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AAF/San Diego Fleet Info


FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member
New Defensive Rule Unveiled


The Alliance is already known for changing the rules compared to the NFL (no kickoffs, etc.), but today we can report a small rule change that could have a huge impact on defensive schemes.
In my conversations with team officials at practice, it came up that there’s a new defensive rule that to my knowledge hasn’t been talked about much. The defense will only be able to rush a maximum of 5 players on any given play. This protects the quarterback from dealing with too many blitzers at a given time eliminating big hits. But this new rule may have some additional, positive consequences.
What it has also done for quarterbacks is forced them to guess more where true blitzers are coming from. As we saw in Super Bowl LIII, Jared Goff struggled to identify where the Patriots’ pass rush was coming from due to the various different looks they gave. Expect a lot of the same in the AAF. Defensive coordinators will be able to disguise their pass rush locations on every play, requiring the QBs to pick and choose their protections more than usual.
While it could be an aberration, this rule change could also account for the seven sacks the Apollos generated over the course of their scrimmage with the San Diego Fleet. I’ve already been told part of that was that the Fleet prepared for a 4-3 base defense instead of the 3-4 base the Apollos run. That mix-up combined with the new rule could have caused a lot of havoc for the QB and offensive line.


FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member


SAN DIEGO, CA – February 7, 2019 – The San Diego Fleet and iHeartMedia San Diego announced today a broadcast partnership, with undisclosed terms, that establishes XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego as the flagship radio station for the inaugural 2019 season of The Alliance of American Football. In addition, the Fleet revealed its broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Jon Schaeffer and color analyst Rich Ohrnberger.

All 10 regular season Fleet games will be broadcast live in their entirety by iHeartMedia San Diego and nationwide on iHeartRadio, a live streaming radio service. The broadcasts will include extensive pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. XTRA 1360 will be the primary home for Fleet football, carrying seven regular season games, while 600 KOGO will air the other three games. A full listing appears below.
“We are thrilled that iHeartMedia has come aboard as the Official Radio Partner of the San Diego Fleet,” said Fleet President Jeff Garner. “With XTRA 1360 being the Home of Football in the market, the affiliation was a natural fit for the Fleet, our broadcast partner and our fans. Together, we are excited to bring The Alliance to San Diego sports fans in just two days.”
Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Jon Schaeffer becomes the first-ever radio “Voice of the Fleet.” Schaeffer, who currently handles on-air work at XTRA 1360 for San Diego State University football, basketball and baseball, has been broadcasting professionally for 16 years and recently called national play-by-play for the 2018 Holiday Bowl. The 38-year-old has appeared nationally on CBS Sports Network, Fox College Sports, ESPN GamePlan and ESPN3 and regionally on SNY, Root Sports Pittsburgh, MASN and CSN Mid-Atlantic.
Color analyst Rich Ohrnberger brings a wealth of both broadcasting and playing experience to the Fleet radio team. Ohrnberger is currently the co-host of both Mark & Rich – which airs weekdays on XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego – and Red Zone Radio Sundays on national Fox Sports Radio. The 32-year-old also serves as color analyst for San Diego State University football (2017-present) as well as for NFL and college football on NBC 7 San Diego. Selected by New England in the 2009 draft, Ohrnberger enjoyed a six-year NFL playing career as an offensive lineman for the Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers and was a participant in Super Bowl XLVI.
The Fleet opens its inaugural season on Saturday, Feb. 9, against the San Antonio Commanders. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Alamodome. Pregame coverage will begin at 7 p.m. on 600 KOGO.
The home opener at SDCCU Stadium is on Sunday, Feb. 17, when the Fleet hosts the Atlanta Legends at 5 p.m. Tickets to all Fleet games can be purchased online at https://aaf.com/san-diego-fleet/.

iHeartMedia San Diego owns and operates KGB-FM; KHTS-FM; KIOZ-FM; KLSD-AM; KMYI-FM; KOGO-AM; and KSSX-FM and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 131 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leading audio and media company in the U.S., iHeartMedia serves over 150 local markets through 849 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, on satellite, at iHeartRadio.com, on the company’s station websites and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital music, podcast, on demand and live streaming radio service. Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.
Times are Subject to Change (All Times are Pacific)
Feb. 9 Saturday at San Antonio 600 KOGO 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m
Feb. 17 Sunday ATLANTA XTRA 1360 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.
Feb. 24 Sunday SAN ANTONIO XTRA 1360 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.

March 2 Saturday at Memphis 600 KOGO 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.
March 9 Saturday SALT LAKE 600 KOGO 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.
March 17 Sunday BIRMINGHAM XTRA 1360 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.

March 24 Sunday at Arizona XTRA 1360 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m.
March 30 Saturday at Salt Lake XTRA 1360 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.
April 6 Saturday at Orlando XTRA 1360 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.
April 14 Sunday ARIZONA XTRA 1360 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.
BOLD indicates home games (SDCCU Stadium)
About The Alliance of American Football

Led by some of the most respected football minds in the game, The Alliance of American Football is top-flight professional football fueled by an unprecedented Alliance between players, fans and the game. Founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, The Alliance features eight teams with 52-player rosters playing a 10-week regular season schedule beginning Feb. 9, 2019 on CBS, followed by two playoff rounds and culminating with the championship game at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on April 27, 2019.

The eight cities, stadiums and head coaches are as follows:
  • Orlando Apollos / Spectrum Stadium / Steve Spurrier
  • Atlanta Legends / Georgia State Stadium / Kevin Coyle
  • Memphis Express / Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium / Mike Singletary
  • Salt Lake Stallions / Rice-Eccles Stadium / Dennis Erickson
  • Arizona Hotshots / Sun Devil Stadium / Rick Neuheisel
  • San Diego Fleet / San Diego County Credit Union Stadium / Mike Martz
  • Birmingham Iron / Legion Field Stadium / Tim Lewis
  • San Antonio Commanders / Alamodome / Mike Riley
Fans can stream Alliance matchups live via the free Alliance app while accessing integrated gaming options with real rewards — for themselves and the players they are cheering on. With a focus on player well-being on and off the field, The Alliance provides players with a commitment to safety and state-of-the-art equipment as well as a comprehensive bonus system, post-football career planning, financial counseling and scholarship support for postsecondary education. For more information, visit https://aaf.com/.


FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member
NFL and AAF have no formal agreement in regards to player allocation. That’s just used by the AAF to simplify the process of acquiring players that have been released by NFL teams.
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