The Best On Paper


By Craig Robbins

March 5, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) — As football fans, we are definitely aware of the fact that football is won on the field, not on any player oriented message boards or friendly banter back and forth. With that being said, and with the start of the 2014 football season right around the corner, for the sake of debate, we at SPT generated a top 10 list for the best teams currently on paper for the upcoming 2014 season:

1. Inglewood Blackhawks – coming off its fourth consecutive LCFL championship, the Blackhawks continue to get richer, signing the likes of Kimo Hutchinson, Lance Hollinsworth, to go along with an already stellar receiving corps, making the team apropos for yet another title run with newly appointed Head Coach Leon Williams.

2. North County Cobras – the cobras were a last- second field goal away from winning the 2013 LCFL championship, nearly dethroning the Inglewood Blackhawks. In 2014, the Cobras will begin their quest for redemption in an entirely new league (NPDFL) and are slated to win it all. With the return of veteran standout quarterback Jerry Garrett and a menacing defensive line, anchored by Rick Simmons, the Cobras appear primed for postseason play.

3. California Raiders – winning multiple UFAL championships, the Raiders will begin the 2014 season under new management led by former wife receiver Maurice Ross. Last season, the team unveiled a very potent read option attack with running back Eric Madden and athletic quarterback Dwayne Cross. Minor league football fans are predicting a Cobras-Raiders matchup in the inaugural NPDFL championship.

4. San Diego Thunder – with a healthy Justin Happ returning under center, and knowing the importance of the QB position, expect the thunder offense to continue its normal behavior in 2014 — putting up points and moving the football. Expect the Happ-to-Scales connection to reemerge, as it once did in 2011, with Scales winning offensive MVP honors.

5. Desert Chiefs – one word describes the Chiefs while in the PCFC: flawless. The team was perfect in the league, eventually sweeping through the postseason and becoming the league’s eventual champ. Team owner Rosie Velmas hit the ground running with a great product and is sure to improve in years to come.

6. SoCal Apaches – the apaches being at number six may be a bit of a head-scratcher, but after making a playoff run with seemingly decent talent, the Apaches have not only loaded up its team for 2014, the coaching staff and front office has taken a bit of a facelift as well. Owner Danilo Santillan has partnered up with former Carson Ragin’ Bulls owners Herbert Cash and Andrew Harris. Harris and Cash won a league championship with the bulls in its team’s first season (2010). Highly sought after coach Anthony Atkins, Along with defensive guru Charles Ealy, just to name a few, has the team’s leadership and focus in the right direction. On the football side of things, the signing of Brandon Souder, Mikell Mair, and the rumors swirling of Rudy Peterson potentially completing a stellar Linebacking corps has the Apaches rightfully slated in this spot.

7. SoCal Steelers – with the return of the “union” and quarterback Les Obie, the Steelers are molded to compete and potentially make a run at a LCFL championship. Under the leadership of head coach Kevin Dodson and offensive genius Reggie Stover, the black and yellow are in good hands. Let’s not forget the team’s world renowned recruiter/GM Chris Eddings and his ability to find players – sure he’ll find yet another breakout stud in 2014.

8. SoCal Coyotes – Coach J. David Miller’s team surprised all of Southern California last season, knocking off some elite teams. Quarterback Nate Lewis torched opposing defenses week in and week out, causing the opposition to spend countless hours game-planning. As members of the newly formed NPDFL, look for the Coyotes to potentially knock off the favored Cobras and Raiders.

9. California Tide – it’s evident, anytime you have quarterback Kyle Parrish on your team, a team’s chances of winning is pretty high. Head Coach Grady Tucker can still motivate and definitely recruit, so although the Tide may have lost some quality pieces, look for the team to be highly competitive in the LCFL. Oh, did I mention, the team does have Kyle Parrish?

10. Hollywood Stars – the Stars won its first championship in franchise history (second year of existence) winning the CFA championship in 2013. The team will look somewhat different as it has lost its franchise quarterback, Boo Jackson, along with with 3/5 of an impressive starting offensive line (Mister Mckee, Roger “Gene” Hays, and Bobby Patterson). With the return of Head Coach Shaun Dennis, and the re-signing of Chuck Leonardis as the team’s offensive coordinator, the Stars are in greats hands and will compete at a high level. On paper, Quarterbacks Kadell Washington and Shamar Ortiz will battle it out for the starting job but will have some big shoes to fill with the departure of Boo Jackson.

Again, for the sake of debate, this list was comprised for what teams currently have on paper. The summer of 2014 is right around the corner and the smell of field turf is vastly approaching.

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