San Antonio Brahmas 2023 XFL Season Recap
If only the San Antonio Brahmas had a quarterback! Hines Ward was forced to swallow a bitter pill in his coaching debut in San Antonio. His offense was nothing if not an unmitigated disaster from Week 1 moving forward. The unit had no issue moving the pigskin up and down the field on the St. Louis Battlehawks in its season debut, but was forced to settle for way too many field goals with the offense proving to be allergic to scoring touchdowns. Shocking considering the explosive offenses Ward was a part of while a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Its inability to put 6s on the board instead of 3s ultimately saw the team struggle in producing three overall wins and a 4-5-1 record versus the closing XFL odds at the online sportsbook. It was a shame too considering how dominant San Antonio proved to be on the other side of the ball with Delontae Scott and co. ranking out as one of the best defenses in the league across the board.
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San Antonio Brahmas 2023 Season Recap
San Antonio was expected to be a middling team at the outset of the 2023 XFL betting season with linemakers opening their odds to win the championship at +550. Before escaping with the 25-23 must-have win over Orlando in Week 9, their odds clocked in at 30-1. Then the following week against D.C., the Brahmas offered up a 24-1 return to win it all. In Falling to the Defenders, San Antonio saw its playoff dreams come crashing down which allowed Arlington to secure the bid with a sub .500 record. Shockingly, the team’s inability to win games in The Alamodome ultimately prevented it from marching onto the second season. Even though it possessed one of the best home field advantages in the league, the Brahmas were only able to grant their rabid fan base with a single win through five tries. Losing to the Renegades by a 12-10 final count in Week 5 ultimately proved to be the death knell.
Jack Coan was the ringleader of an uninspiring quarterback room. While he’d go on to complete 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,471 yards and six touchdowns, he also threw six interceptions and his 76.1 QB rating was the lowest of all quarterbacks with at least seven starts. The passing attack was simply impotent under his guidance with it averaging a league-worst 166.9 yards per game (No. 8) while averaging a laughable 5.57 yards per attempt (No. 8). WR Landen Akers led the team in receiving with an average of 50.5 yards in only six games, but he failed to reel in a single touchdown. Pass protection also proved to be a major issue with the Brahmas front wall conceding 26 overall sacks (No. 6). Early on it looked like San Antonio would boast a solid rushing attack, but the early season-ending injury to Kalen Ballage put a kibosh to that. While RB Jacques Patrick logged the second most rushing yards in the XFL (443), he only averaged 3.85 yards per carry which found the Brahmas bringing up the rear in averaging a league-worst 79.4 yards per game at 3.45 yards per carry (No. 8).
As bad it was on the offensive side of the ball, San Antonio brought it defensively with DC Jim Hermann’s troops ranking No. 5 against the run and No. 2 against the pass. The Brahmas were one of five teams to concede fewer than 4.0 yards per carry, and allowed a league-low five rushing touchdowns. The pass defense was something else with Luqman Barcoo and Tenny Adewusi making waves enough to the point that the NFL will likely come a calling this offseason. The secondary conceded 187.4 yards per game – second behind only Houston – while limiting opposing quarterbacks to the second-lowest rating in the XFL. Only the Roughnecks and Sea Dragons conceded fewer points per game than that of the Brahmas 18.3 points per game allowed. On top of that, San Antonio logged the third most sacks in the league with Scott’s 7.5 two off the pace of league-leader Trent Harris (9.5). This unit brought it every passing week. It’s a shame it had to carry all the weight of the defunct offense for 10 straight weeks.
2023 San Antonio Brahmas Season Schedule
|vs. St. Louis BattleHawks
|at Orlando Guardians
|at Houston Roughnecks
|at Seattle Sea Dragons
|vs. Arlington Renegades
|at Arlington Renegades
|at Vegas Vipers
|vs. Houston Roughnecks
|vs. Orlando Guardians
|vs. D.C. Defenders
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