The NFL Europa thread

Discussion in 'NFL General Discussion' started by ollysj, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. Walnuts

    Walnuts All-Pro

    How does that work? Does the league just send players around from team to team, as needed, or is it a trade situation?
  2. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    If a team loose a player, the league send a 2nd or 3th stringer from another team to replace him or took from the 3 man practice squard each team got. So they try to give as many players as possible, a chance to play.
  3. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    According to team sources, suffered Frankfurts DE Daniel Benetka a torn hamstring.
  4. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    Players of the Week 7


    Offense: RB A.J. Harris, Cologne Centurions
    Defense: LB Nick Reid, Frankfurt Galaxy
    Special teams: P Adam Anderson, Hamburg Sea Devils
    National: DT Patrice Majondo-Mwamba, Amsterdam Admirals

    May 29, 2007) -- Linebacker Nick Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs, running back A.J. Harris of the Cologne Centurions and punter Adam Anderson of the Atlanta Falcons have been named as the NFL Europa League Defensive, Offensive and Special Teams Players of Week 7.

    Reid earned Defensive Player of the Week honors as he helped the Frankfurt Galaxy improve to a league-leading 5-2 record with a 23-10 victory over the Rhein Fire. He recorded a team-high eight tackles and added one sack, one forced fumble, one interception and one pass defense.

    Through seven games, Reid ranks second on the Galaxy defense with 35 tackles. He has added two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, two pass defenses and five special teams tackles.

    Cologne running back Harris was named Offensive Player of Week 7 after he gained 112 yards on 24 carries during a 30-7 victory over Amsterdam. Harris scored on a 17-yard run and also led the Centurions with five receptions for 58 yards.

    Harris has rushed for 215 yards and one touchdown on 57 carries this season and has added 11 receptions for 101 yards and another score.

    Sea Devils punter Anderson scooped Special Teams Player of the Week honors after he dropped four of his six punts inside the Berlin Thunders 20-yard line during Hamburgs 17-7 victory.

    Anderson averaged 42.5 yards on his punts and produced a season long of 60 yards. He ranks fourth among NFLE punters with an average of 41.4 yards on 28 punts and has landed 10 inside the 20-yard line.

    Amsterdam Admirals Belgian defensive tackle Patrice Majondo-Mwamba earned National Player of the Week honors as he recorded a career-high nine tackles against Cologne. The Texas Tech graduate, who spent the 2005 NFL season on the practice squad of the Denver Broncos, also added one sack and one quarterback hurry.
  5. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    Injuries and rostermoves

    Hamburg loosing DT Tim Sandidge to injury. The Rams allocated injured his right knee and is on the way to Birmingham, AL for further treatment. It's the second lineman the Sea Devils loss this season. A few weeks ago, Jimmy Verdon sufferd a torn MCL on his knee.

    RB Charles Anthony was moved to Rhein Fire, after Galaxys RB DeCori Brimingham is back from injury.
  6. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut


    Cologne eyes Bowl berth

    May 31, 2007

    There are plenty of ifs and buts attached, but this fact remains crystal clear: the Cologne Centurions can clinch a berth in Yello Strom World Bowl XV this weekend.

    With a 5-2 record through seven weeks of action, the Centurions are in second place in the standings but can be the first club to book its ticket to Frankfurt for the title showdown on Saturday June 23.

    Here is what needs to happen in Week 8 in order for Cologne to begin planning for NFL Europa's championship game.

    - Cologne defeats the Hamburg Sea Devils
    - Amsterdam loses or ties at Rhein Fire

    With a victory, Cologne would improve to 6-2 on the season and drop Hamburg to 4-4 in the process. And that would mean the Centurions cannot be passed by the Sea Devils in the standings as they would have won both meetings between the teams.

    Cologne defeated Hamburg 24-18 in Week 1.

    The only other teams who can reach six wins would be the Frankfurt Galaxy and Amsterdam Admirals.

    With a loss or tie at Rhein, the most wins Amsterdam could then reach is five. Berlin Thunder and Rhein Fire can also only reach a maximum of five wins as they currently have 2-5 records.

    There is still the possibility that Cologne, Frankfurt and Hamburg could end in a three-way tie, meaning the tiebreaker would be the record of each team in games among that trio.

    With victory against Hamburg this weekend, Cologne would improve its record in such games to 2-1 and drop Hamburg's mark to 0-3. That would mean the worst Cologne could finish in games among the three teams would be 2-2, while the best Hamburg could manage would be 1-3. Frankfurt has a 2-0 record in such games. Should they improve that to 3-1 or 4-0, they would advance out of the tiebreaker and Cologne would then win the head-to-head over the Sea Devils.
  7. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    Rhein Fires RB Jimmy Dixonis out for the season. He broke his fibula during last weeks loss at Frankfurt.

    Berlins K Andrew Jacas will miss at least week 8 game with a hamstring injury. He will be replaced by D.J. Fitzpatrick, who was in camp with Thunder.

    The Sea Devils lost english WR Dwain Chambers. The former track and field star, broke a foot and will miss the remaining season.
  8. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    Rhein Fires LB Derek Rehage suffered a broken thumb during the victory over the Amsterdam Admirals. He is the 6th player, who suffered a fractur within the last four weeks. For HC Rick Lantz it is the 11 player he had lost to injury.

    The Amsterdam Admirals will play their last season game at a new venue. They had to move to the Olympic Stadium, that was build in 1928. The reason for this move are scheduling problems, bc the Amsterdam ArenA currently host 70 events a year and will be increased to 100 next year. Word is that the Admirals will host all further games at the Olympic Stadium.

    IMO the Admirals had to move,be cause the failed to draw ennough interess and had to many no shows at the games.
  9. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut


    Galaxy One Win Away From Hosting World Bowl

    WITH just two weeks of a thrilling 2007 season remaining, three teams have emerged as the leading contenders to reach Yello Strom World Bowl XV.
    The first of the two berths in the title game could be decided this weekend if Frankfurt defeats Hamburg. That would see the Galaxy host World Bowl in their own Commerzbank Arena on Saturday, June 23.

    But, if Hamburg pulls off a victory, the season will roll into Week 10 with both World Bowl spots still up for grabs. That would mark the first time in NFL Europa history that both World Bowl berths were unfilled heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

    Week 9 begins with the Berlin Thunder (2-6) looking to rebound from last week's heartbreaking loss when they play host to the Rhein Fire (3-5) on Friday night.

    Saturday sees the Amsterdam Admirals (3-5) visit a Cologne Centurions (5-3) club hungry for a home victory in order to keep pace in the World Bowl race.

    The final contest has huge World Bowl implications as the Frankfurt Galaxy (6-2) takes on the Hamburg Sea Devils (5-3). Given the close nature of the standings this term, it would take a brave man to predict that this game will be a World Bowl dress rehearsal.

    Read more here
  10. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut


    NFL Europa Players of Week 8

    Offense: QB J.T. OSullivan, Frankfurt Galaxy
    Defense: CB Carlos Hendricks, Rhein Fire
    Special Teams: K Jaret Johnson, Amsterdam Admirals
    National: DE Ben Ishola, Hamburg Sea Devils

    Quarterback J.T. OSullivan, of the Chicago Bears, has been named NFL Europa Offensive Player of Week 8 following his efforts during the Frankfurt Galaxys come-from-behind victory against the Berlin Thunder.

    With the Galaxy trailing 22-3 with just over nine minutes remaining, OSullivan threw for 204 yards and three touchdowns on his teams final three possessions to secure a 25-22 win. He ended the afternoon having become the first 300-yard passer in NFL Europa this season, completing 27 of 37 passes for 333 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

    In addition to moving Frankfurt (6-2) within one victory of a berth in World Bowl XV, OSullivan also moved to the top of the leagues quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100.2. In his second season with the Galaxy, OSullivan improved his record as an NFLE starter to 12-4. He has thrown for 1,621 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions this term.

    Cornerback Carlos Hendricks, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been named Defensive Player of Week 8 after helping the Rhein Fire to a 41-38 win over the Amsterdam Admirals.

    Hendricks recorded eight tackles, knocked down four passes and scored on a decisive 68-yard interception return. He ranks second on Rheins defense with 35 tackles and leads the club with 12 pass defenses.

    I just did my job and played as hard as I could, Hendricks said. It felt good to score it was like a dream come true.

    Jaret Johnson, of the Amsterdam Admirals, is Special Teams Player of Week 8 after he converted three of three field goals (49 long) and three PATs for a total of 12 points during Sundays loss to the Rhein Fire.

    Johnson has scored 32 points this season having converted five of six field goals (49 long) and 17 of 20 PATs.

    German defensive end Ben Ishola, of the Hamburg Sea Devils, has picked up his second National Player of the Week award of the 2007 season after leading his teams defensive stand during a 21-7 road win against the Cologne Centurions.

    Ishola, who played college football at Indiana and was in training camp with the Miami Dolphins last summer, recorded three tackles and two sacks as Hamburg improved to 5-3 on the season.

    Through eight weeks of play, Ishola ranks fourth in NFL Europa with four quarterback sacks among his 15 tackles. He has also knocked down one pass and added three special teams tackles.
  11. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    Rashaun Woods

    When I attend yesterdays practice of the Frankfurt Galaxy, I note that the former 49ers 1st round pick Rashaun Woods wasn't there. After the practice I talked to some of the players and they told me, that Woods packed his stuff and departed from Frankfurt. Nobody knew where he is right now, but he will be expected at Hamburg, where he played before he was traded to the Galaxy. This will be the end of his career, bc I don't think the NFL like his behavior.

    Bye, bye Wood, good riddacne
  12. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    WB decicions postphoned to Week 10

    With only one game left in the regular season, no team had clinched a World Bowl berth. After the Galaxys loss at Hamburg and the victory of Cologne those three team all own an 6-3 record. While the Centurions had been able to secure a WB spot last week, now the Sea Devils are in the better position. The most likeley scenario is that Hamburg will win their final game at Rhein Fire and play the winner of the Cologne @ Frankfurt game. Even with a loss, Hamburg can still clinch a WB berth, if the Galaxy win over Cologne.
  13. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    NFL Europa Players of Week 9


    Offense: Erik Meyer, QB Cologne Centurions
    Defense: Jamar Enzor, LB Rhein Fire
    Special teams: Noriaki Kinocrapa, PR Amsterdam Admirals
    National: Patrice Mwamba, DT Amsterdam Admirals

    Cologne Centurions quarterback Erik Meyer has been named NFL Europa Offensive Player of Week 9 following his game-winning display against the Amsterdam Admirals last weekend.

    Meyer completed 21 of 29 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions during Cologne's 31-13 victory. That performance was good enough for the Eastern Washington product to post a quarterback rating of 138.1.

    With one week of the 2007 regular season remaining, Meyer ranks second among NFLE quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100.6. He has completed a league-best 67.3 percent (115 of 171) of his passes for 1,384 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Meyer has also added 125 rushing yards and one touchdown.

    Rhein Fire linebacker Jamar Enzor has won Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts during his team's 24-17 road victory over the Berlin Thunder.

    Enzor recorded eight tackles and moved the Fire into a second quarter lead it would not relinquish when he returned an interception seven yards to the end zone. It marked the second time this season Enzor has scored on an interception return as he also found the end zone on a 65-yard runback against Frankfurt in Week 5.

    Having joined the Fire in Week 5, Enzor has recorded 23 tackles, two interceptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns, one sack and two blocked punts.

    Japanese wide receiver Noriaki Kinocrapa has been named Special Teams Player of the Week after he scored on an 86-yard punt return for the Amsterdam Admirals at Cologne. Kinocrapa ended the day having returned two punts for 114 yards, two kickoff returns for 60 yards and caught two passes for 39 yards.

    The native of Osaka, Japan, leads NFL Europa with nine punt returns for 173 yards (19.2 average) and one touchdown. He ranks fourth with 23 kickoff returns for 542 yards (23.6 average) and has added 21 receptions for 308 yards and two touchdowns.

    Belgian defensive tackle Patrice Majondo-Mwamba, also of the Amsterdam Admirals, picks up his second National Player of the Week award of the season after recording eight tackles and one sack at Cologne.

    The former Denver Broncos practice squad player has recorded a career-high 24 tackles and two sacks in 2007
  14. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    Hamburg looses LB Byron Hardmon to injury. The 2nd year Sea Devil, raptured a muscle in his thorax.
  15. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut


    Honors handed out

    Quarterback J.T. OSullivan (Chicago Bears) of the Frankfurt Galaxy and running back Derrick Ross (Kansas City Chiefs) of the Cologne Centurions were named the Offensive Co-Most Valuable Players while Centurions defensive end Jason Hall (Carolina Panthers) was named the Defensive MVP, the NFL Europa League announced today.

    Hamburg Sea Devils head coach Vince Martino was named Coach of the Year after leading his team to a first title game appearance in club history.

    [​IMG] J.T. O'Sullivan has been named Co-Offensive MVP.

    OSullivan led the Galaxy to a 7-3 record and a berth in the Yello Strom World Bowl XV this Saturday, where Frankfurt will defend its title against Hamburg. The Bears quarterback led the NFLEL in passer rating (104.8) and passing yards (2,201) while tying for the league lead with 16 touchdown passes. The former Cal-Davis standout recorded the only two 300-yard games in NFL Europa this season, including a league-best 374-yard performance in Week 9 against the Sea Devils.

    Ross was the NFLELs leading rusher with 802 yards and four 100-yard games this season for Cologne. The Kansas City Chiefs running back totaled a league-best 933 yards from scrimmage (802 rushing, 131 receiving) and scored five touchdowns as the Centurions posted a 6-4 record.

    Hall, Ross teammate with Cologne, set a franchise record with 12 sacks as the Centurions boasted the No. 1 ranked defense in NFL Europa (256.1 yards per game). The Carolina Panthers defensive end also tied a league record by recording a sack in seven consecutive games.

  16. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut


    All-NFL Europa League team:

    QB J.T. OSullivan Chicago Frankfurt
    RB Derrick Ross Kansas City Cologne
    WR Marcus Maxwell San Francisco Hamburg
    WR Brandon Middleton Free Agent Frankfurt
    WR Carlton Brewster Green Bay Berlin
    TE Bobby Blizzard Free Agent Cologne
    T Jeremy Parquet St. Louis Hamburg
    G Pete McMahon Jacksonville Hamburg
    C Greg Eslinger Denver Cologne
    G Matt McChesney NY Jets Frankfurt
    T Bobby Harris Free Agent Frankfurt
    Nat. Scott McCready Free Agent Hamburg
    K Rhys Lloyd Free Agent Frankfurt
    ST Noriaki Kinocrapa Free Agent Amsterdam

    DE Jason Hall Carolina Cologne
    DT Gary Gibson Free Agent Hamburg
    DT Kevin Vickerson Miami Cologne
    DE Justin Kurpeikis Free Agent Hamburg
    LB Philippe Gardent Free Agent Cologne
    LB Blake Costanzo NY Jets Rhein
    LB Matt Sinclair Free Agent Frankfurt
    CB Kevin House Free Agent Cologne
    S Shawn Mayer Free Agent Hamburg
    S Chris Reis New Orleans Cologne
    CB Shirdonya Mitchell Miami Frankfurt
    Nat. Ben Ishola Free Agent Hamburg
    P Danny Baugher New England Rhein

  17. yisman

    yisman The Ambivalent One



    Quarterback Casey Bramlet led the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europa to the World Bowl XV championship. For his efforts, including a World Bowl-record four touchdown passes, Bramlet was named the game's MVP.

    So now the challenge is to transfer his success at the "B" level into a roster spot with the Redskins. The problem, of course, is that while Bramlet was wearing ads on his pads in Germany, five other guys were participating in the team's offseason training program, where a whole lot of preparation is done for the coming season.

    In Washington, the starter is Jason Campbell and the backup is Mark Brunell. Bramlet's task, then, will be to hold off Jordan Palmer and Sam Hollenbach.

    Palmer arguably has the built-in advantage, since the team presumably hopes to justify the 2007 sixth-round pick that was used on the former UTEP signal-caller by keeping him on the roster for a year or two.

    In our view, then, Bramlet will have to blow away the coaching staff in order to win a roster spot. And it'll be even harder to do in light of the fact that Bramlet will start training camp without the benefit of the weeks of practice in the system that Palmer and Hollenbach have had.

    But, hey, there's always next year in Europa. Then again, if reports of the league's demise are accurate, maybe there isn't.
  18. ollysj

    ollysj iKraut

    It looks like the desicion, about the future of the NFLE is scheduled for July, 14th.

    The German fans are going to start a website, to support the ongoing of the league. Will keep you updated.....

    From Yahoo Sports

    NFL to shut down European league
    By Jason Cole

    The irony of the league's rookie symposium is while discussion has focused on the opportunity the players are about to get, the league is about to take away an avenue for opportunity.

    The NFL is expected to cease operations of NFL Europa after 17 years because of increasing costs associated with running the league, according to two league sources. That comes despite the efforts of team executives such as Kansas City Chiefs president Carl Peterson to save the league.

    After addressing the 2007 rookie class on Monday afternoon, commissioner Roger Goodell flew to Germany to meet with NFL Europa officials only days after the league held its championship game.

    Over the years, NFL Europa has developed players such as Kurt Warner, La'Roi Glover and Jake Delhomme. Dropping the league would mean fewer opportunities for the NFL to develop both players and game officials.

    Despite sentiment among general managers and personnel people to keep the league, it's become an expensive endeavor. It's expected the league will take a $32 million loss for this season.

    Read more here

    And another article that leaves a big questionmark about the future of the NFLE. On Yahoos NFL HP, there is a questionmark behind the headline :confused: So Godell is in town, anybody mind if we take him hostage to keep the NFLE? .mrgreen:
  19. TDJets72027

    TDJets72027 Rex Ryan baby

    NFL Europa is officially done.
  20. Thumper

    Thumper Guest

    It's official. NFL Europa is done!

    NFL Europa to cease operations

    FRANKFURT, Germany (June 29, 2007) -- The NFL's development league in Europe has ended with immediate effect, spokesman Maik Matischak said.

    The decision came less than a week after the Hamburg Sea Devils beat the Frankfurt Galaxy 37-28 in World Bowl XV in Frankfurt, attended by 48,125.

    The league, most recently known as NFL Europa, began in 1991.

    In the league's final three seasons, five of its six teams were based in Germany, with the Amsterdam Admirals completing the field.

    A statement posted on the German-language edition of the NFL's Web site said the National Football League decided to concentrate its "strategies and resources" on regular-season games outside the United States in an effort to reach as many people as possible.

    "We thank our fans for the great support in the past years," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was quoted as saying in the statement.

    By scheduling regular-season NFL games outside the United States, it was time to develop a new international strategy, Goodell said, adding that folding NFL Europa was the "best business decision."

    "From now on, we will focus on regular-season games and use new technologies to make NFL more popular worldwide," he said.

    NFL team owners decided in October to play up to two regular-season games outside the United States.

    The first such game will be Oct. 28 in London between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants.

    NFL Europa managing director Uwe Bergheim said the league had succeeded in establishing a fan base for football in important European markets.

    "Despite the great support of fans, business partners and the cities where we were active, we decided that it was time to change the strategy," Bergheim said.

    The league began in 1991 as WLAF, or the World League of American Football, with 10 teams from the United States and Europe.

    After closing down for two seasons in 1993 and 1994, the league returned with six European teams, spreading from Great Britain to Spain, and retained the same format until the end.

    The league was used by NFL teams to test young talent and produced players such as quarterback Kurt Warner, who led the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl XXXIV championship and won two NFL Most Valuable Player awards; Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme; and Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, a two-time Pro Bowl pick.

    But the league was reportedly losing about $30 million a season.