Colorado Ice announces new coaching staff

coloradoiceA new season is just around the corner and some games were already played in Las Vegas, with plenty of fans storming the arena. The bulk of games will start soon and Colorado Ice has high expectations for the season, after changing almost completely their coaching staff. Heron O’Neal made the announcement one week ago and Colorado fans were thrilled to hear that Marcus Pearson, Brian Arndt and Rico Ochoa have extended their contracts with the team.

These three coaches helped O’Neal a lot over the last couple of seasons and they have a special relation with the players, which makes them a powerful team. Losing any of them would’ve been a serious blow, but despite receiving tempting offers from other teams they chose to stay in Denver. They will be joined by Jimmie Kaylor and Anthoney Hill, both of them bringing loads of experience for a team that struggled to maintain momentum in 2013.

The head coach announced the roles that each new coach will play in the team, with Arndt to serve as the Assistant Defensive Coordinator and Special Teams coach. Coach Hill will act as the Assistant Offensive Coordinator while Ochoa will be in charge of the defensive and offensive lines as he did one season ago. They have some bold plans for the Ice and the best thing is that the head coach completely agrees with them and is willing to give them a chance to translate their theories into reality.

These coaches have a background in high school football and their records speak for themselves, something that cannot be said about all minor-league football coaches. In addition to bringing new coaches and extending the contracts of existing ones, Colorado also promoted Marcus Pearson to Director of Recruiting. 2014 promises to be a very difficult year for all the teams in the Indoor Football League but these inspired changes made by the Colorado Ice should give them a fighting chance this season.

Fever and Titans strengthen their teams

footballTri-Cities walked down a bumpy road last season, with the first half being particularly difficult for the Fever, but everything improved once Quarterback Dante Warren joined the team. He proved to be exactly the type of player that they needed to turn around a season that was clearly heading into the wrong direction. He rushed almost 600 yards, completed 28 passing touchdowns and passed for a massive 472 yards, which makes him an invaluable player for the Fever.

Not surprising, the team chose to re-sign him at the end of the season and having him on the field from the very first game in 2014 should help their cause. One quality player can’t possibly change everything, but that’s why Tri-Cities also re-signed two essential players in their rotation, namely kicker Brady Beeson and wide receiver D.A Allen. Both of them were acquired at the beginning of the last season and did a fine job for the Fever, so it is only fair to say that they’ve earned their place in the starting formation.

Elsewhere, the Cedar Rapids Titans made a similar move by re-signing LaRon Council, the running back player who featured in the All-IFL in 2013. He is one of the best players on his position with roughly 2300 rushing yards, within striking distance of Darius Fudge. Council received overwhelming support in the last two seasons for the title of First Team All-IFL performer and given the strong ground attack that the Titans muster, he has a good chance of overtaking Darius in 2014.

Compared to 2012, the recently ended season was not as impressive for LaRon, but only because the previous year was tremendous. He broke several IFN records and set new ones that still stand but unfortunately for him he suffered an Achilles injury that brought his remarkable season to a screeching halt. He didn’t get to play more than 12 games but if he won’t have any fitness concerns in 2014, Council should help his team win the United Bowl.

Re-signing him was a powerful move, but the Titans now that they need more than one player to claim the title recently earned by Sioux Falls. That’s why they chose to re-sign wide receiver Bryan Pray, one of the most experienced players in the league who has a couple of records of his own. He stands out from the crowd in terms of catches and played in virtually every single game, even when slightly injured.

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