During the LA Wildcat’s Week 1 press conference, Head Coach and General Manger of the Los Angeles Wildcats, Winston Moss answered questions from the media. He discussed his team’s progress during the preseason and their preparations for the franchise’s inaugural game on the road against the Houston Roughnecks.
Here are the main points Moss touched on.
Coach Moss expects Tre’ Williams to be a dominant personality on the defensive side of the ball. “We want him to smash the ball carrier, if there’s a pass we want him around the ball, if we send him on a blitz we want him to sack the quarterback…” “Tre’ Williams was born a leader… (Williams) Plays with a lot of intelligence and experience.”
Shawn Oakman has made a return to the roster after being waived on December 17th of 2019. “At the time of his release [Oakman] was not conforming to team rules,” Moss said. The team set conditions for him to meet to be reconsidered for the team and according to Moss there has been a “180 degree turn from the Oakman we had in Vegas.”
Luis Perez Trade
On January 19th QB Luis Perez was traded to the New York Guardians in exchange for QB Chad Kanoff. According to Moss, “Perez has a special place in all of our hearts… but we needed some other spots improved on our team.” He believes the trade was beneficial for both teams.
Penetrating the already-crowded Los Angeles professional sports market
When asked about the getting attention in a tough media market, Moss was confident his team would have no problem turning heads. “We will bring our own energy, we will be an exciting team to watch. if they don’t know about us know they will know about us soon enough”
He went on to explain that his sole focus, while preparing his team for its XFL debut, was only what takes place between the goal lines.
“We’re not in the selling business, we are in the football business, we are in the winning business.”
Team President, Heather Brooks Karatz, expressed similar confidence in the Los Angeles fan base, saying “The energy is infectious right now.” The Wildcats announced earlier today that they will have a host of pregame and in-game opportunities for fans to experience a whole new type of gameday atmosphere.
Moss doesn’t see the relatively low profile of Spring Football as a hiderance to his program. The enthusiastic Head Coach says, although they are playing in a brand new league, his squad has faced “Zero challenges, we play ball wherever. We cant wait to get to Houston and see what this team is made of.”
First Game of the Season on the Road
The Wildcats aren’t worried about starting the season on the road. Coming off of the the team’s Mini-camp in Las Vegas and their January preseason scrimmage with the Roughnecks in Houston, Moss says the team doesn’t know what it even feels like to play at home. “We’ve feel like we’ve been on the road forever.”
The Los Angeles Wildcats begin their season against the Houston Roughnecks at TDECU Stadium on Saturday, February 8th at 2:00PM PST on FOX.