UFL, Marty Kickoff Delayed Season

The next chapter in Marty Schottenheimer’s football life will be on display tonight in Omaha, as the United Football League kicks off its delayed 2011 season.

Marty’s Virginia Destroyers will face the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL’s first game of the season. They face off at 7 o’clock at TD Ameritrade Park. Unfortunately, there’s no live television coverage of the game. But for anybody that just has to know and would like to listen, here’s a link to the Destroyers radio broadcast in the Norfolk area. In the Omaha area, there’s a broadcast on KOZN-AM 1620.

Schottenheimer’s team is a first-year operation, with the remnants of last year’s Florida Tuskers team and additional players that have been added in the last month. The Destroyers, like the rest of the league, was supposed to start in early August, but financial difficulties in the league pushed the start time back. They’ve had just 15 practices.

Familiar names on Mart’s squad include his top running backs, Dominic Rhodes and Adrian Peterson. No, not that Adrian Peterson; it’s the other back with the same name who spent time with the Bears. Rhodes played most of his NFL career with the Colts.

Virginia’s QB is journeyman Chris Greisen who played his college ball at Northwest Missouri State.

Omaha will be using a new, up-tempo, spread offense that will use mobile quarterbacks. The Nighthawks will use two QBs: 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch and Jeremiah Masoli.

“The type of offense they’re running is something I’m not familiar with,” Marty said. “I think it’s an exciting concept and we’ve spent a great deal of time in studying and trying to understand the principles of option football and the role the quarterback plays in that offense.

“For pro football, it’s a new principle and concept, and I think it’s going to pose difficulties for the teams that will have to face it.”

Other familiar names among the league’s four teams in Sacramento, Las Vegas, Omaha and Virginia include: former Chiefs CB Ricardo Colclough (Omaha), WR Eddie Drummond (Las Vegas), LB Kris Griffin (Las Vegas) and WR Samie Parker (Las Vegas).

One Response to “UFL, Marty Kickoff Delayed Season”

  • September 15, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Good luck Marty and all the best! Many of my fondest Chiefs memories are from Marty’s tenure. Let’s hope we can get that electric energy back at Arrowhead in the near future.

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