FROM A TALENT STANDPOINT, COACH ROBINSON BELIEVES ATLANTA IS BETTER THAN CHICAGO
(Atlanta, GA- Friday, August 5th, 2016)
The Atlanta Steam (1-1-1) will be on the road to take on the Chicago Bliss (2-1-0) on the final weekend of the 2016 LFL season in a game that is critical to the Atlanta franchise, which is still in search of their first-ever win against the defending eastern conference champion Bliss.
While the match-up on Saturday is not a must-win for either team because the same clubs will meet the following week to decide the Eastern Conference winner, it is critical for Atlanta to build momentum for the conference title game. A win would prove to the Steam players and coaches that they truly can defeat a good team-even more importantly that they can come out victorious against the mighty Bliss. While all involved with the Atlanta franchise continue to say they believe they can beat Chicago, the results on the field have not supported that belief.
The 2016 season was to be the season that Atlanta asserted their dominance over the Eastern Conference, but as the final game of the regular season arrives there is little question that Chicago is still the team to beat.
Atlanta routed the hapless Omaha Heart to open the season, but a loss to Western Conference power Los Angeles in what will be remembered as one of the league’s great games followed by a “tie” against a New England franchise that could not field a team has led to the showdown with Chicago that will come in the Windy City. For the Steam to truly believe they can defeat the Bliss in the conference title game, they MUST come away with a win this Saturday night.
In a chat about the coming battle with Chicago, third-year head coach Dane Robinson said that “We are ready, and we are prepared to get over the hump and prove we can beat Chicago.” Robinson went on to say that “From a talent standpoint, we are the better team.”
Despite lacking a win against a quality opponent, Robinson has tremendous faith that his offense will be effective against what is a less talented Bliss defense this season. Robinson believes that having Brittany Demery back to supply power out of the backfield will compliment the effort of Jessie Locklear. Add the speed of Amanda Ruller to the mix both at receiver and out of the backfield, and Robinson believes Atlanta will be able to put up enough points to beat Chicago.
A big part of that belief is based on the signing of free agent Nneka Nwani, a player that was a key component to the Bliss defense for the last two championship seasons. It has been said that Nwani is “probably the best physically gifted athlete in the league” by Colton Cull, the editor of LFL360.com. Cull is not alone in his praise. When talking about the impact the free-agent signing would have on the final games of the season, Robinson said Nwani is “an incredible athlete.”
Robinson plans to utilize Nwani on both sides of the ball against Chicago, utilizing her size and strength on the O-line in a move that should increase the threat of big gainers on the ground, and counting on her on defense to contain the biggest threat that Chicago has on offense-Chrisdell Harris. Harris has