The San Antonio Brahmas are ready to rock and roll in the new United Football League this season. Under the leadership of former Roughnecks coach Wade Phillips, the Brahmas will feature an adjusted look this year.
BREAKING: In another turn of events, the San Antonio Brahmas have a new coach.
Per sources, Hines Ward is out. Wade Phillips, formerly with the @XFLRoughnecks, is lined up to take over as Head Coach of the @XFLBrahmas.
Over the past couple of months, Phillips and his new staff have comprised a talented roster, one that potentially features several standout signal callers.
Let’s take a look at each quarterback currently rostered, and what they bring to the table ahead of training camp.
Jack Coan is the only remaining quarterback on the San Antonio Brahmas roster from last season, with the exception of Benkert who joined the team late. Coan was the primary starter for San Antonio in 2023, when the team went 3-7 with HC Hines Ward at the helm.
Jack started in 7 of 8 games played in 2023, throwing for 1,471 yards and six touchdowns, alongside six interceptions. Coan had some rough moments throughout the year, as the offense really struggled to find their rhythm for large chunks of the season.
That being said, Coan found his footing down the stretch, throwing for over 300 yards in both of his final two games. After an up and down tenure in the XFL last year, Jack brings depth to the quarterback room – but, it’s hard to imagine him winning the starting job with some of the other talent acquired.
With the first pick in the UFL Super Draft, the Brahmas secured Quinten Dormady, who formerly played with the Orlando Guardians.
Quinten needs no introduction, as he was part of one of the biggest stories during the XFL season: getting cut for allegedly sharing playbooks with other teams.
One of my favorite @XFL2023 stories from this past weekend: Quinten Dormady.
Despite such strange circumstances – and a controversial few weeks – @qdormady came back and posted 256 yards, alongside two TD's on 22/25 passing. Impressive stuff. #XFLpic.twitter.com/6wqhkf9i4p
After that dust settled, Dormady came back to Orlando and ended up seeing some really impressive moments. He was great in their loss to Vegas in week five, and ultimately led the team to their first win – shocking DC in a 37-36 shootout. Dormady was responsible for six scores that game.
Quinten finished the year with 1,507 passing yards and 10 TD’s in seven outings (four starts), completing 68% of his passes.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Dormady though. In their week eight loss against Arlington, he turned the ball over five times, which resulted in the Guardians being eliminated from postseason contention.
Given the amount of players that the Brahmas picked up who were formerly with Orlando (i.e. Cody Latimer, K.D. Cannon), Quinten certainly seems like a safe choice for someone who could absolutely start this year, especially given the spring football experience he already has.
General Manager Marc Lillibridge made sure to pick up some NFL-caliber talent in UFL free agency, following the dispersal drafts. The team signed Chase Garbers, who has spent the last couple of years with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Garbers played his college football at California. He had an excellent career there, posting 6,576 yards and 50 touchdowns, helping lead the team to the postseason in 2019.
He was picked up on the Raiders practice squad in 2022, and remained with the team through the 2023 preseason. Chase threw for 57 yards and a touchdown this past fall with Las Vegas.
Now, he’ll turn to spring football – and truthfully, should be in a position to win the starting job. Chase is one of the most accomplished signal callers in the league, having spent the last two years in the NFL.
Tom Flacco is another name to watch closely in training camp. Flacco was originally picked up by the Houston Roughnecks when Wade Phillips & Co. were still there, but now makes the move to San Antonio to provide competition in the quarterback room.
What makes Tom so intriguing is his dual threat capabilities. Flacco racked up over 6,000 passing yards at Towson during his final two years, and also rushed for over 1,000 yards across that span.
He feels like the exact type of prospect that the UFL is looking for, so we’ll see if he can fit AJ Smith’s offensive scheme. Flacco, to an extent, has similar characteristics to both Brandon Silvers and Cole McDonald, who were the two primary passers with the Roughnecks last year.
While Kurt Benkert was protected by the Brahmas, it seems unlikely that he’ll be making it to training camp with the team.
Kurt originally decided not to play in the XFL last year, but then ended up joining San Antonio late as they needed QB help. He performed well in limited minutes, but suffered a rib injury in his first start, and was knocked out for the rest of the season.
Benkert is well known in the football scene, having spent years with the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. If he does decide to play, he would be a top prospect in the room, no doubt. Unfortunately, with each passing day, it’s becoming less and less likely that we will see him in the UFL this year.
The good news for San Antonio Brahmas fans: this quarterback room is full of high quality talent. Wade Phillips and Marc Lillibridge have constructed a strong roster, one that should be capable of doing some serious damage this year.
It’s also worth noting that the team has moved on from three quarterbacks so far throughout the merger and dispersal process, including: TJ Edwards, Matthew McKay, and Reid Sinnett.
As training camp approaches quickly with coaches reporting on the 19th, and players on the 23rd-24th, things are about to heat up in Texas.
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