The 2013 Orlando Predators are making the Miami Marlins look like a well-run franchise. The perennial Arena Football League power is now the laughingstock of indoor football. Head coach Doug Plank was supposed to return the team to championship contention, but instead, the team’s third different coach in three years has the team sitting at 2-8.
Here’s a timeline of what’s gone wrong:
January – The team announces Predators Performance Guarantee. This is from the team’s press release: “If the Predators fail to win at least 10 games in each season, we will give our season ticket holders a purchase credit, which could possibly award a full 100% reimbursement, towards future season tickets.” What seemed like a publicity stunt is now going to cost the team money.
April – After starting the year 0-4, quarterback Kyle Rowley is arrested for DUI and resisting arrest without violence. According to the police report, Rowley was “passed out” in his SUV. He was also the spokesman in the “guarantee” commercials and on the billboards all over Central Florida.
May – Preds make change at quarterback, starting 42-year-old Aaron Garcia. This looked like a good move after back-to-back wins, but Orlando has since dropped three in a row. Garcia has already committed 8 turnovers. His acting skills could also use some work, as evidenced by his performance in this commercial.