The Blitz Are looking to continue to take Steps forward in 2016 By Matt Gabrielson
The 2016 AIF season is finally at hand and for the Chicago Blitz it can not start soon enough. After a grueling training camp that lead to some tough decisions as to who would and would not be suiting up for the Blitz in 2016. As a result the Blitz will be putting arguably one of their best teams in the franchises short history on the field Sunday night.
While it may only be the Blitz third season in existence, the Blitz have taken a step forward every year and this year figures to be no different. But before we can look at where this team is going we need to take a look at what has brought them to this point. Back in 2014 the Blitz front office staff and coaches put together a very solid team with just weeks to prepare for the season. Despite having such a short window to put everything together the team went 7-3 falling just inches from making a playoff berth. 2015 saw the Blitz put together a very strong team going 6-2 in the regular season. Chicago upset the Saginaw Sting in the AIF semi-finals before falling in the AIF championship game.
The Chicago Blitz are looking to take yet another step forward in 2016. A big factor will help the Blitz continue to grow and reach their goals is the consistency of head coach Mike Oliver. Coach O has been the Blitz head coach in each year of the teams existence and seems to know always how to get the best out of his players on a day in and day out basis no matter what the situation. Coach O has also surrounded himself with a tremendous supporting cast of assistant coaches that are amongst the best in all of indoor football. Lead by Defensive coordinator Noel Soto, Defensive assistant Dennison Robinson, Offensive and Defensive line coach Chris Van Stone, and Offensive Assitant Dave Auwerda.
The practices leading up to this Sunday's opener have been very spirited. Watching the Blitz practice you see a team that is very hungry and very much wants to be a champion. The intensity of the team drills has been very entertaining to watch for the fans that have attended the open practices thus far.
The AIF has also switched to a set of rules very similar to the Arena Football league for the 2016 season. With this change the AIF could see some very high scores and very exciting games throughout the season. From what has been shown in practice to this point the Blitz look to be more than prepared for this change and how these games will go. Between a very stout defense that will be very difficult to score on and an high octane offense that has the capability of scoring from any spot on the field, the Blitz figure to be very good in 2016.
A Championship is the goal for the 2016 Chicago Blitz. Every team says that at the start of the season but there is some thing very different about this team. Teams across the AIF will find out very fast that they will have to lay it all on the line against this Blitz team. Even that may not be enough when all is said and done for Blitz opponents. And it all starts this Sunday March 13, 2016 at 7:05 at the Odeum in Villa Park. Make sure you get your tickets to witness what could be a truly special football team in the 2016 Chicago Blitz!