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The final weekend of the 2023 USFL regular season has arrived. And playoff pressure is on full blast.
In the North Division, the Philadelphia/Michigan loser is eliminated. If Philadelphia wins, the Stars clinch the North Division title. If Michigan wins, the Panthers clinch a playoff berth. The New Jersey/Pittsburgh winner will clinch a playoff spot. Also, the winner clinches the North Division title if Philadelphia loses. The New Jersey/Pittsburgh loser is eliminated.
In the South Division, Birmingham will clinch the South Division title with a win OR New Orleans loss. New Orleans will clinch the South Division with a win AND a Birmingham loss. New Orleans will clinch a playoff spot with a win. If Houston beats New Orleans and Memphis beats Birmingham, three teams (New Orleans, Memphis, and Houston) will finish 6-4 and 3-3 in the division and go to tiebreakers for the second playoff spot.
The Playoff Tiebreaker Scenarios are as follows:
If, at the end of the 10-week regular season, two or more teams in the same division finish with identical won-lost records, the following tiebreakers will be used to determine playoff berths:
Best won-lost percentage in games played within the division
Strength of victory (aggregate won-lost percentage of teams defeated)
Best net points in all games
Best net touchdowns in all games
Todd Haley was once a hot coaching brand. Haley made his fame as the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2008. That final season in Arizona, the Cardinals made the Super Bowl and nearly won it in a close call against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a result, the Kansas City Chiefs called on Haley to become their head coach for the 2009 season.
When Haley arrived at KC, the Chiefs underwent a massive rebuild. Yet by his second season, Haley led the Chiefs to a 10-6 record and the AFC West Division title. However, Kansas City could not sustain momentum and fell back to a 5-8 start in 2011, costing Haley his job.
Following his firing by the Chiefs, Haley served as offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2012 through 2017. He then held the same position for the Cleveland Browns in 2018.
Haley has taken his share of criticism for being a more aggressive type of coach than his contemporaries. Thus, the USFL offers Haley the chance to soften his edges while showing off his offensive prowess. It is a potential path back to the NFL.
Last year the team now known as the Memphis Showboats was the Tampa Bay Bandits. One of the biggest advantages of the change is that the Showboats will have a home venue. Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis was previously known as the Liberty Bowl.
Last year Todd Haley was the head coach of the Bandits. Haley returns to that role with the newly formed Showboats. All remaining Tampa Bay players will make the move to Memphis.
Haley said the biggest thing is being in Memphis and having actual home games. Haley was impressed at his first visit, which included unveiling the new uniforms and the team. FedEx founder Fred Smith was on hand, which was a thrill for Haley. Haley was wowed that everyone was excited.
Haley said that with everything being in Birmingham last year, teams got excited when they played the Birmingham Stallions because they knew there would be a lot of fans there. But they were rooting for the other team. Halkey added that to be in Memphis and the Liberty Bowl, with the excitement that everyone is feeling, is special. Haley said the Showboats are thrilled to be able to play many games in the Liberty Bowl with fans supporting them.
The USFL and city leaders have announced that the iconic Memphis Showboats have returned to Bluff City. Officials reached an agreement for the Memphis Showboats to play the USFL 2023 season at historic Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, home of the 1980s team that featured Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White.
“We’re home,” said Daryl Johnston, USFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “The Showboats return to Memphis for the 2023 season. The USFL appreciates the tremendous support and commitment from the City of Memphis, Mayor Jim Strickland, and countless other community leaders for bringing professional football back to the Bluff City.”
Alex Collins became the first true freshman in SEC history to rush for 300 yards in his first three games at Arkansas in 2013. He finished with 1,026 on 190 carries, earning SEC Freshman of the Year. After ending his career at Arkansas in 2015, he played five years in the NFL and will be a welcome addition to Todd Haley’s backfield.
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