It’s week 4 in the XFL, and yet again the Tampa Bay Vipers are in headlines again with another QB controversy. Earlier at a press conference this week Coach Marc Trestman announced that fan favorite QB Quinton Flowers has left the team due to “personal reasons”, naming Taylor Cornelius the starter. Rumors been going around that Flowers actually asked the team for his release due to his lack of playing time and usage in the offense.
As a die hard fan of the Vipers I will always put the team first despite my love for the hometown QB. It sucks that his status is up in the air but now as fans we must encourage the players that are on the field. I will try to keep my booing of Taylor Cornelius to a minimum. Maybe after a week of actually getting first team reps he will be more accurate with his receivers. A QB’s ability to have a rhythm with his receivers and backs is the key to a successful offense. We have the receiving and talent at RB with two of our backs ranking in the top 5 in rushing yards with De’Veon Smith racking up 174 yards and Jacques Patrick with 123 yards.
With our XFL East rival DC Defenders coming into the Viper’s Pit this Sunday the time to strike is now with a must win feel surrounding the game. The team must avoid an 0-4 start. A win vs DC will put the team back on the right track giving us a chance to still get the final play off spot in the East. DC is coming off a 39-9 loss to the LA Wildcats a winless team prior to the game.
I would hate to see a shift in the fan base due to the departure of Flowers. Yes we still have Murray but I have little faith in him based on his week one performance and injury ridden season. With the addition of S.J. Green into the offense this week I hope Coach Trestman can get a huge spark in momentum bringing the team our first win in franchises history. If not the season is pretty much lost and we will be looking for a new QB and new HC once offseason hits.