The Dallas Renegades hosted the New York Guardians on Saturday evening looking to stay above .500 on the season. Coming off of a loss, the Renegades had their backs up against the wall. To make matters worse, they were without starting quarterback Landry Jones.
This Renegades team had always remained competitive through the first four weeks, but couldn’t seem to move the ball against the Guardians.
Dallas has turned the ball over more times than any team in the XFL. That being said, they’ve also been able to move the ball, and do it with some big plays. Their ability to make those plays has allowed them to recover from the turnovers. With Philip Nelson at the helm on Saturday, the Renegades simply lacked that kind of big play ability.
Nelson is an athletic guy, who can deliver accurate passes when given enough time. However, these passes are all within 5-10 yards down the field. The Renegades haven’t been able to establish a run game, so long shots down the field are crucial to this teams success.
In the 30-12 loss on Saturday evening the Renegades produced only 262 yards with an average of 3.3 per play. They were never able to establish a run game, totaling only 56 for the game. The offense converted on 27% of third downs, which just isn’t enough. The Renegades failed to produce an offensive touchdown for the second time this season. Nelson was the starter in that game as well.
Philip has started two games, and made an appearance for a few plays in another. In those three games he is 62-94 (66%), for 439 yards. He has thrown 3 interceptions, and is yet to find the endzone for a touchdown.
At the end of the day, The Renegades defense can only do so much. Dallas has to find a way to move the ball with consistency and put some points on the board. Landry Jones should be back in a couple of weeks, but maybe it’s time for Dallas to look for a new leader on offense in the meantime.
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