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XFL QB Benched After Ripping Team's Game Plan At Halftime

Matt McGloin looks to pass for the New York Guardians.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - FEBRUARY 09: Matt McGloin #14 of the NY Guardians looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Vipers during the first half of their XFL game at MetLife Stadium on February 09, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

The XFL is hoping to give football fans the kind of in-game access that isn't currently provided by college football or the NFL. We got that on Saturday.

New York Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin struggled in major fashion in a 27-0 loss to the D.C. Defenders on Saturday. McGloin did not hold back during his in-game interviews.

The XFL quarterback bluntly said at halftime that his team's game plan needed to improve in the second half. You will rarely - if ever - hear an NFL quarterback call out the coaching staff like that during a game.

“We need to change the whole entire game plan at halftime," he told ESPN's Dianna Rusinni. "There’s just a lot going on right now, it’s embarrassing for us here as an offense.”

New York head coach Kevin Gilbride did not seem to appreciate that. He responded in an interview with Russini: "I need to go talk to him and figure out what the problem is, because he needs to play better.” McGloin went on to be benched in the second half. He finished the game with 44 passing yards and 2 interceptions. The XFL quarterback wasn't done with his in-game interviews, though. He summed up his team's performance while speaking to Russini during the fourth quarter. “Listen, there’s a lot of stuff going on behind closed doors, I think we need to clean that up. Communication, especially, is one. And it showed today. At no point in time did I think we were comfortable out there. At no point in time did I think we were in a position to try to be successful," he said.

If the XFL is going to keep interviewing players on the sideline during games, you can expect more interviews like this. It might not be great for team chemistry, but it's certainly good for ratings.