Coming into the season, the Baltimore Brigade were one of two expansion teams to join the league. Both the Brigade and Washington Valor were owned by president of Monumental Sports and Entertainment (MSE) Ted Leonsis.
With the other four teams having superstars on their teams, Baltimore was looking as if they would be the team to miss the playoffs in 2017. That’s not what happened, however.
In their opener against Washington, they fell down 34-6 at halftime. After just two quarters, head coach Omarr Smith benched Chase Cartwright for Shane Carden. Baltimore outscored Washington 34-28 in the second half, but still lost. Carden’s performance was good enough to earn him the staying job.
Baltimore got their first win in Week 2 over the Cleveland Gladiators. After three consecutive losses to the two best teams in the Philadelphia Soul and Tampa Bay Storm, Baltimore defeated the Gladiators for the second time.
In Week 13, the Brigade upset the undefeated Soul and held the lead over Cleveland for the third seed. Unfortunately for Baltimore, that would be their final win of the season. After a regular-season finale loss to Washington, they fell to the four seed in the playoffs. Not only that, but they lost Carden to a concussion.
While they kept it close with the Soul in their semifinal matchup, they weren’t able to defeat the defending champions and advance to ArenaBowl XXX. Despite this, based on their performance in their first season, their future is bright. They could be back in the playoffs should all players they have this season return in 2018.