The commissioner of the XFL, Oliver Luck, joins Doc and Galdi to further promote the re-launch of the XFL. The XFL’s first game features D.C.’s own DC Defenders, squaring off against the Jim Zorn coached Seattle Dragons next Saturday, February 8th at Audi Field @ 2pm. ABC will have the coverage.
Luck is extremely excited for the re-launch and thinks the league and teams are as ready as they’re going to get.
“Vince McMahon, the founder of our league, was really able to give us the time to really prepare, in terms of the runway to hire coaches, to hire assistant coaches, football ops staff, have a draft, have a supplemental draft, do mini camp three weeks in December, do training camp. We wanted to make sure teams had adequate time to get a team to gel.”
Luck tells Doc and Galdi that the XFL has innovations put in place that will make the league a little different than the NFL, but yet still exciting. He and Vince McMahon know that it’ll take time for fans to get used to the style of play and the brand itself, but reassures us that they are in this for the long haul.
Safety has been a major topic in the NFL, so Doc and Galdi ask how Luck and the XFL will ensure the safety of its players.
“We’re going to be sticklers in terms of helmet-to-helmet, crown of the helmet, and all that sort of stuff,” Luck stated.
He also revealed that there will be changes on punt units, where the gunners are held at the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked, which will give the punt returner two to three extra seconds to field the ball. Luck hopes this change will reduce concussions.
Luck also discusses if the XFL and NFL will partner in the near future and how involved Vince McMahon, the owner of the XFL, has been with the league.