More than halfway into a new era of indoor football, the Rattlers lead the league in attendance, and majority owner Ron Shurts doesn’t have to worry about footing the bill for floundering teams.
The only down side of being in the Indoor Football League so far is not dominating like they did in their final six seasons in the Arena Football League, reaching the championship game five times and winning it three times.
Coach and general manager Kevin Guy says this season reminds him of his first in Arizona, in 2008, when he tore up the Rattlers roster and began a rebuilding process. That team went 8-8 before losing to Grand Rapids in a wild-card playoff game.
The IFL Rattlers are 5-4, and only picked up their second home win in five tries in last week’s 64-29 rout of the Green Bay Blizzard.
Guy’s worst record since 2010 was 13-5 and that 2012 team was the first of a string of three ArenaBowl championships.
Last year, the IFL put in a rule restricting rosters. Teams can only have seven players with three or more years of IFL and AFL experience. The lack of restrictions on what defenses can do in the IFL also has been a neutralizer.
“The difference to me when you look at it is the rules,” Guy said. “The rules put us in a situation where we’ve got more parity. In the Arena League, everybody built their teams the same way. The plays are very similar, the restrictions on defense… Read the whole store HERE
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