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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Articles tagged: Atlanta Legends

Watch: Atlanta Legends convert onside kick with thrilling play

AAF conversion

The AAF is utilizing some rules that differ from the NFL, including how kickoffs and onside kicks are attempted. There are no kickoffs; teams start with the ball at the 25. Since there are no kickoffs, there are also no onside kicks. However, they have a rule that allows teams the chance to go for an onside conversion under circumstances. If a team is down by 17 or more points, or trailing with five or fewer minutes left in the game, they can attempt an onside conversion following a touchdown with a 4th-and-12 play from their 28-yard line.

The Atlanta Legends went for one of these onside conversion attempts during their game against the Birmingham Iron on Sunday. They were able to convert thanks to a long pass play:

Atlanta still lost the game 28-12, but that was one heck of a way to try and close the margin.

Traditional onside kicks are fun plays, and so is this one. The big change from the AAF that I love is forcing teams to attempt 2-point conversions after touchdowns rather than extra points. And in case you missed it, Trent Richardson has been a touchdown machine for the Iron.

This AAF uniform matchup had fans so confused

Atlanta San Diego AAF

The AAF is in its second week of play and has received a strong reception among sports fans, with many appreciating the improvements they’ve made from the NFL. But one area where the league failed was the uniform matchup in Sunday’s San Diego Fleet-Atlanta Legends game.

Atlanta’s colors are purple and yellow, while San Diego’s are black and yellow. The gold in the Legends’ pants and the yellow socks worn by the Fleet made things all the more confusing.

The uniform combination led to many of the same observations from fans:

Please tell the league they should spring for some away jerseys so we can avoid situations like this. It was not pleasant to watch on TV, and probably was difficult for the quarterbacks trying to target teammates.

Atlanta Legends refute report that Mike Vick quit team

Michael Vick

There is already some significant turnover within the coaching staff for the Atlanta Legends of the new Alliance of American Football League.

On Tuesday, former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress left his position as the head coach of the Legends. Football Scoop reported that a day later, offensive coordinator Mike Vick left the team. However, the Legends said that Vick remained with the team at their training camp.

Vick’s status is something to watch. Keep in mind that this would be his first coaching job.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle replaced Childress as the team’s head coach. The AAF is set to begin play next month. They have a 10-game regular season schedule.