

The Alliance also features many recognizable football players; we have Heisman Trophy winner Trent Richardson, NCAA 14 cover athlete Denard Robinson, discus-thrower Lawrence Okoye, notable New York Jet Christian Hackenberg, and Matt Asiata.

Here is the team by team breakdown, with enough information to help you to kind of know what is going on:

Arizona Hotshots

Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Rick Neuheisel, Defensive Coordinator – Nick Aliotti

Recognizable Players: QB – Trevor Knight, WR – Josh Huff, LB – Scooby Wright, K – Nick Folk

Best Name: DT – Chunky Clements

Atlanta Legends

Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Kevin Coyle, Offensive Coordinator – Michael Vick, Defensive Coordinator – Louie Cioffi

Recognizable Players: QB – Aaron Murray, RB – Denard Robinson, K – Younghoe Koo

Best Name: DT – Tracy Sprinkle

Birmingham Iron

Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Tim Lewis, Offensive Coordinator – Steve Logan, Defensive Coordinator – Rick Minter

Recognizable Players: QB – Blake Sims, RB – Trent Richardson, DT – Lawrence Okoye, K – Nick Novak

Best Name: WR – DeVozea Felton

Memphis Express

Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Mike Singletary, Offensive Coordinator – None, Defensive Coordinator – Dennis Thurman

Recognizable Players: QB – Zach Mettenberger, QB – Christian Hackenberg, RB – Zac Stacy

Best Name: WR – Damore’ea Stringfellow

Orlando Apollos

Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Steve Spurrier, Offensive Coordinator – None, Defensive Coordinator – Bob Sanders, Safeties – Lito Sheppard

Recognizable Players: QB – Garrett Gilbert, RB – Akeem Hunt, WR – Chris Thompson, WR – Jalin Marshall, S – Will Hill III, S – Bryce Canady, P – Ben Turk

Best Name: WR – Marvin Bracy-Williams Jr.

Salt Lake Stallions

Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Dennis Erickson, Offensive Coordinator – Tim Lappano, Defensive Coordinator – Donnie Henderson

Recognizable Players: QB – Austin Allen, QB – Josh Woodrum, RB – Matt Asiata, RB – Brandon Oliver, WR – Jordan Leslie, WR – Kenny Bell

Best Name: DL – Handsome Tanielu

San Antonio Commanders

Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Mike Riley, Offensive Coordinator – Matt Troxel, Defensive Coordinator – Jim Grobe

Recognizable Players: QB – Logan Woodside, QB – Marquise Williams, WR – Greg Ward Jr., WR – De’Marcus Ayers, K – Nick Rose

Best Name: WR – Mekale McKay

San Diego Fleet

Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Mike Martz, Offensive Coordinator: Mike DeBord, Defensive Coordinator – Larry Marmie, WR Coach – Az-Zahir Hakim

Recognizable Players: QB – Mike Bercovici, WR – Francis Owusu, TE – Gavin Escobar

Best Name: WR – Laquvionte Gonzalez

League Schedule

I will be curious to see how this plays out. With a few other leagues on the horizon, it will be interesting to see which of them stick around.

– Buzz