My XFL plan

With the reports that the XFL will return around 2022-2023, I’ve decided to give my take on what the new XFL should do.


Dany Garcia (left) and The Rock (right) pose as the new owners of the once cancelled football league.

Maddox Greenberg, Staff Writer

Last year, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and a group of investors (Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale) bought the XFL from Johnson’s former boss, Vince McMahon, who used to run the XFL back in 2001 and again in 2020.  The consortium of The Rock, Garcia, and Cardinale (along with a few others) are going with the idea of second chances.  And with that, I got a few ideas as to what the new XFL should do.


The Players and Coaches


Thinking of second chances, I think it would be good for the new XFL to include NCAA Division II and Division III players on the rosters.  It is hard for anyone to make it to the NFL, especially from Division 2 and 3 schools.  However, players like Patriots safety Kyle Dugger (Division 2’s Lenoir-Rhyne), Buccaneers offensive lineman Alex Cappa (Division 2’s Humboldt State), and Broncos 2021 third-round pick offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz (Division 3’s Wisconsin-Whitewater) have made it.  Put these Division II and III players on a national stage like Fox Sports 1 and ESPN, which will really help catch the NFL’s and CFL‘s(Canadian Football League) attention.  Perhaps also have recently cut NFL players and free agents (who haven’t been signed by a team in six years *wink*wink*).  Do the same for coaches, such as recently cut coaches or coaches from Division II and III schools who want to be on a national stage.


The Rules


What made the XFL back in 2020 unique was it had different set of rules and difference ways for scoring points.  I think they should keep some and lose some.  For example, keep the rule for catching: control of the ball before it touches the ground with one foot in bounds acceptable (compared to the NFL allowing two-feet) and the kickoff/punt-off when only the kicker/punter and the retriever move until the retriever catches the ball, then all of the other players move for play (making it safer for all players).  But the rules they should lose are as followed: be less strict on the double forward pass (instead of the first pass behind the line of scrimmage. This will encourage wilder and more exciting plays), no overtimes-just a target score once the 4th quarter begins, allow 2, 3 and 4 PAT (points after touchdown) and no longer allow 1 PAT and, even though not a rule, no tight ends in the league, only wide receivers.  The reason why no tight ends is because tight ends are simply bigger receivers. Their job is to block and catch when need be.  Wide receivers are more agile and fast. Any players pursuing to play tight end will be moved to wide receiver for the time being.


The Team and Jerseys


Lastly, the teams and jerseys. The teams should be affiliated with NFL teams (I’ll explain more about this next week).  Let local businesses sponsor the teams.  This will help with financial problems (something Vince’s XFL and other football leagues know all too well).  As for the jerseys, they should be relaxed.  Now that the NFL has done it, let the XFL players do the same.  Let an offensive lineman be #12 instead on #62 and have a running back go back to his college number #3.  Even include a 100-number there, too!  This will give players the freedom to choose whatever number they want—and to give them college football vibes (which could help their mindset and possibly play better).


I honestly think this could work for the XFL.  I, for one, know what the XFL felt like last year—the vibes, the excitement, the new league.  Fans did, too! Spring football; who wouldn’t want that?!  The players had fun, the commentators and reporters had fun, the fans had fun, and even Carl had fun!  If the XFL could strike a deal with either the CFL (tried once but will try again in the near future) or the NFL, the XFL could solve the money crisis.  They could be the NFL’s developmental league.  Now tell me, who would not like that?