Eagles news: Former players land in USFL, Philly adds to coaching staff

Carson Strong, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Carson Strong, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports) /

We haven’t compared the week-to-week numbers. Truthfully, spring football hasn’t stopped us from checking our text messages and notifications every chance we get to see if there are any Philadelphia Eagles updates, but the XFL might be in a bit of trouble.

Here’s what we can guarantee. Their Week 1 ratings look a lot better than the viewers they appear to be drawing now. Maybe the USFL’s return might have a better run.

Eagles news: Several of Philadelphia’s former prospects get another shot during another USFL season.

The XFL had a lot of things working against it. They’re competing with college basketball and eventually March Madness. Major League Baseball began spring training and another season. The NBA was at the end of its regular season, and now the playoffs begin.

The USFL has some of the same challenges, but March Madness is over. That helps. If you’re a fan of Philly sports, here are a few nuggets. The Stars, Philadelphia’s USFL team, are off to a 1-0 start after being runner-ups in last year’s championship game. There are also a couple of handfuls of familiar faces.

  • Keric Wheatfall, wide receiver, Philadelphia Stars
  • Ali Fayad, linebacker, Philadelphia Stars
  • Joey Alfieri, LB, Philadelphia Stars
  • Rashard Davis, WR, Memphis Showboats
  • McLeod Bethel-Thompson, QB, New Orleans Breakers
  • Kyle Lauletta, QB, New Jersey Generals
  • Blake Countess, defensive back, New Jersey Generals
  • Deon Cain, WR, Birmingham Stallions
  • Rashad Smith, LB, Birmingham Stallions
  • Carson Strong, QB, Michigan Panthers

Don’t stress about possible failures too much if you’re in favor of spring football. Despite the XFL struggles and the AAF closing its doors due to COVID-19, we still believe spring football can work.

More Eagles news: Philly adds to the defensive coaching staff.

Here’s one more thing to make note of if you missed the announcement. The Eagles have yet to announce their finalized coaching staff, but we were made aware of another addition over the weekend.

ESPN College Football Senior Writer Pete Thamel reports the Philadelphia Eagles are hiring Mike DiAngelo in a defensive quality control role. He had previously coached tight ends and wide receivers at Jacksonville State. The Birds have yet to officially announce the hiring of a defensive backs coach; however, they may have one and are just being slow about telling us who it is.

That’s just a theory. Don’t quote us on that.