Carolina Cobras (NAL)
|Carolina Cobras (NAL)|
Play in Greensboro, North Carolina
at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex
|National Arena League (2018–)|
|Team colors||Black, silver, red, white|
|Owner(s)||National Sports Ventures|
|Head coach||Billy Back|
|League championships (1)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (0)|
|Playoff appearances (1)|
The Carolina Cobras are a professional indoor football team in the National Arena League (NAL) and that began play for the 2018 season. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Cobras play their home games at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
The Cobras is the third indoor/arena team to call Greensboro home, following the Greensboro Prowlers of the af2 (2000–2003) and the Greensboro Revolution of the National Indoor Football League (2006–2007). A previous team called the Carolina Cobras played in the Arena Football League from 2000 until 2004. The AFL Cobras played three seasons in Raleigh and two in Charlotte before folding. The NAL Cobras use a logo similar in style to the defunct AFL Cobras' logo, but otherwise has no direct connection to the AFL franchise.
The Cobras were officially announced as members of the National Arena League (NAL) on December 4, 2017. In their introductory announcement, the team named former Cincinnati Commandos, Texas Revolution, Nashville Venom and Wichita Falls Nighthawks head coach Billy Back as their new coach.
The Cobras inaugural season finished with a regular season record of 10–5, taking second place in the league. The Cobras then defeated the Jacksonville Sharks in the playoff semifinal and earned the right to host the 2018 NAL Championship game at home after the first place Massachusetts Pirates lost their semifinal to the Columbus Lions. With the Lions missing several starting players including their quarterback Mason Espinosa and all running backs, the Cobras dominated Columbus in the championship game 66–8.
|League champions||Conference champions||Division champions||Playoff berth||League leader|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|2018||2018||NAL||—||—||2nd||10||5||0||Won semifinal (Jacksonville) 73–48|
Won NAL Championship (Columbus) 66–8
|Totals||10||5||0||All-time regular season record (2018)|
|2||0||—||All-time postseason record (2018)|
|12||5||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2018)|
|Carolina Cobras roster|
- "NAL Expansion Heads to North Carolina - Expansion Team in Carolina to be named Cobras". NationalArenaLeague.com. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
- "Cobras name Billy Back Head Coach - 2016 IFL Coach of the Year set to lead Carolina in 2018". NationalArenaLeague.com. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
- "Cobras Playoff Victory Over Sharks". NationalArenaLeague.com. August 15, 2018.
- "Columbus Lions throttled in national championship game". Ledger-Enquirer. August 28, 2018.
- "Carolina Cobras win National Arena League football championship". Greensboro.com. August 27, 2018.