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Anthony Blevins’s Vision for Vipers: Inside the New Head Coach’s XFL Game Plan

In a recent interview with Peter Warren from, Vipers’ newly appointed head coach Anthony Blevins, a 22-year football veteran and member of the original XFL, shares his vision for his new role. Blevins is now the only rookie head coach in the XFL heading into the 2024 season and is prepared to face the challenges of turning around a struggling team.

A member of the Birmingham Thunderbolts in the original XFL, Blevins takes over a Vipers team that went 2-2 against South Division foes during the last season but faltered with a 0-6 record against their North Division rivals.

Blevins’s determination and optimism come through in his interview, where he shares a quote encapsulating his philosophy: “If I touch silver, it’s gonna turn to gold. If I touch gold, it’s gonna turn to platinum.”

His interview provides insights into what motivated him to apply for the XFL’s head coaching role. Emphasizing the quality of people running the league and the magical opportunity they provide, he said: “Everybody wants to be associated with good things, good people, and that’s what this is. It’s a good thing, it’s a great opportunity and it’s good people running the league.”

Taking the Reins

Blevins inherits a team that faces significant challenges in the highly competitive XFL North Division. Despite these obstacles, his experience and confidence appear to be just what the Vipers need. Blevins’s background, having been a blue-collar player himself and making the most of every opportunity, provides him with a unique perspective that he hopes to instill in his players.

A New Era for the Vipers

The Vipers are looking for a fresh start, and Blevins’s appointment could be the turning point they need. His emphasis on opportunity, development, and growth aligns well with a league like the XFL, focused on nurturing talent and providing second chances.

His personal connection to the league, playing in it 22 years ago, and his unwavering belief in its potential offer a strong foundation for his approach. He knows the importance of taking advantage of opportunities, and his words to his players reflect that: “If you put the work in and take advantage of the opportunity, we’ll all get what we want.”

Anthony Blevins’s introduction as the Vipers’ head coach is more than a new hire; it’s a statement of intent. With a clear vision, optimism, and an inspiring work ethic, he’s poised to make his mark in the XFL. The Vipers may have struggled in the past, but under Blevins, they may finally find their golden touch.

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