2007 Tampa Bay Storm season

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2007 Tampa Bay Storm season
Head coach Tim Marcum
Home field St. Pete Times Forum
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd
Playoff finish L 56–55 vs. Columbus

The 2007 Tampa Bay Storm season was the 21st season for the team in the Arena Football League and 17th in Tampa. They tried to improve upon their 7–9 record from 2006 in the Southern Division, and looking to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The apparent cause of their turnaround from an 0–5 start was the replacement of John Kaleo at quarterback with Brett Dietz. Whereas they were a combined 1–6 under Kaleo and the injured Stoney Case, they were 8–1 under Dietz. On June 13, two weeks after being placed on "left squad", T.T. Toliver was released by the Storm and subsequently signed with the Orlando Predators. On June 23, they clinched the #3 seed in the National Conference, and hosted a home playoff game vs. the #6 seed in the National Conference, the Columbus Destroyers. Unfortunately for the Storm, Columbus beat the Storm with a 56–55 win.

Coaching[edit]

Tim Marcum, head coach since 1995, entered his 13th year as Storm head coach.

Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Home/Away Result
1 March 2 Orlando Predators Home L 52–27
2 March 10 Dallas Desperados Away L 59–40
3 March 17 Georgia Force Home L 61–47
4 March 23 New York Dragons Home L 59–52
5 March 31 San Jose SaberCats Away L 69–49
6 April 7 New Orleans Voodoo Home W 66–43
7 April 14 Orlando Predators Away L 61–37
8 Bye Week
9 April 29 Columbus Destroyers Home W 34–32
10 May 6 Austin Wranglers Away W 66–45
11 May 12 Los Angeles Avengers Away W 40–37
12 May 18 Arizona Rattlers Home W 59–50
13 May 26 Georgia Force Away L 52–38
14 June 2 New Orleans Voodoo Away W 61–55
15 June 9 Philadelphia Soul Home W 69–59
16 June 16 Grand Rapids Rampage Away W 69–40
17 June 23 Austin Wranglers Home W 55–51

Playoff Schedule[edit]

Round Date Opponent Home/Away Result
1st June 30 (6) Columbus Destroyers Home L 56–55

Personnel moves[edit]

Acquired[edit]

Departures[edit]

Roster[edit]

Tampa Bay Storm roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Injured players Injury icon 2.svg

Practice Squad

Refused to Report

Exempt List

Stats[edit]

Offense[edit]

Quarterback[edit]

Place Player Name Completions Attempts Comp% Yards TD's INT's Long Rating
1 Brett Dietz 199 302 65.9% 2395 47 7 47 119.3
2 John Kaleo 133 199 66.8% 1464 18 6 40 98.5
3 Stoney Case 48 73 65.8% 540 6 2 45 96.8

Running Backs[edit]

Place Player Name Car Yards Avg TD's Long
1 Torrance Marshall 55 107 1.9 17 9
2 Rodney Filer 27 96 3.6 9 14
3 Marvin Brown 9 43 4.8 1 23
4 *T.T. Toliver 5 24 4.8 0 13
5 John Kaleo 8 16 2 1 7
6 Brett Dietz 10 7 0.7 2 4
7 Stoney Case 4 4 1 2 3
8 Clenton Crossley 6 3 0.5 0 3
9 Rod Williams 1 1 1 0 1
10 Jarrod Penright 3 −3 −1 0 1

Wide Receivers[edit]

Place Player Name Rec. Yards Avg TD's Long
1 Terrill Shaw 101 1411 14 24 47
2 *T.T. Toliver 99 1193 12.1 17 45
3 Lawrence Samuels 122 1143 9.4 15 35
4 Hank Edwards 22 251 11.4 7 29
5 Karl Williams 10 140 14 3 39
6 Marvin Brown 2 35 17.5 1 20
7 Tom Kaleita 3 26 8.7 1 12
8 Torrance Marshall 3 23 7.7 0 9
9 Rodney Filer 3 20 6.7 0 10
10 Jesse Martine 2 14 7 1 12

Touchdowns[edit]

Place Player Name TD's Rush Rec Ret Pts
1 Terrill Shaw 24 0 24 0 144
2 *T.T. Toliver 17 0 17 0 102
2 Torrance Marshall 17 17 0 0 102
4 Lawrence Samuels 15 0 15 0 96
5 Rodney Filer 9 9 0 0 54
6 Hank Edwards 7 0 7 0 42
7 Stoney Case 2 2 0 0 12
8 Brett Dietz 2 2 0 0 12
9 Karl Williams 2 0 1 1 12
10 Ernest Certain 1 0 1 0 6
11 Tom Kaleita 1 0 1 0 6
12 John Kaleo 1 1 0 0 6
13 Marvin Brown 1 1 0 0 6
13 Lincoln Kennedy 1 0 0 1 6

Defense[edit]

Place Player Name Tackles Solo Assisted Sack Solo Assisted INT Yards TD's Long
1 Jeroid Johnson 96 88 16 0 0 0 10 152 2 45
2 Khalid Naziruddin 70 65 10 0 0 0 3 62 0 24
3 Traco Rachal 69.5 64 11 0 0 0 2 11 0 7
4 Lawrence Samuels 38 31 14 0 0 0 3 38 1 16
5 Alex Wallace 3.5 31 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
6 Tom Briggs 28.5 25 7 5 5 0 0 0 0 0
7 Bo Rogers 22.5 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Tim McGill 18 16 4 5 5 0 0 0 0 0
9 Torrance Marshall 17.5 17 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 Mark Word 14 13 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
11 *T.T. Toliver 12 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Bryon Jones 9 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Jarrod Penright 8.5 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Nyle Wiren 7 5 4 0 0 0 2 14 0 14
15 Ernest Certain 5.5 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Marcus Owen 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Terrill Shaw 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Karl Williams 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Seth Marler 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Rodney Filer 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Hank Edwards 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 John Kaleo 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Lincoln Kennedy 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Marvin Brown 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Special Teams[edit]

Kick Return[edit]

Place Player Name Ret Yards TD's Long Avg Ret Yards TD's Long Avg
1 Karl Williams 46 810 1 55 17.6 0 0 0 0 0
2 *T.T. Toliver 23 458 0 41 19.9 4 78 0 28 19.5
3 Terrill Shaw 7 50 0 17 7.1 0 0 0 0 0
4 Lawrence Samuels 1 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
5 Jeroid Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 3 46 0 33 15.3
6 Alex Wallace 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 5 5
7 Lincoln Kennedy 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 4 4
8 John Kaleo 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
8 Traco Rachal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kicking[edit]

Place Player Name Extra pt. Extra pt. Att. FG FGA Long Pct. Pts
1 Seth Marler 92 99 16 20 41 0.800 140
2 Matt Leach 4 6 0 1 0 0.000 4
3 Bill Gramatica 0 4 1 3 37 0.333 3

*Waived [1]

Playoff Stats[edit]

Offense[edit]

Quarterback[edit]

Player Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's
Brett Dietz 27 40 67.5 315 6 1

Running Backs[edit]

Player Car. Yards Avg. TD's Long
Marvin Brown 2 8 4 0 4
Torrance Marshall 2 4 2 1 3
Brett Dietz 2 2 2 1 2

Wide Receivers[edit]

Player Rec. Yards Avg. TD's Long
Lawrence Samuels 11 116 10.5 1 18
Terrill Shaw 9 112 12.4 4 26
Hank Edwards 3 39 13 1 17
Karl Williams 3 39 13 0 17
Marvin Brown 1 9 9 0 9

Special Teams[edit]

Kick Return[edit]

Player Ret Yards Avg Long
Karl Williams 5 99 19.8 35
Terrill Shaw 3 8 2.7 8
Jeroid Johnson 1 13 13 13

Kicking[edit]

Player Extra pt. Extra pt. Att. FG FGA Long Pts
Seth Marler 7 8 0 1 7

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
ORL 21 7 7 17 52
TAM 6 6 9 6 27

at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

The Storm opened their season with a lousy performance March 2 against their rivals the Orlando Predators. Kicker Bill Gramatica missed four extra point attempts while Predators player DeAndrew Rubin scored on two long plays to give Orlando a 14–0 lead that would hold up for the entire game as they won going away 52–27.

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 15,619

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
ORL 19 20 329 1/0 15 6/32 31:12 3/6 0/1
TB 17 13 289 2/1 0 7/35 28:48 4/8 1/1

Week 2: at Dallas Desperados[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
TAM 13 6 7 14 40
DAL 13 13 13 20 59

at the American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

In their opening road game, they again lost soundly. Despite being tied as late as the third quarter, Will Pettis, on two long plays (56 and 23 yards, respectively) gave Dallas a lead they would not lose. They went on to dominate the fourth quarter as well to win 59–40 and pick up their second victory while Tampa Bay went home to play Georgia still looking for their second victory.

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 13,805

Recap: DAL 59 TAM 40

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
TB 19 31 271 1/0 0 10/56 30:55 3/7 1/3
DAL 23 30 294 0/0 0 11/83 29:05 3/4 0/1

Week 3: vs Georgia Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
GEO 14 12 14 21 61
TAM 13 6 21 7 47

at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

Still looking for their first win in week 3 vs. divisional rival the Georgia Force, the Storm would keep a close game well into the 2nd half of the game. Both Dan Burnett and Seth Marler missed on two extra point attempts. For the Force, however, they would prevail on the strength of a 21-point fourth quarter to finish the Storm and win 61–47, which left the Storm again without their first victory.

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 13,664

Recap: GEO 61 TAM 47

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
GEO 21 18 296 1/1 0 9/41 23:42 1/3 0/0
TB 24 47 242 2/2 0 9/63 36:18 4/7 0/2

Week 4: vs New York Dragons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NYD 14 17 7 21 59
TAM 21 17 7 7 52

at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bay finally looked like they would pick up their first victory of the season as they seemingly always answered New York's touchdowns into the early part of the 4th quarter. But, despite a 52–38 lead, they lost 59–52 when they allowed a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give New York their first lead and only lead of the game. This left the Storm still looking for their first win of 2007.

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 13,134

Recap: NYD 59 TAM 52

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
NY 24 41 295 2/2 0 5/30 27:10 2/3 0/0
TB 20 30 273 1/1 5 12/92 32:50 4/9 3/4

Week 5: at San Jose SaberCats[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
TAM 14 21 7 7 49
SJS 28 20 14 7 69

at the HP Pavilion, San Jose, California

Heading out west, still winless, the Storm took on the 1–2 San Jose SaberCats. And again, the Storm would come up on the losing end as they lost soundly 69–49 to San Jose. San Jose scored two touchdowns in the first 2:36 of the game which gave them a quick 14–0 lead that they would not relinquish, as the Storm headed home 0–5 and their playoff hopes seemingly dashed. In this game, Stoney Case replaced John Kaleo as starting quarterback.

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 13,916

Recap: SJ 69 TAM 49

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
TB 23 22 271 2/2 0 7/46 33:38 1/6 3/4
SJ 22 24 284 0/0 4 8/42 26:22 1/1 0/0

Week 6: vs New Orleans VooDoo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NO 13 10 6 14 43
TAM 14 28 7 17 66

at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

Heading home, the Storm finally won their first game of the season in convincing fashion, with a 66–43 drumming of the New Orleans VooDoo, playing their first game vs. New Orleans since 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, Stoney Case, who replaced John Kaleo as quarterback, was injured for the rest of the season, which left Kaleo as starting QB again.

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 16,644

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
NO 19 25 309 3/2 0 8/42 32:08 3/9 2/3
TB 20 38 228 2/2 26 11/81 27:52 1/3 0/1

Week 7: at Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
TAM 3 6 7 21 37
ORL 0 35 12 14 61

at Hummer Field at Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 15,303

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
TB 23 10 307 3/3 0 10/57 29:36 3/6 1/2
ORL 17 25 188 1/1 57 8/73 30:24 3/5 0/0

Week 9: vs Columbus Destroyers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CLB 7 6 13 6 32
TAM 7 3 14 10 34

at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 15,303

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
CLB 15 8 204 0/0 0 11/49 22:33 3/6 1/1
TB 20 3 266 0/0 0 12/84 36:27 5/9 0/1

Week 10: at Austin Wranglers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
TAM 10 14 14 28 66
AUS 7 10 14 14 45

at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 13,110

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
TB 23 16 286 1/0 0 11/55 33:29 2/4 0/1
AUS 13 9 288 0/0 0 6/41 26:31 1/9 4/7

Week 11: at Los Angeles Avengers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
TAM 10 7 3 20 40
LA 7 16 7 7 37

at the Staples Center, Los Angeles

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 12,439

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
TB 15 5 224 0/0 0 16/78 27:37 2/8 2/2
LA 17 6 197 0/0 0 3/24 32:23 3/9 3/4

Week 12: vs Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
ARI 14 20 9 7 50
TAM 10 28 14 7 59

at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 16,044

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
ARI 17 6 352 1/0 0 7/75 31:25 3/8 2/3
TB 21 3 337 0/0 0 5/28 28:35 1/3 0/0

Week 13: at Georgia Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
TAM 3 14 14 7 38
GEO 7 17 7 21 52

at Philips Arena, Atlanta

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 10,749

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
TB 23 14 222 0/0 0 11/58 32:26 6/8 1/1
GEO 23 2 296 1/1 0 12/76 27:34 3/4 0/0

Week 14: at New Orleans VooDoo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
TAM 20 14 14 13 61
NO 14 0 14 27 55

at New Orleans Arena, New Orleans

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 16,821

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
TB 22 5 315 1/1 0 9/47 32:47 0/3 0/0
NO 29 3 364 2/0 0 5/32 27:13 1/5 1/2

Week 15: vs Philadelphia Soul[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
PHI 14 13 12 20 59
TAM 20 14 7 28 69

at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 17,654

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
PHI 22 17 298 1/1 0 13/77 27:22 1/3 1/1
TB 21 23 276 0/0 4 3/45 32:38 7/10 1/1

Week 16: at Grand Rapids Rampage[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
TAM 17 21 3 28 69
GR 7 27 6 0 40

at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan

In a sloppy game that saw 11 turnovers, an AFL record.

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 6,115

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
TB 18 12 272 3/3 7 4/34 29:30 5/8 0/0
GR 18 56 297 5/5 37 9/53 30:30 3/7 2/3

Week 17: vs Austin Wranglers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
AUS 0 20 14 17 51
TAM 10 15 3 27 55

at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 18,244

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
AUS 24 4 340 0/0 0 9/79 35:42 3/7 2/3
TB 16 19 262 2/2 0 10/51 24:18 0/5 2/2

Playoffs[edit]

Week 1: vs (6) Columbus Destroyers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
(6) CLB 14 21 7 14 56
(3) TAM 14 21 7 13 55

at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

The Storm entered the playoffs for the first time since 2005, and coming off an 8–1 stretch that earned them a home-field berth, they faced the team that they won their first game in the stretch against, the Columbus Destroyers. In a game that was back-and-forth scoring, the key play was a missed extra point by Storm kicker Seth Marler with 1:06 left in the game. Following a delay-of-game penalty, Marler missed an extra point attempt that, had he made it, would have given the Storm a 56–49 lead. After Columbus got the ball on the ensuing kickoff, they drove down to the Storm 1-yard line with 10 seconds left. Columbus QB Matt Nagy called his own number and sneaked into the Storm endzone with 7.9 left in the game, and, after the extra point attempt, the Destroyers had a 56–55 lead and looked to pull off the upset. With 3 seconds left and at their own 10-yard line, Marler tried to make amends by attempting a field goal that, if good, would give the Storm a 58–56 win and a game against division rival Georgia. Marler's kick looked good to begin with, but curved off to the left and missed, giving Columbus the upset win and abruptly ending the Storm's season.

Scoring summary:

1st Quarter:

2nd Quarter:

3rd Quarter:

4th Quarter:

Attendance: 10,221

Team 1st Down. Rush. Yds Pass. Yds Fumbles/lost Fumble yds Penal./yds TOP 3rd Down. 4th Down.
CLB 20 22 260 0/0 0 12/63 19:27 4/6 1/2
TB 29 14 315 0/0 0 11/63 40:33 3/5 1/1

Notes[edit]

  • For scoring summaries, weeks 1–6 are from arenafootball.com, and weeks 7–17 and playoffs are from espn.com. All awards and game-comparison statistics are from arenafan.com

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