The Atlanta Legends were looking to get their first win of the season against the Birmingham Iron, but just like the first two games of the season they failed to. The Legends started the game out very strong, but failed to get any points in the red zone. So far this season, the Legends have had an awful time trying to finish drives off with a touchdown. They have shown that they can move the ball down the field, but once they get inside the red zone the Legends make so many mistakes with stupid penalties or lack of execution. Yesterday the Legends had four trips to the red zone and only got 6 points out of it. Quarterback Matt Simms did throw for 303 yards and had a touchdown, but he threw 3 interceptions. The Legends also lost a fumble to the Iron and finished the game with 4 turnovers.
Similar to the Fleet game, the Legends played a great 1st half, but couldn’t do much offensively in the 2nd half. The Legends defense for the most part did their job. They really made it difficult for the Iron to have much success running the ball. Despite their success in not allowing running back Trent Richardson to run all over them, Richardson did have 3 touchdowns. The Legends did create a turnover and it was an interception, but the Legends offense couldn’t capitalize. To go along with the struggle of the Legends offense not putting up enough points, the Legends also had 8 dropped passes and so many costly penalties. A big one was a pass interference penalty against cornerback Damian Swann. The pass interference should of never been called, but because Swann jumped on top of the Iron receiver even though the ball was well overthrown, the officials still saw reason to throw the flag and ultimately set up an Iron touchdown.
With all the turnovers, penalties, and missed opportunities, the Legends would go on to lose the game 28-12. It is time for the Legends to try Aaron Murray out at quarterback. Murray has only seen a small bit of playing time this season and that was the first game against Orlando where he completed 4 out of 7 passes for 38 yards with 1 interception. Up next for the Legends is a trip to Arizona to face the Hotshots next Sunday at 8:00 PM. Follow @BirdsInTheBenz throughout the game.
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By: Stewart Zwald @SDZwald041599