XFL Chicago Enforcers Press Release 8


Press Release 8
Chicago Enforcers Training Camp
News, Notes and Quotes
January 19

Linebacker Baisley Making Instant Impact with Enforcers
Although the Chicago Enforcers have been in training camp only two weeks, inside linebacker Jamie Baisley has been making a strong impression on the Enforcers coaching staff.

“Jamie is an extremely intelligent player,” says Enforcers head coach Ron Meyer. “He had a solid collegiate career and he is a veteran of NFL Europe. Jamie brings a lot of good experience to our team.”

A native of Glencoe, Ill., Baisley had a standout career at Loyola Academy before enrolling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At IUP, he was a two-year starter who recorded 207 career tackles. After his collegiate career, Baisley signed with Jacksonville in 1997 before spending a couple of seasons in NFL Europe. That experience has made Baisley one of the Enforcers top defenders.

“Jamie has been our most consistent linebacker,” said Meyer. “He makes the calls on defense and we think he will be a standout for us this year.”

Baisley has mutual feelings about the coaching staff.

“The coaches are very knowledgeable,” says Baisley. “They have given the linebackers the ability to make plays and also have given us some input into the defense we will be running. Overall our defense is solid. We have a strong D line and our secondary is very fast, which will give us the ability to leave them one on one.”

The Chicago-area resident also thinks the Enforcers defense will be something the fans will love to see.

“We will run a 3-4 defense, that will include a lot of zone blitzing,” says Baisley. “We are not going to sit back and let the offense dictate what we are going to do. It will be a pressure defense that will be fun for the fans to watch, because we will be attacking from all sides.”

Vince McMahon on Ron Meyer
When XFL Founder Vince McMahon was in Chicago recently for WWF Smackdown he was asked about Enforcers head coach Ron Meyer. Here was his response.

“Ron Meyer is a perfect fit for the XFL. He has a great personality and a great passion for football. Let me tell you something about his love of coaching. He loves coaching so much that he coached a CFL team in Las Vegas. That tells you something about his passion for the game.”

Meyer Much Happier with his Team
Head Ron Meyer had much nicer things to say about his team after Friday’s practice.

“We had a good, hard practice today,” said Meyer. “It was hard hitting but nobody got hurt, which is always a good thing.”

Roster Moves
The Enforcers released four players while one player, center Greg Engel, quit due to a shoulder injury. The four players released were linebacker Bryan Jones, safety Halakilangi Muagututia, wide receiver Philip Riley and cornerback Clovis “Pee Wee” Woods.

The Enforcers roster is now at 55 players and has to be at 54 by Sunday, January 21.

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