Week Twelve Power Rankings

1. Seattle Orcas (10-2) – No Change
Last Week: W – Columbus – 24-10

The Orcas bounced back from a loss to Dallas with a good win over Columbus. The Explorers didn’t score in the first half. Isaiah Crowell continued another epic season with 185 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He might just be an MVP candidate. The defense is loaded with Defensive Player of the Year candidates such as Zach Kerr, Jeff Knox Jr, Aaron Lynch, EJ Gaines, Tashaun Gipson and Tony Jefferson. Quite clearly, the Orcas can shut teams down.

2. Michigan Stags (10-2) – No Change
Last Week: W – Phoenix – 38-14

You could easily make a case for Michigan as the best team in the league after earning their seventh victory in a row. The Stags defense is among the best in the league and their running game has been even more spectacular with the addition of Dexter McCluster, who has been such a great spark for them. But against Phoenix, Zach Collaros showed again he can have as big of games as anybody (when the running game is going strong) and passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns.

3. Orlando Rockets (8-4) – No Change
Last Week: W – Washington – 49-30

The revolving door of quarterbacks continues and Ricky Ray has to be pretty upset. It wouldn’t be surprising if he demands a trade in the offseason Trevor Harris had four touchdowns, but also two interceptions. Still, combined with the efforts of Devonta Freeman running and Almond Sewell making huge plays on defense, the Rockets got a great victory over a very quality opponent.

4. Pittsburgh Forge (8-4) – No Change
Last Week: W – New York – 40-18

As they should have against the bottom dweller in their division, the Pittsburgh Forge cruised to a huge victory to stay atop the Atlantic Division. Jon Jennings had another four touchdowns as he’s making his clear push for MVP. Pittsburgh now has back-to-back victories and seven wins in their last eight games. What a turnaround it has been for them.

5. Atlanta Firebirds (8-4) – Up 2
Last Week: W – Carolina – 27-20

Atlanta got a very big win over their divisional rival to take control of the Southern Division in the Metropolican Conference. Matt Barkley has turned things around so much after a slow start that he’s now broken into the MVP conversation. The biggest thing is they’ve won three straight games and six out of their last seven.

6. Washington Wave (7-5) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Orlando – 49-30

Ryan Fitpatrick had another good game, but Tyreek Hill isn’t making the big and explosive players on offense he was earlier in the season and Arian Foster is looking pretty old right now. Still, it’s not too much to worry about. They won back-to-back games before taking on the defending champions.

7. Los Angeles Stars (8-4) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Omaha – 12-6

The Stars might be a clear second in their division behind the Seattle Orcas, but they aren’t allowing the heavyweights to sleep. The Stars have four wins in their last five games. This offensive performance was a bit disappointing, but they seem to have figured out how to make their running game pretty effective. Buck Allen and Zac Stacy combined for 143 yards on the ground. That will certainly help their defense in the second half as well as they’ll be able to grind down time when they are ahead.

8. Philadelphia Bulldogs (7-5) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Dallas – 31-28

Michael Vick led a tremendous fourth quarter comeback, in which the Bulldogs scored 17 unanswered points, including two of Vick’s three passing touchdowns. Jay Ajayi is still the workhorse of the offense and had 165 yards on the ground, but Vick’s efforts led the Bulldogs to a much-needed victory.

9. Carolina Generals (7-5) – Down 3
Last Week: L – @ Atlanta – 27-20

After a solid start it was a disappointing result for the Carolina Generals as they lost their second straight game. Erik Meyer had three interceptions, but at least Anquan Boldin had a very nice debut with 101 yards and two touchdowns in his first game with the Generals. Disappointingly, the loss came against their top divisional competition and took them out of the playoff picture for now.

10. San Antonio Marshalls (7-5) – No Change
Last Week: W – @ Houston – 33-14

San Antonio didn’t have too much to worry about against their struggling in-state foe. They took a 20-0 lead into halftime and it was cruise control to the win from there. Bo Levi Mitchell had 374 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Marshalls to their third straight victory and further ahead in their division.

11. New Orleans Nightmare (6-6) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Birmingham – 38-12

It was a rocky start to his first game with the nightmare, but Tim Tebow had four touchdowns and helped New Orleans snap a four-game losing streak with a big win over a competitive Birmingham squad. Tebow has always been great for big games, but also some stinkers. New Orleans is hoping he’ll have more good than bad outings as they push for the postseason.

12. Columbus Explorers (7-5) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Seattle – 24-10

Their inconsistency bites them again. With little help around him all year, Terrelle Pryor had an impossible task of trying to get it going against Seattle. He didn’t and it resulted in Columbus’ third loss in four games.

13. Nashville Renegades (6-6) – Up 3
Last Week: W – @ Charleston – 24-0

While even against a struggling offense, any shutout is impressive. Nashville was able to save a season with a second straight win. They still have work to do and need more out of their passing game, but rookie Jordan Howard is one of the best backs in the league this year and is going to be the centerpiece of their offense for some years to come.

14. Birmingham Predators (5-7) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ New Orleans – 38-12

Dak Prescott is hitting a rookie wall. He was great early in the season but now it seems defenses have figured him out a bit. The Predators have lost three in a row because of it and disappointingly they only have 24 points combined in them.

15. Dallas Six-Shooters (5-7) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Philadelphia – 31-28

Dallas had Philadelphia on the ropes but collapsed in the fourth quarter, allowing 17 unanswered, ending the Six-Shooters winning-streak at four games in a row. James Franklin had a pretty efficient game and has solidified himself as the team’s quarterback. He also led the team with 128 rushing yards while Rex Burhead had three touchdowns. Still, their defense couldn’t shut it down against Michael Vick, who had three passing touchdowns against them.

16. Charleston Dragons (5-7) – Down 1
Last Week: L – Nashville – 24-0

It’s been quite a season for Charleston, but with more bad than good. They were shutout for the second time in three weeks and dropped to 5-7 on the season. The offense has just bee miserable. Kellen Moore had only 66 yards passing. Maybe Aaron Murray gets another shot.

17. Phoenix Scorpions (5-7) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Michigan – 38-14

Some may claim that the Scorpions were tanking based on their depth chart changes but how they worked the explosive rookie DJ Foster in with the grinding veteran Adrian Peterson was very effective. If they started Mike Reilly over rookie Cardale Jones then maybe they should have been more competitive against the Stags, but regardless, Michigan was the heavy favorite. Cardale left a bit to be desired in his debut start, but they will remain committed to him.

18. Minnesota Freeze (3-9) – Up 1
Last Week: W – Louisville – 33-12

Believe it, Minnesota has won three straight games. Josh McCown earned himself Offensive Player of the Week honors with 344 yards and three touchdowns in the air. The running game still isn’t helping, but McCown is still a legend.

19. Omaha Express (4-8) – Down 1
Last Week: L – @ Los Angeles – 12-6

No. 2 overall draft pick Joe Callahan finally started for the Express, but he didn’t do too much and the team suffered another bad loss. The offense produced only six points as they lost their third in a row. It wasn’t really Callahan’s fault though, the offense just doesn’t have too much to help him. The defense, though, at least did a tremendous job holding one of the better offenses in the league to only 12 points.

20. New York Marauders (3-9) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Pittsburgh – 40-18

New York shouldn’t get too overhyped that they found their solution at quarterback. After bending Ryan Nassib and a poor start by Denard Robinson at quarterback, the Marauders put Vad Lee in, in the second half. The little-known by highly spoke of rookie out of James Madison had a pretty nice second half with 148 yards and a touchdown passing while leading the team in rushing yards, but the Marauders were still blown out and suffered their sixth loss in seven games. Their running game is still terrible. They are trying to figure it out, but they have a lot left to put together. But if Lee had another good game next week then maybe they have something.

21. Louisville Cougars (2-10) – No Change
Last Week: L – @ Minnesota – 33-12

Louisville was hopeful they could remain in the win column, but instead they lost their ninth game in 10 outings. Jeremiah Masoli is starting to really slow down and had only 122 yards passing with two interceptions. They went back to Christian ponder in the middle of the game. He had was far more accurate than we’ve previously seen, but he still wasn’t all that good. Neither guy looks like the answer.

22. Houston Wranglers (2-10) – No Change
Last Week: L – San Antonio – 33-14

And it was another bad loss for the Wranglers. Houston has lost 10 in a row since starting the year with back-to-back victories. Not much to write that we haven’t already gone over at this point.

Week Twelve Awards

Offensive Player of the Week
QB Josh McCown, Minnesota Freeze
23-for-34 (67.6%)m 344 Pass Yards, 3 Pass Tds, 1 Rush TD

Defensive Player of the Week
DE Jamaal Westerman, Los Angeles Stars
8 Tackles, 3 Sacks, 1 TFL

Special Teams Player of the Week
RET Rashad Greene, Orlando Rockets
6 PR, 177 PR Yards (29.5 YPC), 2 PR TDs

Rookie of the Week
RB Jordan Howard, Nashville Renegades
43 Rushes, 184 Rush Yards (4.3 YPC)

Playoff Watch

Empire Conference
1. Orlando Rockets (8-4) vs. 4. Washington Wave* (7-5)
2. Pittsburgh Forge (8-4) vs. 3. San Antonio Marshalls (7-5)

*Wildcard Watch: Philadelphia Bulldogs (7-5), New Orleans Nightmare (6-6), Birmingham Predators (5-7), Charleston Dragons (5-7)

Metropolitan Conference
1. Seattle Orcas (10-2) vs. 4. Los Angeles Stars* (8-4)
2. Michigan Stags (10-2) vs. 3. Atlanta Firebirds (8-4)

*Wildcard Watch: Carolina Generals (7-5), Columbus Explorers (6-6), Nashville Generals (6-6)

Records Watch

Most Points Scored in a Season: 592 – Minnesota Freeze, 2014
Pittsburgh Forge – 448 (37.3 ppg) on pace for 596.8 Points

Most Rushing Yards in a Season: 2,741 – Columbus Explorers, 2016
Columbus Explorers – 2,263 (188.58 YPG) on pace for 3,017.3 Rush Yards
Dallas Six-Shooters – 2,065 (172.08 YPG) on pace for 2,753.3 Rush Yards
Michigan Stags – 2,169 (180.75 YPG) on pace for 2,892 Rush Yards
Philadelphia Bulldogs – 2,125 (177.08 YPG) on pace for 2,833.3 Rush Yards
Seattle Orcas – 2,465 (205.41 YPG) on pace for 3,286.6 Rush Yards

Pass Attempts in a Season: 640 – Christian Ponder, 2016
Josh McCown (MIN) – 517 Attempts (43.08 PG), on pace for 689.3 Pass Attempts
Case Keenum (LA) – 512 Attempts (42.66 PG), on pace for 682.6 Pass Attempts

Pass Completions in a Season: 411 – Kirk Cousins, 2016
Josh McCown (MIN) – 328 Completions (27.33 PG), on pace for 437.3 Completions
Dak Prescott (BIR) – 325 Completions (27.08 PG), on pace for 433.3 Completions
Case Keenum (LA) – 318 Completions (26.5 PG), on pace for 424 Completions
Ryan Fitzpatrick (WSH) – 314 Completions (26.16 PG), on pace for 418 Completions

Pass Yards in a Season: 5,314 – Bo Levi Mitchell, 2016
Jon Jennings (PIT) – 4,266 Pass Yards (355.5 YPG), on pace for 5,688 Pass Yards

Rushes in a Season: 429 – Alfred Morris, 2016
Jordan Howard (NAS) – 377 Rushes (31.41 PG), on pace for 502.6 Rushes
Jay Ajayi (PHI) – 337 Rushes (28.08 PG), on pace for 449.3 Rushes
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 330 Rushes (27.5 PG), on pace for 440 Rushes

Rush Yards in a Season (16 Games): 2,004 – Kevin Barlow, 2008
Rush Yards in a Season (18 Games): 2,605 – Barry Sanders, 2001
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 1,972 (164.33 YPG), on pace for 2,629.3 Rush Yards

Rush Yards by a QB in a Season: 1,241 – Tim Tebow, 2015
Terrelle Pryor (CBS) – 962 (80.16 YPG), on pace for 1,282.6 Rush Yards

Rush TDs in a Season: 22 – Lamar Miller, 2016
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 19 Rush TDs, on pace for 25.3 Rush TDs
Jay Ajayi (PHI) – 16 Rush TDs, on pace for 21.3 Rush TDs

Receptions in a Season: 132 – Luke Tasker, 2016
Kenny Stills (BIR) – 114 Rec (9.5 PG), on pace for 154 Receptions
Julian Edelman (LOU) – 106 Rec (8.8 PG), on pace for 141.3 Receptions

Receiving Yards in a Season (16 Games): 2,059 – Allen Hurns, 2016
Kenny Stills (BIR) – 1,631 Rec Yards (135.9 YPG), on pace for 2,174.6 Rec Yards

Total Offense in a Season: 2,291 – Andre Ellington, 2015
Isaiah Crowell (SEA) – 2,082 Yards (173.5 YPG), on pace for 2,776 Total Yards

Total Pancakes in a Season: 54 – Andrew Whitworth, 2014
Ryan Schraeder (SEA) – 44 (3.66 PPG), on pace for 58.6 Pancakes

Kick Return TDs in a Season: 4 – Steve Smith, 2003
Tyreek Hill (WSH) – 3 KR TDs

Punt Return TDs in a Season: 4 – Trindon Holliday, 2013; Brandon Banks, 2016
Rashad Greene (ORL) – 4 PR TDs
D’Anthony Thomas (MIN) – 3 PR TDs

Yearly Awards Watch List

Barry Sanders Most Valuable Player
1. RB Isaiah Crowell, Seattle Orcas – 1,972 Rush Yards (6.0 YPC), 19 Rush Tds, 19 Rec, 110 rec Yards (5.8 YPC)
2. QB Jon Jennings, Pittsburgh Forge – 297-for-410 (72.4%), 4,266 Pass Yards, 38 Pass Tds, 10 INTs, 268 Rush Yards (6.5 YPC), 3 Rush Tds
3. RB Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Bulldogs – 1,764 Rush Yards (5.2 YPC), 16 Rush Tds, 23 Rec, 95 Rec Yards (4.1 YPC), 1 Rec TD
4. DT Almond Sewell, Orlando Rockets – 27 Tackles, 13 Sacks, 4 Hurries, 1 TFL, 2 PD
5. QB Matt Barkley, Atlanta Firebirds – 250-for-388 (64.4%), 3,211 Pass Yards, 28 Pass Tds, 2 INTs, 32 Rush Yards (1.9 YPC)

Clint Dolezel Offensive Player of the Year
1. QB Jon Jennings, Pittsburgh Forge – 297-for-410 (72.4%), 4,266 Pass Yards, 38 Pass Tds, 10 INTs, 268 Rush Yards (6.5 YPC), 3 Rush Tds
2. RB Isaiah Crowell, Seattle Orcas – 1,972 Rush Yards (6.0 YPC), 19 Rush Tds, 19 Rec, 110 rec Yards (5.8 YPC)
3. QB Dak Prescott, Birmingham Predators – 325-for-458 (71.0%), 3,667 Pass Yards, 26 Pass Tds, 9 INTs, 479 Rush Yards (5.5 YPC), 5 Rush Tds
4. RB Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Bulldogs – 1,764 Rush Yards (5.2 YPC), 16 Rush Tds, 23 Rec, 95 Rec Yards (4.1 YPC), 1 Rec TD
5. WR/RB Tyreek Hill – 58 Rec, 952 Rec Yards (16.4 YPC), 6 Rec Tds, 458 Rush Yards (6.8 YPC), 12 Rush TDs

Antonio banks Defensive Player of the Year
1. DT Almond Sewell, Orlando Rockets – 27 Tackles, 13 Sacks, 4 Hurries, 1 TFL, 2 PD
2. LB Zach Kerr, Seattle Orcas – 32 Tackles, 9 Sacks, 12 Hurries, 5 TFL, 2 PD, 1 FF
3. LB Jeff Knox Jr., Seattle Orcas – 52 Tackles, 6 Sacks, 2 Hurries, 2 TFL, 2 PD
4. FS DaShawn Goldson, Washington Wave – 66 Tackles, 13 PD, 4 INTs
5. DE Jamal Westerman, Los Angeles Stars – 49 Tackles, 9 Sacks, 7 Hurries, 4 TFL, 2 PD, 2 FF

LaDainian Tomlinson Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. QB Dak Prescott, Birmingham Predators – 325-for-458 (71.0%), 3,667 Pass Yards, 26 Pass Tds, 9 INTs, 479 Rush Yards (5.5 YPC), 5 Rush Tds
2. WR/RB Tyreek Hill – 58 Rec, 952 Rec Yards (16.4 YPC), 6 Rec Tds, 458 Rush Yards (6.8 YPC), 12 Rush Tds
3. RB Jordan Howard, Nashville Renegades – 1,678 Rush Yards (4.5 YPC), 6 Rush Tds, 30 Rec, 270 Rec Yards (9.0 YPC)
4. RB Devontae Booker, Pittsburgh Forge – 877 Rush Yards (3.1 YPC), 14 Rush Tds, 37 Rec, 404 Rec Yards (10.9 YPC), 4 Rec Tds
5. RB Jalen Richard, Dallas Six-Shooters – 916 Rush Yards (5.5 YPC), 4 Rush Tds, 30 Rec, 211 Rec Yards (7.0 YPC), 3 Rec Tds

Kirk Morrison Defensive Rookie of the Year
1. FS Brian Poole, Los Angeles Stars – 50 Tackles, 8 PD, 3 INTs
2. DE Dean Lowry, Birmingham Predators – 48 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 8 Hurries, 14 TFL, 1 PD, 2 FF
3. DT David Onyemata, Birmingham Predators – 24 Tackles, 7 Sacks, 5 Hurries, 2 TFL, 1 PD
4. FS Deon Bush, New Orleans Nightmare – 43 Tackles, 4 PD, 3 INTs
5. LB Tyler Matakevich, Houston Wranglers – 41 Tackles, 4 TFL, 1 FF

Trindon Holliday Special Teams Player of the Year
1. RET Tyreek Hill, Washington Wave – 41 KR, 1,292 KR Yards (31.5 YPR), 3 KR Tds, 9 PR, 131 PR Yards (14.6 YPR), 1 PR TD
2. RET Trindon Holliday, Atlanta Firebirds – 37 KR, 1,027 KR Yards (27.8 YPR), 1 KR TD, 26 PR, 298 PR Yards (11.5 YPR), 2 PR Tds
3. RET D’Anthony Thomas, Minnesota Freeze – 42 KR, 1,149 KR Yards (27.4 YPR), 1 KR TD, 41 PR, 682 PR Yards (16.6 YPR), 4 PR Tds
4. RET Rashad Greene, Orlando Rockets – 22 PR, 469 PR Yards (21.3 YPR), 4 PR Tds
5. RET LeGarrett Blount, Omaha Express – 35 KR, 1,197 KR Yards (34.2 YPR), 2 KR Tds

Steve Hutchinson Offensive Lineman of the Year
1. OT Ryan Schraeder, Seattle Orcas – 44 Pancakes, 2 Sacks Allowed, 5 Bad Blocks
2. C Matt Paradis, Philadelphia Bulldogs – 30 Pancakes, 2 Sacks Allowed, 4 Bad Blocks
3. C Richie Incognito, Dallas Six-Shooters – 24 Pancakes, 2 Sacks Allowed, 1 Bad Block
4. OG Todd Herremans, Phoenix Scorpions – 25 Pancakes, 3 Sacks Allowed, 2 Bad Blocks
5. OT David Bakhtiari, Orlando Rockets – 17 Tackles, 0 Sacks Allowed, 1 Bad Block

Jim Zorn Coach of the Year
Dan Campbell, Pittsburgh Forge (1st Year) – 8-4 (Expansion Team)
Ralph Friedgen, Washington Wave (2nd Year) – 7-5 (0-16 in 2016)
Chris Jones, Michigan Stags (3rd Year) – 10-2 (10-6 in 2016)
Jim Zorn, Seattle Orcas (18th Year) – 10-2 (9-7 in 2016)
Mark Hudspeth, Los Angeles Stars (1st Year) – 8-4 (7-9 in 2016)

Week Thirteen Preview

Dallas Six-Shooters @ Columbus Explorers
Columbus can follow a pretty similar formula that Philadelphia uses to pick up a victory against them. The Explorers can run against the Six-Shooters defense and used an athletic, scrambling quarterback to make things worse. Now, Terrelle Pryor is not the quarterback Michael Vick is, which makes it very interesting as well. But while Dallas is coming off a loss, they are the hotter team having won four in a row before that. Columbus has lost four of their last five games.
Pick: Dallas Six-Shooters

Atlanta Firebirds @ Philadelphia Bulldogs
Matt Barkley has emerged as an MVP candidate with a huge surge that has earned the Firebirds three straight wins and six wins in their last seven games. Philadelphia, meanwhile, hasn’t won (or lost) back-to-back games since starting the season 2-0. They are far too inconsistent to pull off this victory, even in the comfort of their own home stadium.
Pick: Atlanta Firebirds

Minnesota Freeze @ Carolina Generals
Can Minnesota keep their winning streak going and make it four in a row? They’ll have a very tough challenge in Carolina, but considering how the Generals are cooling down and how much the legendary Josh McCown has figured it out, it makes this one very unpredictable.
Pick: Minnesota Freeze

Phoenix Scorpions @ Birmingham Predators
Rumors are swirling that Dak Prescott might be benched. That seems crazy, but the Predators staff is not impressed with the interceptions he’s been throwing the past few weeks. Without Prescott, this game is nearly impossible to pick because there are way too many unknowns, but with Prescott, the Predators should be a comfy favorite over Phoenix. The Scorpions may have found a new backfield star in DJ Foster, who controversially started last week over Adrian Peterson. Cardale Jones, though, left something to be desired at the end of his first start.
Pick: Birmingham Predators

New Orleans Nightmare @ Washington Wave
A battle of two teams that need a victories, Tim Tebow was a huge breath of fresh air for the Nightmare, even after a poor start to the game. Washington is having to adjust to win in different ways then they had been this year.
Pick: New Orleans Nightmare

Louisville Cougars @ Nashville Renegades
Coming off a shutout victories the Renegades have to feel pretty good about themselves going into a big rivalry game. Louisville has talent on their team but is missing a lot. The Renegades should be able to feed Jordan Howard and wear down the Cougars defense on their way to this victory.
Pick: Nashville Renegades

Pittsburgh Forge @ San Antonio Marshalls
In this matchup we have two tremendous passing attacks and quarterbacks. What separated Pittsburgh, though, is their running back. San Antonio’s Jacquizz Rodgers isn’t what he used to be. Devontae Booker is having a great rookie season. That probably is the big difference and the deciding factor in this game.
Pick: Pittsburgh Forge

Orlando Rockets @ Houston Wranglers
Anything can happen in a football game, but this is a massive mismatch and should be a big blowout. We’ll still have to see who will be starting at quarterback for Orlando, but it won’t matter if it’s Trevor Harris or Ricky Ray. The Wranglers just don’t have anything that can compete against the Rockets.
Pick: Orlando Rockets

Michigan Stags @ Omaha Express
Another mismatch. We’re excited to see James Callahan, but he’ll be going up against one of the most talented secondaries in the league. Michigan’s ground game will punish the Express defense as well.
Pick: Michigan Stags

Charleston Dragons @ New York Marauders
Vad Lee is going to get his chance to start for the Marauders after a solid showing last week, but Charleston’s defense is a completely different animal. Lee is going to get a big welcome to the pro level by a tough-as-nails unit that has shut down the very best offenses in the league.
Pick: Charleston Dragons

Los Angeles Stars @ Seattle Orcas
Seattle will pretty much wrap up the division with a victory in this one, but if we’ve learned anything about the Stars it’s that they won’t go away. What’s great for them is their running game has emerged recently, but can their defense hold up against the Orcas run game? Probably not.
Pick: Seattle Orcas

League News

San Diego expansion secured

After a long search for an owner for a fourth expansion team, the SFL has killed two birds with one stone. Not only have they found an opener for a fourth expansion team to even out the league at 26 teams in 2018, but they will be expanding to San Diego, a city the NFL left and the SFL had been pushing to move back into.

Tim Unglesbee, who was an owner in the SFL once before, announced his return to the league and that he will bring back the San Diego Diablos franchise, also securing a fourth team in the Pacific Division.

Jefcoat taking over Minnesota full time

Carlton Jefcoat saved the Los Angeles Stars until they found new ownership in Eric Murray last year. This year, Jefcoat is saving the Minnesota Freeze, at least for the time being. Jefcoat was running the Freeze temporarily after Rick Sullivan left the team. This week Jefcoat announced he will remain with the franchise on a permanent basis. However, the league is still considering the option of folding the Freeze franchise and moving to a city that better suits the league’s mission to serve in cities that do not have NFL franchises in them. There are no other details on the potential contraction of Minnesota. At this time, Jefcoat has brought stability to the franchise that has been in turmoil for the last two seasons.

Nashville nearing Memphis move

Memphis was a host city for an SFL team for the first nine years of the league’s history. However, for the last nine years Nashville has been the city in Tennessee that has hosted a franchise. This offseason the Nashville Renegades’ contract with Nissan Stadium is up and the organization is close to completing a move to Memphis. SFL rules declare nine of their 13 owners must approve a team’s move. The last known vote count was 8-1 in favor of the move. Four owners have yet to cast a vote.