San Antonio officially back in the game: Hines Ward to coach city’s XFL team

XFL San Antonio head coach Hines Ward (center) talks to fans in Arlington when the league announced its 2023 teams on Sunday, July 24, 2022. (photo via XFL on YouTube)
XFL San Antonio head coach Hines Ward (center) talks to fans in Arlington when the league announced its 2023 teams on Sunday, July 24, 2022. (photo via XFL on YouTube)
It will be four years from the time the San Antonio Commanders made their debut in the AAF in 2019 until the city’s new team kicks off the 2023 XFL season in February.

The XFL officially announced on Sunday that San Antonio is one of eight teams that will be part of the league when it resumes action. The season opens Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023.

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward will be San Antonio’s head coach.

Ward made his first order of business stirring up the in-state rivalries. Arlington and Houston will also have teams in XFL 2023.

“I’m know how competitive Texas is so I’m going to put it out there right now, go San Antonio! We will bring home the Texas state title.”

“The state of Texas is so passionate about football,” Ward said. “I’m know how competitive Texas is so I’m going to put it out there right now, go San Antonio! We will bring home the Texas state title. …

“When we come here to Arlington, we go to Houston, I want to hear all the boos because I guarantee when you’re in the Alamodome, we’re going to boo the crap out of yourself too.”

When the Commanders played in the AAF in the spring of 2019, Ward served as that league’s director of player development.

Ward is best known from his 13 seasons as an NFL receiver, including two appearances in the Super Bowl. He is the Steelers all-time leader in receptions. He was most recently the wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic University. He was also an assistant coach with the New York Jets and interviewed for the Houston Texans head coaching job.

Ward envisions the XFL bringing the fans a closer look at what goes on within the teams as the games happen.

“At the end of the day the fans, they want transparency” Ward said. “They want to see the connection that the coaches have with the players. They want to hear the dialog that goes on. They want to go behind enemy lines, what really goes on and hear the conversations.

“They want to see that engagement between the coaches and the players. Hopefully this season will be transparent to the fans. We want to bring that entertainment to you guys.”

SAN ANTONIO STAFF:

Head coach: Hines Ward
Director of team operations: Jose Jefferson
Director of player personnel: Will Lewis
Offensive coordinator: Jaime Elizondo
Defensive coordinator: Jim Herrmann

XFL 2023 TEAMS:

San Antonio
Arlington
Houston
Las Vegas
Orlando
St. Louis
Seattle
Washington DC

The San Antonio Commanders made their AAF debut on Feb. 9, 2019, at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders made their AAF debut on Feb. 9, 2019, at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander

XFL to announce 2023 cities tonight

XFL JPG LOGOThe latest version of the XFL takes a major step tonight when the pro football league announces the cities and stadiums that will host teams for the 2023 season.

Recent reports indicate former Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Hines Ward will be the head coach of a San Antonio team.

The announcement will be made in a town hall style meeting at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on XFL.com.

XFL owners Dany Garcia and Dwayne Johnson and league president Russ Brandson will take part in the announcement.

The eight league coaches will also be involved – Reggie Barlow, Anthony Becht, Terrell Buckley, Jim Haslett, Wade Phillips, Bob Stoops, Rod Woodson and Ward.


Video via: www.youtube.com/c/xfl

XFL announces TV deal with ESPN, ABC, FX

The XFL announced on Tuesday that the professional football league reached a television agreement with The Walt Disney Company, including ABC and ESPN.

The agreement for the 2023 through 2027 seasons calls for televising all 40 regular-season games, two playoff games and a championship game each season on a combination of ABC, ESPN and FX.

The 2023 season is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 18.

Official announcement on xfl.com

XFL announces head coaches for 2023

There have already been a number of media reports that Reggie Barlow will be the head coach of San Antonio’s XFL team for the 2023 season.

This coming even before an official announcement that San Antonio has an XFL team.

Today, the league announced its list of head coaches for next year and it includes some high profile names.

Wade Phillips is a former NFL head coach and a highly regarded defensive coach. He is the son of Houston Oilers coaching legend Bum Phillips.

Bob Stoops won 190 games at Oklahoma including an undefeated season and national championship in 2000.

Rod Woodson is an NFL Hall of Fame defensive back. He played for 17 season and was named to 11 Pro Bowls. He had 71 career interceptions and returned 12 for touchdowns.

Hines Ward is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-team leader in catches with 1,000, yards with 12,083 and receiving touchdowns with 85. He was the most valuable player in Super Bowl XL when the Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks.

Terrell Buckley will be head coach of the XFL Orlando franchise, according to a Twitter report by Matt Zenitz (@on3sports). Buckley was an NFL defensive back for 14 seasons and has been a college assistant coach.

Jim Haslett coached in the NFL from 1996 to 2014. He was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints for six seasons.

Anthony Becht played in 11 NFL seasons as a tight end, mostly with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Becht has worked in TV and radio as an analyst covering college football and the NFL.

Barlow had a 34-16 record as head coach at Virginia State before joining the XFL. Barlow is a former NFL receiver and returner.

Reports: Reggie Barlow will coach San Antonio’s XFL team

There has been no official announcement that San Antonio will be part of the next XFL season, which is scheduled to kick off in 2023.

But media reports indicate Reggie Barlow will be San Antonio’s head coach. The city is a logical location for an XFL franchise considering the San Antonio Commanders led the AAF in attendance.

The news about Barlow was originally reported by CBS 6 WTVR in Richmond, Virginia. He is currently the head coach at Virginia State, where he has a 34-16 record. He previously served as head coach at Alabama State.

Story on Barlow from richmond.com

Barlow played eight seasons in the NFL and was part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2003 Super Bowl championship team. He saw limited action at receiver and returner with the Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 39 career receptions for 522 yards and one touchdown. He also had one kickoff return and two punt returns for touchdowns.