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St. Louis BattleHawks Name Chuck Long As Their New OC

Former Quarterback and College Football Hall of Famer Chuck Long is taking Doug Meacham’s place as the BattleHawks offensive coordinator.

The BattleHawks began the offseason with Doug Meacham as their offensive coordinator/QB coach. While unconfirmed, there are reports that he will return to TCU, where he previously coached as their OC. He’s allegedly been sighted on TCU’s campus this week.

Turnover like this is an unfortunate yet commonplace occurrence in the football world, as teams from college to the pros compete for the game’s top minds. Meacham had experience as an offensive coordinator going back to the early 90s, but Long has arguably had a more storied career.

A Heisman runner up and CFB Hall of Famer, he was fantastic as Iowas quarterback from 1981-85. After 8 years in the NFL with the Lions and Rams, he returned to Iowa as a DB and QB coach. He did enough good things there to end up as Oklahoma’s QB coach/OC under former teammate Bob Stoops.

He masterfully directed their offense in what’s described as “One of the Greatest College Football Teams of All Time”. He did well with the Sooners quarterbacks in this time there, guiding Jason White to a Heisman season, and Josh Heupel to a second-place finish in the Heisman voting. It’s fair to say that Long’s coaching elevated both of these passers to incredible performances, as both excelled in his system, but didn’t ever catch on in the NFL.

He runs a QB friendly spread/air raid system that Jordan Ta’amu, Taylor Heinicke and Brogan Roback should thrive in. Filling his old position of Running Backs Coach is Reggie Davis, who’s previously served in that role with UNLV, Oregon State and Nebraska

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Matt Nagashima has been covering the XFL since before the 2019 Draft, and has witnessed history being made as a Credentialed Reporter for the Dallas Renegades. While he is engrossed with the X's and O's, the roster building and more, it has always been his goal to keep the players first in mind in coverage, showing the human aspect of this sport behind all the action on the field. With Dany Garcia and Dwayne The Rock Johnson now at the helm, he's excited to see all the opportunities that this league will create for players to showcase their talent and make their dreams come true.

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