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.”
Matt McGloin at halftime to @diannaESPN: "We need to change the whole entire gameplan."
Head coach Kevin Gilbride: "I need to go talk to him & figure out what the problem is because he needs to play better."
— ESPN (@espn) February 15, 2020
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.
Matt McGloin gets benched after completing 8-of-19 pass attempts with 2 INT, then proceeds to rip his team/coach while the 4th quarter is still being played.
This is peak XFL pic.twitter.com/JKVwShqTrQ
— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) February 15, 2020
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.