Anticipation continues to build for the Cincinnati Flex, as they get ready to kick off their inaugural season in the Midwest Professional Indoor Football League. Despite being a first-year expansion team, the Flex have some pretty lofty goals for year one.
“It’s obviously every team and every organization’s goal to make it to the championship at the end of the year,” Flex owner Tyler Cosby told Developmental Football USA. “I firmly do believe with the head coach we’ve brought in – who’s been part of several of the Northern Kentucky teams over the past several years – with him and the skillset of the players we have, I can strongly say, if we don’t win a championship, it’s a bust for us in the first year.”
To many, a championship in year one may sound like a little much. However, head coach Kyle Hogan will have a wealth of talent to work with on both sides of the football for the Flex and just might have enough pieces in place to bring some hardware home.
“I know our wide receiver Jett Williams, he has definitely been around the arena leagues for quite some times,” Cosby said. “We’re going through camp now, so I don’t really have a final list of the players that have made the team, but he’s definitely our biggest offensive name and weapon and probably one of the biggest names in our league.”
Unless anyone else emerges between now and week one, it looks like Williams will be catching dimes from quarterback Cory Robinson.
“The way he looks and his play definitely resembles an Andrew Luck style of quarterback,” Cosby said. “He’s great with his feet. He can get out of the pocket if need be and has a very strong and accurate type arm. He’s young and I believe this will be his first year in arena. From the first tryout at OTAs to camp, he’s been solid. At practice just recently, he went 12 for 12 in team, he’s got a rocket arm and is pretty great with his decision making as well.”
Defensively, former Michigan State Spartan Enrique Shaw is expected to lead the way at strong safety. In addition to playing in the Big Ten, Shaw is also a veteran at the arena level.
“The dude is multidimensional, he can do what we ask of him and more,” Cosby said. “He’s 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, with great acceleration and great speed. He’s definitely probably one of the smartest players on our team. He can play man, he can come up and press coverage on somebody or he can come up and bait the quarterback, and go up and get that ball.”
A good pass rush can lead to more turnovers and potentially more interceptions for Shaw and one player expected to make some noise at that group is defensive end Dustin Mitchell – a rookie out of Thomas Moore College.
“The dude is a stud coming off the end,” Cosby said. “He’s very quick, one of the quickest d-ends I’ve seen. I know offensive linemen are definitely going to have some trouble stopping him. He’s young, very smart and I think he’s definitely going to bring a lot to the table this year and get a good pass rush and sacks.”
In the MPIFL, the majority of teams compensate their players, many of whom are working hard to get an opportunity to move up to the next arena level and beyond. Aside from helping players move up, the Flex is focused on winning a championship and that would mean knocking off last year’s champion, the Northern Indiana Renegades.
You can check out the Flex at the Western Hills Sports Mall when the season kicks off, or you may catch them out in the community before then.
“We’ve got something setup in the next month where we’re feeding the homeless and giving them care bags, food and hygiene products,” Cosby said. “We’re looking to do a lot with autism awareness around the community. We’re here to show the city we’re here for you guys and we thank you for supporting us.”
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