XFL Houston Roughnecks: The future of football is here to stay

XFL Houston Roughnecks CB Jeremiah Johnson (Photo by Thomas Campbell/XFL via Getty Images)
XFL Houston Roughnecks CB Jeremiah Johnson (Photo by Thomas Campbell/XFL via Getty Images) /

The XFL Houston Roughnecks beat the St. Louis BattleHawks 28-24 Sunday to go up 2-0.  Here’s why this is the beginning of the future of football.

Week 2 is in the books for the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks as they beat the St. Louis BattleHawks in a close game 28-24. For those who didn’t see the game, I’ve posted highlights right here for you.

The Houston Roughnecks will play at the 0-2  Tampa Bay Vipers next week on ABC at 1 p.m. CST.

This reincarnation of the XFL is so much better than the original XFL and I’m here to tell you why.

For those who may have forgotten about the original XFL and its catastrophic failure, take a look at my preceding link.

This version of the XFL has many things going for it, including good quality football, transparency in coaching and officiating as well as innovative rules that I would love to see play out in college and professional football.

  • Good quality football

From the first couple of XFL games that I’ve seen, I can tell you that it is good football, not like the sideshow the first rendition of the XFL was. This league is focused on providing fans with quality football and they certainly deliver. The games I’ve seen hold my interest because of the play on the field.

  • Officiating/coaching transparency

One of the great things I love the XFL in 2020 is the transparency in officiating and coaching.

You get to actually hear the play call between a coach and player. For example, here is some player-coach interaction last week during the Dallas Renegades game with St. Louis. It is really cool to me hearing the interactions because you don’t hear it anywhere else,  in college or the NFL.

Another great aspect of the XFL that I’m sure many fans love is the transparency of the officiating and replay. It humanizes the game and shows you that the officials aren’t biased against your team, rather they are trying to get the call right in a quick manner that both college football and the NFL could learn from.

Let me illustrate:


  • Innovative Rules

There are many rules in this league that are different from college and professional football that are extremely interesting and could save the game of football as we know it.  From kickoffs to overtime, the XFL has many rules that make the game not only safer but more exciting for football fans.

The kickoff is the one game-changer for me, because it eliminates the risk of severe injuries with both teams going full speed, yet it creates excitement because there is still an opportunity for a great return.

Next. The Roughnecks' defense could be the best in league. dark

With these new rules and innovations, I think it’s safe to say that the XFL is here to stay. Obviously it’s not just me that loves what they are doing. They are putting player safety and fan’s interest at the forefront, which is something you do not see at the college/NFL level.