Anthony Blevins Hired For XFL Vegas Vipers Head Coach | Birmingham Stallions John Chavis

Birmingham Stallions Lose DC John Chavis, Add Anthony Blevins

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Birmingham Stallions. After losing their first game in over a year, Stallions head coach Skip Holtz confirmed today that defensive coordinator John Chavis is no longer with the team in an interview with Birmingham radio station WJOX 94.5.

“He had a minor issue, went into the hospital, missed the game two weeks ago, came back out, was here for a couple days, and just felt like he needed to go home.”

Holtz went on to say: “John is healthy. John is in good spirits. Thoughts are with him constantly. There is nobody in this game that I have more respect for, or love, or think that he has done an unbelievable job and I wish he was here. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out through some extenuating circumstances.”

Stallions secondary coach Corey Chamblin has been promoted to defensive coordinator for the remainder of the season. To help the defense out, Skip has also hired Anthony Blevins as a defensive assistant.

Blevins name might ring a bell to spring football followers and Birmingham natives. Blevins was slated to become the Vegas Vipers head coach after Rod Woodson stepped away from the team after his one season as head coach. With the Vipers being folded in the XFL-USFL merger, Blevins found himself out of work. He now returns to spring football with the Stallions.

This will be a homecoming of sorts for Blevins, who is from Birmingham. After finishing high school, Blevins played college football at UAB. He went on to play for both the Birmingham Steeldogs in the AF2 and the Birmingham Thunderbolts in the 2001 XFL.

Final Thoughts

“It’s not an ideal situation when you are eight games into the season and you are having to replace your defensive coordinator,” Holtz said in his interview. That seems like an understatement, especially when that coordinator is someone of Chavis’s stature and tenure with the team.

It remains to be seen how the Stallions will respond to the growing adversity they face with only one week remaining until the postseason.

Something worth noting: sources had told Pro Football Newsroom, weeks prior to this news breaking, that Anthony Blevins was on UFL payroll due to the Merger leaving Blevins without a job, just months after he accepted the Vegas Vipers HC position. This could be why Birmingham opted to bring him in – he was already being paid.

What are your thoughts on John Chavis leaving the Birmingham Stallions? Will Anthony Blevins and Corey Chamblin get the job done? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!

  1. I’m a staunch supporter of the USL and particularly the Birmingham Stallions.

    This allegiance originated from my up close , day to day exposure to the USFL’s resurgence.

    I’m met John Chavis the man and admired his work ethic and dedication to the enhancement of young men.

    With Coach Chavis as defensive coordinator, that side of the ball was never a concern.

    At this juncture, his health and well being, is paramount. His absence unfortunately will most definitely be felt.

    Best wishes Birmingham Stallions, giddy up !!!!!

  2. I don’t think so they lost the game 1st week after John Chavis had left well see in the future how it goes but they need John Chavis back

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