2019 Memphis Express season

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2019 Memphis Express season
Head coachMike Singletary
General managerWill Lewis
OwnerAlliance of American Football
Home fieldLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Results
Record2–6
League place3rd (tie), Eastern Conference
Memphis Express

The 2019 Memphis Express season was the first season for the Memphis Express as a professional American football franchise; they played as charter members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). They were one of eight teams to compete in the AAF for the 2019 season. The Express played their home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and were led by head coach Mike Singletary.

On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were reportedly suspended,[1][2] and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams.[3]

Final Standings[edit]

2019 Alliance of American Football standings
Eastern Conference
Club W–L PCT CONF PF PA DIFF SOS SOV STK
(x)Orlando Apollos 7–1 .875 5–0 236 136 100 .406 .375 W2
(x)Birmingham Iron 5–3 .625 3–2 165 133 32 .406 .300 W1
(e)Memphis Express 2–6 .250 1–4 152 194 -42 .578 .500 L1
(e)Atlanta Legends 2–6 .250 1–4 88 213 -125 .609 .438 L3
Western Conference
Club W–L PCT CONF PF PA DIFF SOS SOV STK
San Antonio Commanders 5–3 .625 3–2 158 154 4 .516 .450 L1
Arizona Hotshots 5–3 .625 3–2 186 144 42 .469 .500 W3
San Diego Fleet 3–5 .375 2–3 158 161 -3 .469 .417 L3
Salt Lake Stallions 3–5 .375 2–3 135 143 -8 .547 .417 W1
(x)–clinched playoff berth; (e)–eliminated from playoff contention

Final roster[edit]

2019 Memphis Express final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

  • 21 Terrell Bonds CB
  • 31 Jonathan Cook SS
  • 39 Jeremy Cutrer CB
  • 24 Charles James CB
  • 45 Colton Jumper SS
  • 28 Brandon Maiden SS
  • 33 Justin Martin CB
  • 30 Channing Stribling CB
  • 25 Arnold Tarpley III FS

Special teams

Reserve lists

Rights list

  • -- Jarvion Franklin RB


50 Active, 14 Inactive

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Day Date Opponent Results Location
Score Record
Monday January 28 at Salt Lake Stallions L 22–29 Alamodome

Regular season[edit]

All times Central

Week Day Date Kickoff TV Opponent Results Location
Score Record
1 Sunday February 10 3:00 p.m. CBSSN at Birmingham Iron L 0–26 0–1 Legion Field
2 Saturday February 16 7:00 p.m. NFLN Arizona Hotshots L 18–20 0–2 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
3 Saturday February 23 7:00 p.m. NFLN at Orlando Apollos L 17–21 0–3 Spectrum Stadium
4 Saturday March 2 3:00 p.m. B/R Livedagger San Diego Fleet W 26–23 1–3 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
5 Sunday March 10 3:00 p.m. CBSSN at Atlanta Legends L 20–23 1–4 Georgia State Stadium
6 Saturday March 16 3:00 p.m. B/R Live at Salt Lake Stallions L 9–22 1–5 Rice–Eccles Stadium
7 Sunday March 24 7:00 p.m. NFLN Birmingham Iron W 31–25 OT 2–5 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
8 Saturday March 30 1:00 p.m. TNTdagger Orlando Apollos L 31–34 2–6 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
9 Saturday April 6 11:00 a.m. CBSdagger at San Antonio Commanders Not played Alamodome
10 Saturday April 13 7:00 p.m. NFLN Atlanta Legends Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

dagger Changed from original time and/or network.[4][5]
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Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Birmingham[edit]

Week One: Memphis Express at Birmingham Iron – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Express 0 0 000
Iron 3 6 01726

at Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Game information

Week 2: Arizona[edit]

Week Two: Arizona Hotshots at Memphis Express – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Hotshots 0 0 61420
Express 9 3 0618

at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Game information

Week 3: at Orlando[edit]

Week Three: Memphis Express at Orlando Apollos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Express 0 0 61117
Apollos 9 0 6621

at Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Game information

Week 4: San Diego[edit]

Week Four: San Diego Fleet at Memphis Express – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Fleet 14 6 0323
Express 3 12 01126

at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Game information

Week 5: at Atlanta[edit]

Week Five: Memphis Express at Atlanta Legends – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Express 6 6 8020
Legends 3 11 0923

at Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 6: at Salt Lake[edit]

Week Six: Memphis Express at Salt Lake Stallions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Express 0 9 009
Stallions 16 3 0322

at Rice–Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

Game information

Week 7: Birmingham[edit]

Week Seven: Birmingham Iron at Memphis Express – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Iron 8 8 36025
Express 0 8 611631

at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Game information

This was the first overtime game in AAF history. Despite newly signed quarterback Johnny Manziel playing a few series for the Express, starter Brandon Silvers led the team to a comeback victory, keeping its slim postseason chances alive.[14]

Week 8: Orlando[edit]

Week Eight: Orlando Apollos at Memphis Express – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Apollos 3 11 81234
Express 0 9 14831

at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Game information

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Schwartz, Nick (April 4, 2019). "AAF star Keith Reaser becomes first player to sign NFL deal after league shutdown". USA Today. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Florio, Mike (February 25, 2019). "AAF does its first-ever scheduling flex". NBC Sports. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "CBS SPORTS ELEVATES TWO ALLIANCE GAMES TO CBS TELEVISION NETWORK". Alliance of American Football. March 14, 2019. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
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  8. ^ Filipe, Cameron (February 13, 2019). "Alliance of American Football: Week 2, 2019". Football Zebras. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
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  11. ^ Filipe, Cameron (March 9, 2019). "Alliance of American Football: Week 5, 2019". Football Zebras. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  12. ^ Filipe, Cameron (March 14, 2019). "Alliance of American Football: Week 6, 2019". Football Zebras. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Filipe, Cameron (March 21, 2019). "Alliance of American Football: Week 7, 2019". Football Zebras. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Anderson, Brett (March 24, 2019). "AAF Week 7 scores, updates, highlights: Johnny Manziel debuts, but other Express QB wins it in OT". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Filipe, Cameron (March 28, 2019). "Alliance of American Football: Week 8, 2019". Football Zebras. Retrieved March 30, 2019.