The Washington Valor will be playing in their inaugural season this year, and since the Arena Football will only have five teams, Washington has a legitimate chance of competing for an Arena Bowl. The Valor have put together a roster that should be very competitive this season.
Washington will be coached by Dean Cokinos, who brings a lot of experience to the Valor. Cokinos has been the head coach for the New Orleans Voodoo, Alabama Hammers, Tennessee Valley Vipers, and the Georgia Force. Cokinos was also the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Tampa Bay Storm last season. Cokinos was named PIFL Coach of the Year back in 2013. As mentioned before, Washington has a roster that is loaded with talent.
Starting at quarterback, Washington will have Erik Meyer as their signal caller, and he has been very successful in the AFL. In 2013, Meyer was named Offensive Player of the Year and the League MVP, after throwing 4,667 yards and 112 touchdowns. He will have a ton of receivers to throw to, as Washington has three exceptional receivers.
The Valor acquired wide receiver T.T Toliver, who became the AFL’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and all-purpose yards last season. Washington also brought in wide receiver Mike Washington, who has compiled 6,603 receiving yards and 138 touchdowns over his career.
Finally, the Valor acquired Greg Carr, who caught 83 passes for 1,146 yards and 28 touchdowns last year. The defense will be anchored by Tracy Belton, who was named Defensive Player of the Year last season. The Valor will play a 14-game schedule, and there will be four bye weeks during the season. Washington kicks off their season against another expansion team, the Baltimore Brigade.
The following week, they will play host to the defending champion Philadelphia Soul. They will then play their first road game of the season when they travel to face the Gladiators in Week 3. After that game, Washington will have a three-game home stand, before they go on a four-game road trip.
The Valor will play each team at least three times during the season. All game will be broadcasted on the CBS Sports Network or the Monumental Sports Network.