How the DC Defenders can replicate Capitals 2018 Cup run

DC Defenders, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
DC Defenders, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

There is no Washington Capitals playoff hockey this spring but there’s still a big D.C. sports game this weekend. In fact, it may be the biggest football game played in this town since before I was born considering the Redskins/Commanders or whatever you call them not only play in Maryland but haven’t had a game of this magnitude in quite some time.

So as we wait for the first DC Defenders playoff game ever with a trip to the XFL Championship game on the line, we wonder, will they deliver like they have all year or will they suffer similar fates of other DC sports powerhouses only to come up short time and time again?

So I figured since we’re a hockey blog and we’re going through that dry time, why not give the new team in town tips so they can defeat the Seattle Sea Dragons and bring home another title to the city.

Maybe it’ll inspire the Caps next year.

They have an inspiring coach like the Caps had with Barry Trotz in Reggie Barlow. Just listening to his speeches in the locker room would get you fired up for life. You might also recognize Greg Williams, who’s back in DC as a defensive coordinator after serving as one with the Redskins during Joe Gibbs 2.0.

Their quarterback is Jordan Ta’amu and while he’s no Alex Ovechkin he’s certainly athletic in his own way. He’s a good passer and rusher and doesn’t overdo the rushing like Lamar Jackson does.

Running back Abram Smith is a beast. Pooka Williams is one heck of a kickoff returner as they showed last week in San Antonio. The wideouts feature studs like Chris Blair and Lucky Jackson.

And we can’t talk about the Defenders without mentioning the defense especially DJ Swearinger who also has a homecoming to DC after playing for the Redskins for two seasons.

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Of course fans will be rocking the red and ready to feed the beer snake. It should be fun especially if they win. But it won’t be easy. The Seattle Seadragons played them tough. But the Defenders prevailed both times. Should be a fun rematch with a trip to the XFL championship at stake.