Atlanta will soon be home to another professional football team, and this one will have a familiar face as its offensive coordinator.
The Alliance of American Football – a new league that will play its first games the weekend after next year’s Super Bowl – announced Wednesday that the second of eight teams to play in the league’s first season will be the Alliance Atlanta.
During a Wednesday press conference, the franchise announced its first two coaches: former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress will be the team’s head coach, and Michael Vick will be its offensive coordinator.
According to AJC.com, the press conference was held 11 years to the day after a Virginia home owned by Vick was raided and it was revealed Vick was running a dogfighting ring on the property. Vick would spend 21 months in prison for his involvement in the ring.
“I’ve always had a passion for teaching, a passion for coaching,” Vick told reporters. “When (Childress) called me about this opportunity, I felt like it was obviously something I couldn’t pass up.”
Alliance Atlanta will play its home games at Georgia State Stadium during its 10-game regular season schedule in 2019, according to ESPN.com. Six more teams are yet to be announced, with Atlanta and Orlando – coached by Steve Spurrier – being the two announced cities to have teams so far, the report added.
The league’s rules will include no kickoffs, mandatory two-point conversions after every touchdown, no TV timeouts and minimal replays, ESPN.com also said. At the end of the 10-game season, the top four teams will qualify for the playoffs and a champion will be decided in the last week of April 2019, the league’s website said.
The Alliance of American Football was founded last month by former NFL general manager Bill Polian and TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol. As for the Atlanta team, they’re accepting $50 deposits for season tickets on the league’s website.Follow @Sean_Breslin