Carolina Cobras (NAL)

The Carolina Cobras are a professional indoor football team in the National Arena League (NAL) and that began play for the 2018 season. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Cobras play their home games at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.[1]

Carolina Cobras (NAL)
Established 2017
Play in Greensboro, North Carolina
at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex
CarCobras.com
League/conference affiliations
National Arena League (2018–present)
Team colorsBlack, silver, red, white
                   
Personnel
Owner(s)National Sports Ventures
Head coachJosh Resignalo
Team history
  • Carolina Cobras (2018–present)
Championships
League championships (1)
2018
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (2)
NAL: 2018, 2019
Home arena(s)

The Cobras is the third indoor/arena team to call Greensboro home, following the Greensboro Prowlers of the af2 (20002003) and the Greensboro Revolution of the National Indoor Football League (20062007). A previous team called the Carolina Cobras played in the Arena Football League from 2000 until 2004. The AFL Cobras played three seasons in Raleigh and two in Charlotte before folding. The NAL Cobras use a logo similar in style to the defunct AFL Cobras' logo, but otherwise has no direct connection to the AFL franchise.

History

The Cobras were officially announced as members of the National Arena League (NAL) on December 4, 2017.[1] In their introductory announcement, the team named former Cincinnati Commandos, Texas Revolution, Nashville Venom and Wichita Falls Nighthawks head coach Billy Back as their new coach.[2]

The Cobras inaugural season finished with a regular season record of 10–5, taking second place in the league. The Cobras then defeated the Jacksonville Sharks in the playoff semifinal and earned the right to host the 2018 NAL Championship game at home after the first place Massachusetts Pirates lost their semifinal to the Columbus Lions.[3] With the Lions missing several starting players including their quarterback Mason Espinosa and all running backs,[4] the Cobras dominated Columbus in the championship game 66–8.[5]

Season-by-season results

League champions Playoff berth League leader
Season League Regular season Postseason results
FinishWinsLossesTies
2018 NAL2nd1050Won semifinal (Jacksonville) 73–48
Won NAL Championship (Columbus) 66–8
2019 NAL2nd950Won semifinal (Massachusetts) 30–26
Lost NAL Championship (Jacksonville) 48–52
Totals 19100All-time regular season record (2018–2019)
31All-time postseason record (2018–2019)
22110All-time regular season and postseason record (2018–2019)

Current roster

Carolina Cobras roster
Quarterbacks
  • -- Matt Foltz
  •  1 Charles McCullum

Running backs

  • Currently vacant

Wide receivers

  • 11 Von Pearson
  • -- Torrence Carr
  • -- Tyrell Goodman
  •  4 Jordan Jolly
  • -- Joe Morrow
  • -- Kyrin Priester
  • -- Latavious Willis
Offensive linemen
  • -- Demetrius Briggs
  • -- Antonio Foster
  • 72 Joe Harris
  • 55 Anthony Jackson
  • 79 Chad Kolumber
  • -- Darriel Mack
  • 99 Jordan Mosely
  • -- Alfred Pullom III
  • 77 Faleaoga Russell
  • -- Bill Vavau

Defensive linemen

  • 15 Rickey Dowdy
  • 12 Omari Manhertz
  • -- Steve Miller
  • -- Brandon Peguese
  • -- Sevon Pittman
  • 55 Tony Pulu
Linebackers
  • -- Anthony Ellis
  • -- Micah Robinson

Defensive backs

  • -- JeCorey Demease
  • 17 Michael Green
  •  8 Antwan Hadley
  •  3 Cedric Poole
  • -- Tyree Robinson
  • -- Troy Sanders
  •  9 Darius Thomas
  • -- Ken Walton

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • 47 Nick Haag LB (Susp.)
  • 14 Pasquale Vacchio DB (Susp.)
  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated February 24, 2019
  • 37 Active, 4 Inactive

More rosters

Head coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2019 National Arena League regular season.

Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
WLTWin%WL
Billy Back2018–201919100.65531

References

  1. "NAL Expansion Heads to North Carolina - Expansion Team in Carolina to be named Cobras". NationalArenaLeague.com. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  2. "Cobras name Billy Back Head Coach - 2016 IFL Coach of the Year set to lead Carolina in 2018". NationalArenaLeague.com. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  3. "Cobras Playoff Victory Over Sharks". NationalArenaLeague.com. August 15, 2018.
  4. "Columbus Lions throttled in national championship game". Ledger-Enquirer. August 28, 2018.
  5. "Carolina Cobras win National Arena League football championship". Greensboro.com. August 27, 2018.
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