Blackjacks @ Soul – Post-game Coaches’ Comments

by David Taylor

Photo: David Taylor

The Philadelphia Soul defeated the Atlantic City Blackjacks today, 48-41, in the season opener for both teams.

Coach Ron James- Atlantic City Blackjacks

On the Marvin Ross injury:

“They’re take them to the hospital for precautions. He looked like he was moving his extremities. You know, we will see how it goes. When we get the doctor’s report. Right now it is too early to tell. But you  know, it was a terrible hit to take and nobody wants to see that happen. You know, overall it’s gonna be the doctor’s call, so what he does down the road here, but you know certainly it is a loss.”

On the turnovers:

“The turnovers turned the grade (of the game) down. So you know I thought we were playing at an A level, we were scoring on almost every possession. We want to be scoring on about 85-90 percent of our possessions. And those turnovers turned the A in this game to a C, and a C is not good enough in this league.”

The most positive thing:

“The most positive thing our team did is we have a lot of rookies that performed at a high level, you know when you get all those guys coming in in their first game and making plays, and contributing, I thought that was something. I thought we showed a lot of energy on special teams and kickoffs, the way we covered. I thought our kickoff return we had a couple of opportunities to take some returns back and we didn’t quite finish there. So that what it is all about, it’s getting better, its progression you know for an expansion team, we are looking at just the progression of what we are are doing. And we came in here and I think we accounted for ourselves well and now we have to go home and figure out game two.”


Clint Dolezel- Philadelphia Soul Coach

Overall feeling for the first game of the season:

“Um, You now, if you’d have asked me in the first quarter and a half, i’d say Oh my gosh I’ve got the wrong guys in. But I mean they had to settle in. I had a rookie off the net and it cost us right off the bat. But in his defense, probably five or six of those balls, I don’t care who was back there, they were going to be tough to catch, so he got broke in really fast. And we have a new center, and of course he goes down with, looks like a dislocated wrist, so he’s done. Some other positions had to step up and move guys around too.”

On the two big interceptions:

“The first one was the momentum changer that got us back in the game honestly. It is hard to run away from somebody in this game, but we were on the verge of that happening to us because things weren’t working too well for us. We’d just lost our center, had to move some guys around, weren’t playing well, and the momentum was truly changed. Those two interceptions, I mean I have never seen the ball just like stick in his hands like that. He has good hands, but I mean those were two tough catches, they were bullets, He caught them and took them to the house. I mean, that is James to a tee though. I mean, once you get the ball in his hands, he’s tough to get down. He’s been our return guy before and it’s the same thing. He definitely was our MVP of the game today.”

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