The NFL and AAF are supposed to have a good working relationship. Besides being a great experimental lab for rules, technology, and other important aspects of professional football, the league gives players, officiating crews, and coaches another platform on which to display their talents. Never did fans see the spy-like moves of Tuesday coming.
Leave it to Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers to get an excellent defensive assistant and at the same time, give an assist to the “beasts of the East” and in-state compadres, the Orlando Apollos, by hiring Lori Locust away from the 2nd-place Birmingham Iron. The Iron are down one defensive coach, the race in the east is just warming up, and the Buccaneers got a top-notch coach—win/win.
Adding Locust to Todd Bowles’ defensive staff as well as Maral Javadifar to the strength and conditioning krewe, the Buccaneers didn’t just light a fire. They blazed a trail. Finding talent was one of the most intriguing aspects of the new football league. Now when the first place Apollos (5-1) meet the second place Birmingham Iron (4-2) just a few weeks from now in Orlando, we will have another angle to work on for the game besides a possible battle for division bragging rights. We will have “coach gate!”
Things are just getting better and better for fans of football.