Seattle Dragons

The Seattle Dragons are a professional American football team based in Seattle, Washington. The team is a franchise of the new XFL founded by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment. The team will play its home games at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The open-air football stadium has a capacity of over 69,000 and a roof covering 70 percent of the seating area. The stadium was uniquely constructed for sound and has twice held the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd at an outdoor stadium.[4]

Seattle Dragons
Founded2018
LeagueXFL
Team historySeattle Dragons
2020–present
Based inSeattle, Washington
StadiumCenturyLink Field
Seattle, Washington
ColorsNavy, green, orange[1]
              
PresidentRyan Gustafson[2]
Head coachJim Zorn[3]
General managerJim Zorn
Websitewww.xfl.com/en-US/teams/seattle

Seattle joins New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. as the league's inaugural cities. Teams will have 40-man active rosters and play a 10-week season. Vince McMahon said "the game will feature simplified rules for a faster pace of game that should complete in under three hours", and will draw from former college and NFL players.[5]

Pete Carroll, the coach of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks was also "fired up" about the major announcement of the brand-new pro sports franchise on its way to Seattle.[6] The Seattle Dragons will start play at CenturyLink Field on February 8 or 9, 2020, one week after Super Bowl LIV.[6]

History

Seven out of eight of the teams that were awarded an inaugural team from Vince McMahon are located in an NFL city. The Dragons will share CenturyLink Field with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that "he doesn't mind" the fact that the XFL will host a team in Seattle and "in fact, if anything...Seattle should welcome the new league with open arms."[7]

Former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn was named the team's first head coach on February 25, 2019.[3] On June 22, 2019, the XFL Summer Showcase was held in Seattle's Memorial Stadium, which hosted about 100 players trying out for the new expansion team.

On June 27, the USPTO revealed that XFL parent company Alpha Entertainment had filed for trademarks on the names Seattle Dragons, Seattle Wild, Seattle Fury, Seattle Surge and Seattle Force.[8] Seattle Dragons was the name ultimately revealed on August 21. Gustafson commented on the naming of the team by saying, "We wanted something that was unique but also part of the entire brand that represents the community of Seattle, with the imagery of the water, the city, the weather and just the fierceness of the character. That is something we felt was very representative of Seattle and something we are very excited about. That was the name we felt was best going to represent the city." Former Seahawks quarterback and Dragons coach Jim Zorn said, "it's awesome" and that he is "really excited about the colors as well because we can do a lot with that."

The Dragons schedule was announced and season ticket deposit holders will be given seating in September 2019, and the team will attend the first XFL draft in October 2019. In November 2019, the team will begin training camp. Uniforms will be unveiled by Thanksgiving 2019 . The Dragons will start play on February 8 or 9, 2020.

Staff

Seattle Dragons staff
Front office
  • Director of player personnel – Tony Softli
  • Director of football operations – Matthew Hayes
Head coach
Offensive coaches
  • Offensive coordinator – Mike Riley
  • Running backs – Butch Goncharoff
  • Receivers – Larry Kirksey
  • Offensive line – Steve Smith
  • Tight ends/assistant special teams – Steve Hagen
  • Assistant offensive line/offensive assistant – Josh Oglesby
 
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator/Defensive backs – Clayton Lopez
  • Defensive line – Donald Johnson
  • Special teams/Linebackers – Chip Garber
  • Assistant defensive backs – Marcus Ungaro
East Division
DC
NY
STL
TB
West Division
DAL
HOU
LA
SEA

Roster

Seattle Dragons roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

  • -- Noah Borden LS
  • -- Brock Miller P
  • -- Erik Powell K
Reserve lists


Roster updated December 2, 2019
68 active, 0 inactive, 9 unsigned

XFL rosters

References

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