Los Angeles Cobras
|League||Arena Football League|
|Based in||Los Angeles, California|
|Arena||Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena|
|Colors||Navy, Goldenrod, White
|Head coach||Ray Willsey|
|General Manager||Mike Hope|
|Playoff berths||1 (1988)|
On March 16, 1988, it was announced that team would be nicknamed the Cobras, as well as the introduction of head coach Ray Willsey. The Cobras played their home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, which they shared with the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. The team's logo consisted of an interlocking "LA" in which the left upright of the "A" was formed by the hooded head and "neck" of a cobra.
Despite a lineup that featured former NFL all-pro receiver Cliff Branch, ex-UCLA quarterback Matt Stevens and future Arena Football Hall of Famer Gary Mullen, Los Angeles drew dismal crowds: just 7,507 per game, second-worst in the AFL. The Cobras lost in the semifinals to the Chicago Bruisers, 29-16. It turned out to be their last game ever as the Cobras (as well as the New York Knights and the New England Steamrollers) folded after the 1988 season, temporarily cutting the league down to just three teams.
|1988 Los Angeles Cobras roster|
Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs
Offensive Linemen/Defensive Linemen
Rookies in italics
Arena Football League Hall of Famers
|Los Angeles Cobras Hall of Famers|
|No.||Name||Year Inducted||Position(s)||Years w/ Cobras|
The following Cobras players have been named to All-Arena Teams:
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 1988 Arena Football League season.
- Head coach: Ray Willsey
- Assistant coach: Lew Erber
- Running back & special teams coach: Russ Steele
- Football operations coordinator: Larry Westbrook
- Trainer: Nick Ortenzo
- Equipment manager: Marty Hopkins
|1988||5||6||1||4th||Lost Week 1 (Chicago 29-16)|
- The Cobras are also featured in the film Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects starring Charles Bronson. One scene takes place during a Cobras/Bruisers game, presumably the final regular season contest played July 14, 1988 (this game also had the distinction of ending 37-37, making it the first tie game in arena football history). The film was released in early 1989.
- The Cobras were also featured as an unlockable team in EA Sports' Arena Football.
- Lonnie White (March 17, 1988). "Arena Football : Ray Willsey Will Coach L.A.'s Cobras". www.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
- Lonnie White (April 30, 2013). "Cobras, Arena Football Make L.A. Debut Tonight". www.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
- Lonnie White (May 21, 1988). "Now, Matt Stevens' Job Is to Turn the Cobras Around". www.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
- Lonnie White (July 23, 1988). "L.A. Is a Tough Arena for Indoor Football : Cobras Are Still Making Some Gains Despite Competition for Sports Dollar". www.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
- Lonnie White (April 6, 1988). "Branch, Stevens Head Cobra Picks". www.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
- "Box Score LA @ Chicago July 23, 1988". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved September 23, 2013.