Arena Football League Washington Valor

Washington Valor Fire Offensive Coordinator Steve Thonn

The Washington Valor have fired offensive coordinator Steve Thonn. Washington have lost two games in a row after winning their first game in franchise history over the Baltimore Brigade. The reasoning behind the firing has yet to be released by the team, but the assumption is due to the offensive struggles.

Quarterback Erik Meyer has thrown just 10 touchdowns. That is the least touchdown passes in the AFL. He is also second in the league with four interceptions thrown and last with 680 yards passing.

With the departure of Thonn, head coac Dean Cokinos will take over the offensive coordinator duty. He served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Storm in 2016.

Before joining the Valor coaching staff, Thonn was the head coach of the Cleveland Gladiators. During the 2016 season, he went through a lot of health issues that caused him to miss several games on the sidelines.

There was even one scary moment in July against the Orlando Predators. Thonn collapsed on the sideline and had to be escorted out of the Amway Center. Due to that and the multiple other health incidents, the Gladiators decided to part ways with their coach.

The Valor became a team back in October. They were founded by founder of Monumental Sports and Entertainment (MSE) Ted Leonsis. Washington is one of two expansion franchises in the Arena Football League.

The Brigade were announced as the fifth team on Nov. 14. They announced their team name on Jan. 25. Like Washington, Baltimore sits at just one win on the season. They lost their home opener against the Tampa Bay Storm last Sunday when Tampa scored with five seconds left.

The Valor, currently at a 1-2 record, have a tough schedule ahead of them over the next couple weeks. They will play the Storm twice over the next two weeks. One meeting will be in Tampa and the other in Washington, D.C.

They follow their two matches against Tampa with a home game against the defending champion Philadelphia Soul. The Soul won in Washington 49-31 back in Week 3.

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