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Atlanta Legends
Established 2018
Folded 2019
Played in Georgia State Stadium
Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Legends logo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019)
  • Eastern Conference (2019)
Team colorsPurple, gold & white
              
Personnel
General managerBilly Devaney
Head coachKevin Coyle
Team history
  • Atlanta Legends (2019)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Atlanta Legends were a professional American football franchise based in Atlanta, Georgia, and one of the eight members of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), which played one season from February 2019 to April 2019.[1] They played their home games at Georgia State Stadium on the campus of Georgia State University. The Legends were one of two AAF teams based in a city that already had an NFL team (the Atlanta Falcons; the other team was the Arizona Hotshots, where the NFL's Cardinals were based). The Legends were coached by Kevin Coyle, one of two AAF coaches without prior head coaching experience, after the position became available when Brad Childress resigned a month before the season began.[2] Billy Devaney was the general manager.

On April 2, 2019, the league's football operations were reportedly suspended,[3][4] and on April 4 the league allowed players to leave their contracts to sign with NFL teams.[5] The league filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2019.[6]

History

The Alliance Atlanta team was announced by the league on April 25, 2018, as its second initial team. Additionally, the head coach, Brad Childress, and offensive coordinator, Michael Vick, were announced.[7][8] On September 20, the league announced for four eastern inaugural franchises' names and logos including Atlanta as the Atlanta Legends.[9] The name and colors (purple, gold, white) are tributes to famous historical figures from the city, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Hank Aaron.[10][11]

Childress resigned a month before the start of the 2019 season, and Kevin Coyle, initially hired as the team's defensive coordinator, took Childress's place.[12] On February 7, 2019, two days before their first game, head coach Coyle announced that Vick would be unable to fill his role as offensive coordinator and would instead act as an advisor to the team.[13] Rich Bartel, who replaced Vick as de facto offensive coordinator and play-caller, abruptly resigned two days before the team's home opener,[14] prompting the team to hire Ken Zampese to lead the offense.[15]

The team's first game was at Spectrum Stadium against the Orlando Apollos on Saturday, February 9, 2019,[16] where they lost 40–6.[17] Their first home game was on February 24 against the Birmingham Iron, where they lost 28–12.[16] After starting the season 0–3, the Legends recorded their first win against the Arizona Hotshots on March 3, 2019.[18]

Personnel

Staff

Atlanta Legends staff
Front Office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

 

Sports Medicine Staff

Equipment Staff

Video staff

Coaching Staff

Allocation pool

The Legends' assigned area, which designated player rights, included the following:[19]

Final roster

2019 Atlanta Legends final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Rights list


46 Active, 14 Inactive

2019 season

2019 Atlanta Legends season
Head coachKevin Coyle
General managerBilly Devaney
Home fieldGeorgia State Stadium
Results
Record2–6
League place3rd (tie), Eastern Conference
Atlanta Legends

Final standings

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

Schedule

Preseason

Week Day Date Opponent Results Location
Score Record
Monday January 28 at San Antonio Commanders L 11–37 Alamodome

Regular season

All times Eastern

Week Day Date Kickoff TV Opponent Results Location
Score Record
1 Saturday February 9 8:00 p.m. CBS at Orlando Apollos L 6–40 0–1 Spectrum Stadium
2 Sunday February 17 8:00 p.m. NFLN at San Diego Fleet L 12–24 0–2 SDCCU Stadium
3 Sunday February 24 4:00 p.m. CBSSN Birmingham Iron L 12–28 0–3 Georgia State Stadium
4 Sunday March 3 8:00 p.m. NFLN at Arizona Hotshots W 14–11 1–3 Sun Devil Stadium
5 Sunday March 10 4:00 p.m. CBSSN Memphis Express W 23–20 2–3 Georgia State Stadium
6 Sunday March 17 4:00 p.m. CBSSN San Antonio Commanders L 6–37 2–4 Georgia State Stadium
7 Saturday March 23 2:00 p.m. TNTdagger Orlando Apollos L 6–36 2–5 Georgia State Stadium
8 Sunday March 31 4:00 p.m. CBSSN at Birmingham Iron L 9–17 2–6 Legion Field
9 Sunday April 7 4:00 p.m. CBSSN Salt Lake Stallions Not played Georgia State Stadium
10 Saturday April 13 8:00 p.m. NFLN at Memphis Express Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

dagger Changed from original time and/or network.[20]
[16][21]

Game summaries

Week 1: at Orlando

Week One: Atlanta Legends at Orlando Apollos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Legends 3 3 006
Apollos 0 22 31540

at Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Game information

Week 2: at San Diego

Week Two: Atlanta Legends at San Diego Fleet – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Legends 9 0 0312
Fleet 0 6 31524

at SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 3: Birmingham

Week Three: Birmingham Iron at Atlanta Legends – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Iron 0 9 11828
Legends 0 6 0612

at Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 4: at Arizona

Week Four: Atlanta Legends at Arizona Hotshots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Legends 2 6 0614
Hotshots 0 3 0811

at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Game information

Week 5: Memphis

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: San Antonio

Week Six: San Antonio Commanders at Atlanta Legends – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Commanders 6 20 3837
Legends 0 6 006

at Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 7: Orlando

Week Seven: Orlando Apollos at Atlanta Legends – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Apollos 8 6 14836
Legends 0 6 006

at Georgia State Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 8: at Birmingham

Week Eight: Atlanta Legends at Birmingham Iron – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Legends 3 3 309
Iron 0 11 3317

at Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Game information

Media

In addition to league-wide television coverage through NFL Network, CBS Sports Network, TNT, and B/R Live, Legends' games were also broadcast on local radio by WCNN ("680 The Fan").[30]

References

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  15. ^ Perloff, Andrew [@andrewperloff] (March 3, 2019). "Interesting @TheAAF note... former Bengals OC, Browns QBs coach Ken Zampese came aboard to run offense for @AafLegends this week and helped QB Aaron Murray lead them win tonight. Zampese was with Andy Dalton for long time and Baker Mayfield last year" (Tweet). Retrieved March 3, 2019 – via Twitter.
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