Renegades coaches excited following roster announcement
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Monday was a beautiful day for a full Dallas Renegades practice session at Globe Life Park.
Early fog gave way to clear skies and sunshine, illuminating the 52 players that officially make up Dallas' roster. That group was whittled down from the 70 players that participated in Renegades training camp in Houston.
Now, the Dallas coordinators on each side of the ball are excited to get to work, shaping the first team in franchise history.
"I’ve been really pleased with them. They’re real focused, a great group to work with," offensive coordinator Hal Mumme said.
The quality of the remaining players is a compliment to the talented group they beat out during training camp in Houston.
"It was really difficult, we had some great players in camp. It was hard to get rid of those guys, but you’ve got to do it," Mumme said. "We tried to build it out to where we can be as diverse as we can with all of our sets and formations. We kept three good tight ends, we’ve got a good group of wide receivers, and I really like our backs."
"What a great job they’ve done on this stadium. It’s beautiful, and I think the sight lines are gonna be great for the fans. They should turn out because we’re gonna be a lot of fun to watch."
The offense is also getting stronger with each passing day just because its quarterbacks are healing up.
Landry Jones has done some light workouts in a knee brace, and Eric Dungey has recovered from a small leg issue that kept him out of most of training camp. Philip Nelson has remained the team's only healthy quarterback from the start of minicamp.
"We can do a lot more as they get healthy," Mumme said. "Eric’s coming along. It’s hard to make up for reps that you miss, so he’s just going to have to keep working at it. He had some good decisions today, and he had some bad ones. It just takes reps."
On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Chris Woods said he and the staff determined they were will to adjust schemes slightly to avoid cutting players they really liked during camp.
"The guys that we selected — we actually had to kind of change our thought process about what our initial numbers were because some guys just made it impossible to not play them. I’ve always just been a believer that the depth chart is only organizational, and that if somebody gets hurt, I always think about putting the next best player in, not the next guy on the depth chart," Woods said. "And that means if we have to change our scheme, we’re going to do that. We’re still in that mode now of figuring out, of the guys we kept, what’s the best packages to use them all."