2014 Cleveland Gladiators season

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2014 Cleveland Gladiators season
Gladiators 2014 Am Conf Champs.png
Head coach Steve Thonn
Home field Quicken Loans Arena
Results
Record 17–1
Division place 1st AC East
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Round 39-37 (Soul)
Won American Conference Championship 56-46 (Predators)
Lost ArenaBowl XXVII (Rattlers) 32–72

The 2014 Cleveland Gladiators season was the 15th season for the franchise in the Arena Football League, and their fifth while in Cleveland. The team was coached by Steve Thonn and plays their home games at Quicken Loans Arena. By finishing the regular season with a 17–1 record, the Gladiators set a league record for wins in a single season (this record was tied one year later by the San Jose SaberCats).

Standings[edit]

East Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
z-Cleveland Gladiators 17 1 .944 991 782 7–1 12–1 9–0 8–1
x-Pittsburgh Power 15 3 .833 1015 778 6–2 11–2 8–1 7–2
x-Philadelphia Soul 9 9 .500 1021 949 2–5 7–7 7–2 2–7
Iowa Barnstormers 6 12 .333 848 1046 0–7 2–10 3–6 3–6

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

Schedule[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Gladiators began the season by visiting the Pittsburgh Power on March 15. Their final regular season game was on July 26, on the road against the Tampa Bay Storm.[1]

Week Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance Report
Score Record
1 Saturday March 15 5:00 p.m. EDT at Pittsburgh Power W 63–53 1–0 Consol Energy Center 7,742 [2]
2 Bye
3 Saturday March 29 8:00 p.m. EDT at New Orleans VooDoo W 37–26 2–0 Smoothie King Center 5,695 [3]
4 Friday April 4 7:30 p.m. EDT Iowa Barnstormers W 54–47 3–0 Quicken Loans Arena 10,255 [4]
5 Saturday April 12 10:00 p.m. EDT at Los Angeles Kiss W 40–30 4–0 Honda Center 10,570 [5]
6 Saturday April 19 10:00 p.m. EDT at Spokane Shock W 52–50 5–0 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 8,752 [6]
7 Saturday April 26 7:00 p.m. EDT Pittsburgh Power W 55–28 6–0 Quicken Loans Arena 11,083 [7]
8 Bye
9 Saturday May 10 7:00 p.m. EDT Los Angeles Kiss W 45–42 7–0 Quicken Loans Arena 10,472 [8]
10 Saturday May 17 8:05 p.m. EDT at Iowa Barnstormers W 63–46 8–0 Wells Fargo Arena 7,156 [9]
11 Friday May 23 7:00 p.m. EDT Philadelphia Soul W 54–52 9–0 Quicken Loans Arena 10,659 [10]
12 Saturday May 31 5:00 p.m. EDT at Pittsburgh Power L 34–48 9–1 Consol Energy Center 5,348 [11]
13 Saturday June 7 7:00 p.m. EDT Iowa Barnstormers W 86–49 10–1 Quicken Loans Arena 9,857 [12]
14 Saturday June 14 7:00 p.m. EDT New Orleans VooDoo W 62–46 11–1 Quicken Loans Arena 9,404 [13]
15 Saturday June 21 6:00 p.m. EDT at Philadelphia Soul W 69–68 12–1 Wells Fargo Center 8,033 [14]
16 Friday June 27 7:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Storm W 48–41 13–1 Quicken Loans Arena 10,855 [15]
17 Saturday July 5 7:00 p.m. EDT Portland Thunder W 61–40 14–1 Quicken Loans Arena 9,840 [16]
18 Saturday July 12 8:00 p.m. EDT at San Antonio Talons W 50–47 (OT) 15–1 Alamodome 8,217 [17]
19 Saturday July 19 7:00 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Sharks W 62–20 16–1 Quicken Loans Arena 13,064 [18]
20 Saturday July 26 7:30 p.m. EDT at Tampa Bay Storm W 56–49 17–1 Tampa Bay Times Forum 14,770 [19]

Playoffs[edit]

Round Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance Report
AC Semifinals Saturday August 2 7:00 p.m. EDT Philadelphia Soul W 39–37 Quicken Loans Arena 12,648 [20]
AC Championship Sunday August 10 3:00 p.m. EDT Orlando Predators W 56–46 Quicken Loans Arena 14,543
ArenaBowl XXVII Saturday August 23 8:00 p.m. EDT Arizona Rattlers L 32–72 Quicken Loans Arena 18,410

Final roster[edit]

2014 Cleveland Gladiators roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

  • Currently vacant

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Injured reserve

Other league exempt

Refused to report

League suspension

Inactive reserve

Recallable reassignment

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 8, 2014
25 Active, 18 Inactive

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Gladiators Victorious in Opener". Cleveland Gladiators. Arenafan.com. March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Gladiators suffer first loss of season in Pittsburgh, 48-34". Cleveland Gladiators. Arenafan.com. May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Gladiators Win Fourth Straight, Top Tampa Bay 48-41". Cleveland Gladiators. Arenafan.com. June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Gladiators Win Fifth Straight, Top Portland 61-40". Cleveland Gladiators. Arenafan.com. July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Gladiators win East Division, Lock up first place in American Conference with overtime win". Cleveland Gladiators. Arenafan.com. July 12, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Gladiators Win 7th Straight, Top Jacksonville 62-20". Cleveland Gladiators. Arenafan.com. July 20, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Gladiators Set AFL Record with 17th Win, Clinch home-field advantage throughout playoffs with win". Cleveland Gladiators. Arenafan.com. July 12, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Gladiators Beat Soul on Last Play, Again". Cleveland Gladiators. Arenafan.com. August 3, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  21. ^ "LeBron James's Cleveland Cavaliers make history with NBA Finals win over Golden State". www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-31.