2008 Dallas Desperados season

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2008 Dallas Desperados season
Head coach Will McClay
Home field American Airlines Center
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 2nd
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Dragons) 63–77

The 2008 Dallas Desperados season is the seventh season for the franchise. The Desperados finished the regular season 12–4, but despite having the second best record in the National Conference, they made the playoffs as the 3rd seed because they did not win their division. Their Wild Card round opponent was the New York Dragons, a team which the Desperados had defeated in both regular season meetings. The Dragons, unfortunately for the Desperados, won the game that counted the most of the three, eliminating the Desperados from the playoffs by a score of 77–63.

Standings[edit]

Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
z-Philadelphia Soul 13 3 .813 922 810 7–1 9–2 7–1 6–2
x-Dallas Desperados 12 4 .750 861 798 6–2 9–2 6–2 6–2
x-Cleveland Gladiators 9 7 .563 901 895 4–4 5–6 6–2 3–5
x-New York Dragons 8 8 .500 822 819 2–6 4–7 5–3 3–5
Columbus Destroyers 3 13 .188 750 893 1–7 2–10 2–6 1–7

z - Clinched division and conference's best record
x - Clinched playoff berth

Regular season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Home/Away Result
1 March 1 Georgia Force Away W 51–41
2 March 7 Columbus Destroyers Home W 46–36
3 March 17 Colorado Crush Home W 51–40
4 March 22 San Jose SaberCats Away W 59–56
5 March 30 New York Dragons Away W 33–31
6 April 5 Cleveland Gladiators Home W 58–51
7 April 12 New Orleans VooDoo Home W 55–44
8 Bye Week
9 April 28 Philadelphia Soul Away L 28–57
10 May 3 Columbus Destroyers Away W 48–45
11 May 10 Grand Rapids Rampage Home W 65–54
12 May 17 Arizona Rattlers Home L 54–55
13 May 23 Orlando Predators Away W 67–41
14 May 31 Cleveland Gladiators Away W 68–52
15 June 7 Philadelphia Soul Home L 64–71
16 June 14 New York Dragons Home W 51–49
17 June 22 Chicago Rush Away L 63–75

Playoff schedule[edit]

Round Date Opponent Home/Away Result
NC Wild Card June 27 New York Dragons Home L 63–77

Coaching[edit]

  • Will McClay – Head Coach
  • Steve Criswell – Assistant OL/FB
  • Adriel Fenton – Defensive Quality Control/Special Teams Assistant
  • James Fuller – Defensive Coordinator/Special Teams
  • Tony Ollison – Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Phill Penn – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Deatrich Wise – Dir. Player Programs/OL/DL/FB/LB

Roster[edit]

2008 Dallas Desperados roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide receivers

Offensive/Defensive linemen Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Injured reserve

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics
Roster updated July 26, 2008
19 Active, 8 Inactive

Stats[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Georgia Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
DAL 14 13 7 17 51
GA 13 7 0 21 41

at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia

  • Date: March 1
  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 10,224

Week 2: vs. Columbus Destroyers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CLB 7 10 7 12 36
DAL 14 19 6 7 46

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: March 7
  • Game time: 8:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,432

Week 3: vs. Colorado Crush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
COL 14 6 6 14 40
DAL 7 10 20 14 51

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: March 17
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,576

Week 4: at San Jose SaberCats[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
DAL 13 16 6 24 59
SJ 7 21 7 21 56

at HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, California

  • Date: March 22
  • Game time: 10:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 11,472

Week 5: at New York Dragons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
DAL 14 0 3 16 33
NY 7 10 14 0 31

at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

  • Date: March 30
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 8,216

Week 6: vs. Cleveland Gladiators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
CLE 7 17 10 17 51
DAL 7 21 20 10 58

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: April 5
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 11,497

Week 7: vs. New Orleans VooDoo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NO 3 21 13 7 44
DAL 7 20 21 7 55

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: April 12
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,314

Week 8[edit]

Bye Week

Week 9: at Philadelphia Soul[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
DAL 0 13 7 8 28
PHI 14 23 6 14 57

at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: April 28
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 15,426

Week 10: at Columbus Destroyers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
DAL 14 6 14 14 48
CLB 13 20 6 6 45

at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: May 3
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 14,310

Week 11: vs. Grand Rapids Rampage[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
GR 13 17 14 10 54
DAL 16 21 14 14 65

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: May 10
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 11,476

Week 12: vs. Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
ARZ 0 15 13 27 55
DAL 7 7 21 19 54

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: May 17
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,950

Week 13: at Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
DAL 7 21 25 14 67
ORL 14 14 6 7 41

at Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

  • Date: May 23
  • Game time: 8:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,366

Week 14: at Cleveland Gladiators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
DAL 7 27 14 20 68
CLE 10 21 14 7 52

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: May 31
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 11,717

Week 15: vs. Philadelphia Soul[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
PHI 14 28 14 15 71
DAL 21 15 14 14 64

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: June 7
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 11,943

Week 16: vs. New York Dragons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NY 7 7 21 14 49
DAL 14 17 13 7 51

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: June 14
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 12,042

Week 17: at Chicago Rush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
DAL 14 21 0 28 63
CHI 21 14 13 27 75

at Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

  • Date: June 22
  • Game time: 4:00 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 16,260

Playoffs[edit]

National Conference Wild Card: vs. (6) New York Dragons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
(6) NY 14 21 14 28 77
(3) DAL 7 21 7 28 63

at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

  • Date: June 27
  • Game time: 7:30 PM EST
  • Game attendance: 10,076