The Legends Football League, formerly known as the Lingerie Football League, is introducing players from different LFL leagues to new audiences as part of an effort to build a global brand. That effort continues this week when Jayne Caldwell and Tai Emery, both veterans of the Queensland Brigade of LFL Australia, visit Atlanta to observe a few of the Steam practices and talk strategy, conditioning and practice routine with Dane Robinson, Atlanta's first-year coach.
The Brigade got off to a rough start in the inaugural LFL Australia season last year which led to league wide criticism of both the preparation and dedication of not only the players, but the coaches as well. After the Brigade dropped to 0-2 after a 41-0 “massacre” at the hands of Western Australia, LFL360.com (LFL Global website) gave the following evaluation of the Queensland performance:
“Queensland actually looked worse than they did on opening night vs. NSW (New South Whales). This result was somewhat inevitable as word of players missing considerable practice time, as well as not being in football-shape, surfaced. There seems to be an overall lack of discipline within this Brigade side, with no leadership from players or coaches. There is poor technique on both sides of the ball as even a 5 yard bubble screens became an adventure for Queensland, and Jayne Caldwell threw more interceptions than completions in the 1st half.”
The Brigade bounced back, winning their final two games to post a 2-2 mark for the season, but hope to avoid a slow start to next season as a result of poor preparation. Jayne and Tai will observe how Robinson goes about running the Steam practice and his conditioning program.
Dakota Hughes, Atlanta’s recently turned 19-year old rookie quarterback, will be able to pick up some valuable game situation knowledge from Caldwell while the visitor’s from down under are sure to pick up some things from Robinson’s very structured practice and training regimen.
The Steam will begin the defense of the Southeastern Division title they earned in their inaugural season when they travel to Toledo to play the Crush on Saturday, May 10.
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