2004 Rhein Fire season

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2004 Rhein Fire season
Head coach Pete Kuharchek
General manager Alexander Leibkind
Home field Arena AufSchalke
Results
Record 3–7
Division place 5th
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2003 2005

The 2004 Rhein Fire season was the tenth season for the franchise in the NFL Europe League (NFLEL). The team was led by head coach Pete Kuharchek in his fourth year, and played its home games at Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. They finished the regular season in fifth place with a record of three wins and seven losses.

Offseason[edit]

Free agent draft[edit]

2004 Rhein Fire NFLEL free agent draft selections
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice
1 5 Randy Garner DE Arkansas
2 11 Maugaula Tuitele LB Colorado State
3 14 Daniel Wilcox TE Appalachian State
4 23 Earthwind Moreland CB Georgia Southern
5 26 Trey Freeman DT Stanford
6 35 Charles Burton LB Syracuse
7 38 Abdual Howard S Florida State
8 47 Reggie Poole G Jacksonville State
9 50 T. J. Watkins T Clemson
10 59 Corey Chamblin CB Tennessee Tech
11 62 Ryan Brewer RB South Carolina
12 71 Jon Clanton DT Nebraska
13 74 Melvin Paige T South Carolina

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2004 Rhein Fire staff
Front office
  • General Manager – Alexander Leibkind

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line – Whitey Jordan
  • Quarterbacks – Scott Milanovich
  • Running Backs – Kevin O’Neal
  • Wide Receivers – Jeff Ogden
  Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs/Special Teams – Adrian White
  • Defensive Line – Ken Clarke
  • National Coach/Linebackers – Jörn Maier
  • Defensive Assistant – James Harrell

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Juney Barnett

Roster[edit]

2004 Rhein Fire roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen
  • 70 Kevin Breedlove G
  • 79 Pita Elisara G/T
  • 66 Steven Grace C
  • 75 Chuck Klabo T
  • 64 Sean O’Connor G
  • 73 Melvin Paige T
  • 71 Chris Smith T
  • 77 Chris Ziemann T

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

  • 16 Brooks Barnard P
  •  1 Mike Shafer K
National players
  • 56 Richard Adjei LB Germany
  •  8 Ingo Anderbrügge K Germany
  • 74 Peter Heyer G Germany
  • 60 Michael Jonsson G Sweden
  • 98 Olaf Lang DL Germany
  •  9 Chris Liess WR Germany
  • 22 Laurent Marceline RB France
  • 94 Thomas Reiser DL Switzerland
  • 44 Yoan Schnee TE France
  • 40 Richard Yancy S Germany


Rookies in italics

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff [n 1] Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 Sunday, April 4 4:00 p.m. Cologne Centurions W 26–25 1–0 Arena AufSchalke 22,736
2 Saturday, April 10 7:00 p.m. Scottish Claymores W 31–3 2–0 Arena AufSchalke 17,176
3 Saturday, April 17 7:00 p.m. at Frankfurt Galaxy L 10–28 2–1 Waldstadion 27,213
4 Saturday, April 24 7:00 p.m. Berlin Thunder L 10–14 2–2 Arena AufSchalke 20,242
5 Sunday, May 2 2:00 p.m. at Scottish Claymores L 12–13 2–3 Hampden Park 9,165
6 Sunday, May 9 4:00 p.m. Amsterdam Admirals W 20–13 3–3 Arena AufSchalke 18,790
7 Sunday, May 16 4:00 p.m. at Berlin Thunder L 20–33 3–4 Olympic Stadium 15,429
8 Sunday, May 23 4:00 p.m. at Cologne Centurions L 6–7 3–5 RheinEnergieStadion 20,354
9 Saturday, May 29 7:00 p.m. Frankfurt Galaxy L 14–20 OT 3–6 Arena AufSchalke 26,417
10 Sunday, June 6 3:00 p.m. at Amsterdam Admirals L 12–22 3–7 Amsterdam ArenA 15,874

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Standings[edit]

NFL Europe League
Team W L T PCT PF PA Home Road STK
Berlin Thunder 9 1 0 .900 289 195 5–0 4–1 W4
Frankfurt Galaxy 7 3 0 .700 212 192 4–1 3–2 L1
Amsterdam Admirals 5 5 0 .500 173 191 3–2 2–3 W2
Cologne Centurions 4 6 0 .400 191 201 3–2 1–4 W1
Rhein Fire 3 7 0 .300 161 178 3–2 0–5 L4
Scottish Claymores 2 8 0 .200 128 197 1–4 1–4 L2

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Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs Cologne Centurions[edit]

Week One: Cologne Centurions at Rhein Fire – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cologne 10 6 3 6 25
Rhein 14 3 7 2 26

at Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

  • Date: Sunday, April 4
  • Game time: 4:08 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 22,736
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers

Week 2: vs Scottish Claymores[edit]

Week Two: Scottish Claymores at Rhein Fire – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Scotland 3 0 0 0 3
Rhein 0 10 14 7 31

at Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, April 10
  • Game time: 7:07 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 17,176
  • Referee: Walt Coleman

Week 3: at Frankfurt Galaxy[edit]

Week Three: Rhein Fire at Frankfurt Galaxy – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 7 3 0 0 10
Frankfurt 7 14 7 0 28

at Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, April 17
  • Game time: 7:08 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 27,213
  • Referee: Walt Anderson

Week 4: vs Berlin Thunder[edit]

Week Four: Berlin Thunder at Rhein Fire – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Berlin 0 0 0 14 14
Rhein 7 3 0 0 10

at Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, April 24
  • Game time: 7:04 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 20,242
  • Referee: Gene Steratore

Week 5: at Scottish Claymores[edit]

Week Five: Rhein Fire at Scottish Claymores – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 3 0 6 3 12
Scotland 7 0 0 6 13

at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Date: Sunday, May 2
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. BST
  • Game attendance: 9,165
  • Referee: John Parry

Week 6: vs Amsterdam Admirals[edit]

Week Six: Amsterdam Admirals at Rhein Fire – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Amsterdam 0 3 7 3 13
Rhein 14 0 3 3 20

at Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

  • Date: Sunday, May 9
  • Game time: 4:06 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 18,790
  • Referee: John Parry

Week 7: at Berlin Thunder[edit]

Week Seven: Rhein Fire at Berlin Thunder – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 0 0 7 13 20
Berlin 3 14 7 9 33

at Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany

  • Date: Sunday, May 16
  • Game time: 4:06 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 15,429
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers

Week 8: at Cologne Centurions[edit]

Week Eight: Rhein Fire at Cologne Centurions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 0 6 0 0 6
Cologne 0 0 7 0 7

at RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany

  • Date: Sunday, May 23
  • Game time: 4:07 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 20,354
  • Referee: Gene Steratore

Week 9: vs Frankfurt Galaxy[edit]

Week Nine: Frankfurt Galaxy at Rhein Fire – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Frankfurt 0 7 0 7 6 20
Rhein 7 0 7 0 0 14

at Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

  • Date: Saturday, May 29
  • Game time: 7:06 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 26,417
  • Referee: Walt Coleman

Week 10: at Amsterdam Admirals[edit]

Week Ten: Rhein Fire at Amsterdam Admirals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rhein 0 6 6 0 12
Amsterdam 7 0 8 7 22

at Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Date: Sunday, June 6
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CEST
  • Game attendance: 15,874
  • Referee: Walt Anderson

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All times local to where the game was played.

References[edit]

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  10. ^ NFL Europe League (May 25, 2004). "Galaxy reaches World Bowl for sixth time" (Press release). Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
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