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Shock ownership wants Olson back

Yet another interesting day in Shockland.

Owner Brady Nelson stated unequivocally that he wants Andy Olson to return as head coach for a second season.

Erik Meyer practiced, then decided he won't play again this season. He hasn't decided if he'll give it a shot in 2013. I'm guessing he's played his last down, but that's all it is — a guess.

Finally, Nelson said owners are considering whether to return to the AFL's Ironman roots, beginning next season. The idea seems to have traction with the owners.

More on those topics in my Shock notebook that will run in Thursday's S-R.

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Rowley busy during bye week

I went to Shock practice Tuesday, but my weekly notebook was held for a day and will run in Thursday's S-R.

 Here's a link. One item that will be in the print edition but probably not on the link: OL Ben Ossai has signed with B.C. of the CFL and has left the Shock. Cory Brandon, who was activated earlier this week, will likely replace Ossai in the lineup.

Rowley officially back with Shock

Kyle Rowley is back for his third stint with the Spokane Shock.

Rowley, who helped Spokane to an arenafootball2 title in 2006 and an Arena Football League crown in 2010 before losing the starting job to Erik Meyer in 2011, officially rejoined the Shock on Tuesday. With Meyer on injured reserve and Adam Froman tossing six interceptions in two-plus games, Spokane brought back Rowley, who was released by Pittsburgh prior to the season opener.

“Kyle knows this offense and I expect him to compete for the starting job,” coach Andy Olson said. “It’s rare to have a veteran with his experience available this late in the season and so we felt like we had to jump on the opportunity.”

Rowley is Spokane’s franchise leader in passing yards (8,691), passing touchdowns (182) and rushing touchdowns (14).

 

Spokane faces Arizona in Phoenix on Friday.

 

Shock suffer worst loss in franchise history

Spokane was blown out by visiting San Jose 69-35 on Friday and the worst loss in franchise history is expected to prompt changes. Team and AFL sources said following the game that Spokane is in the process of bringing back former Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley. The move could become official by as early as Monday.

The Shock scored just one touchdown in the second half. Quarterback Adam Froman had a rough night with two interceptions, one fumble and just one touchdown pass. He did run for two scores. San Jose piled up 369 yards as veteran quarterback Mark Grieb fired seven TD passes.

UPDATE: Here's a link to my game story and a link to Dan Pelle's photos.

Rowley back where he started

Kyle Rowley, who led Spokane to arena football titles in 2006 and 2010 before falling out of favor this season, is back where he started — as the starting quarterback.

Read more about Rowley's rocky journey and more on the Shock's season finale against Jacksonville here in my preview that will run in Saturday's S-R.

Meyer to start, Rowley No. 2 vs. Arizona

Spokane has settled on Erik Meyer as its starting quarterback vs. Arizona, but head coach Rob Keefe stressed that the appointment is on a one-game basis.

Keefe emphasized that point several times during a phone interview this evening. Meyer will be backed up by Kyle Rowley (the roles were reversed last season) in Saturday's game. The situation will be re-visited if necessary.

Bill Stull, who started against Dallas, was released. AFL teams don't carry three quarterbacks on a 24-player roster (21 on game day) and the Shock has Steven Sheffield on injured reserve.

You can read my article on the QB situation here.

Shock even mark at 7-7

Spokane won big and easy in the Big Easy.

The visiting Shock crushed New Orleans 75-54 on Saturday night for their third straight win. Spokane (7-7) had failed in two earlier chances to reach the .500 mark, but it cashed in against the hapless VooDoo (2-12).

Kyle Rowley, the opening-day starter who lost the job to Bill Stull last month, had four touchdown passes and one rushing TD in his first game back since being activated from injured reserve. Stull, also activated from IR earlier this week, had a pair of TD passes and one TD run.

More game details here.

Rowley, Shock ready for VooDoo

With Kyle Rowley back as starting quarterback, the visiting Spokane Shock take on New Orleans on Saturday night. The Shock (6-7) are tied with Tulsa and Utah for the fourth and final playoff berth in the National Conference.

You can read my game preview that will run in Saturday's S-R here.

Rowley to start, Stull backing up

Spokane is back to where it started at starting quarterback.

Opening-day starter Kyle Rowley (pictured from last year's ArenaBowl) has been named the starter for Saturday's road game against New Orleans. Bill Stull, who supplanted Rowley as the starter in the Week 9 game against Dallas, will be the backup. In other moves, Spokane also placed WR Raul Vijil (hamstring) and reserve QB Steven Sheffield on injured reserve and activated WR Chas Gessner from IR.

More here.

Shock lose two QBs, win game

I've seen my share of strange arena football games over the years, but Saturday's has to rank as one of the strangest. Spokane, which made headlines earlier in the week for changing quarterbacks with Bill Stull taking over as the starter in place of Kyle Rowley, lost both QBs to injuries in a 71-49 win over Dallas.

Spokane's last couple of possessions were handled by receivers-turned-quarterbacks Chas Gessner and Emery Sammons. It'll be interesting to see what happens next: Stull hurt his left knee and though he insists he'll play next week, he had to be helped off the field and he was on crutches afterward. He said there doesn't appear to be serious damage to the major ligaments. Rowley hurt his right (throwing) shoulder. He tried to shake it off, but said it tightened up when he tried to throw passes behind Spokane's bench.

There will probably be more concrete news on the injuries Monday. Meanwhile, here's my game story, John Blanchette's column and Chris Anderson's photos.

 

Rowley benched, Stull to start

Shock head coach Rob Keefe vowed to make changes after the loss to Pittsburgh and he made a big one for Saturday's home game against Dallas. Keefe has benched veteran quarterback Kyle Rowley and AFL rookie Bill Stull will start.

Rowley has been a fixture at QB the last two seasons, but he's been inconsistent this year. Still, two weeks ago, with an ailling secondary, Keefe chose not to suit up Stull as a backup quarterback in order to dress an extra defender, an unusual move in AFL. Last week, Stull suited up, but was pressed into duty on kick return coverage and he made one tackle.

Keefe made the announcement on his radio show Monday. The Shock told media that Keefe and Stull would be available at 11:15 Tuesday, but that became 12:15 when Keefe exited a long meeting with the offensive unit and said that Stull was off limits to the media.  

Asked if other changes were in the works, Keefe said it was possible. He noted that the entire offense played “terribly” in the second half and he was clearly frustrated with the receivers. Spokane signed two receivers last week — Ryan Bagley and Chas Gessner, Rowley's former teammate at Brown who was tossed out of Saturday's game for a scrap on a kick return. WR Markee White is running patterns, but probably won't play this week. LB Antwan Marsh (ankle) is day to day .

As you'll see in the Rowley story link above, we checked in with Shock majority owner Brady Nelson to discuss the speed bump on the field that was visible during the Shock-Rattlers game two weeks ago. Nelson will be available for questions on an S-R chat Thursday at noon. More here (gotta read past Ochocinco and NCAA prez to get to Nelson!).

Shock get huge road win

Spokane earned its first road win of the season with a 70-58 victory over No. 2 Orlando on Saturday.

Spokane's defense made four stops and quarterback Kyle Rowley accounted for 10 touchdowns (eight TD passes, two scoring runs) as the Shock improved to 2-4 heading into a home showdown with No. 1 Arizona. The Rattlers (6-0) edged Utah 67-61 in overtime.

Here's a link to the game story that will run in Sunday's S-R. Here's a link to the gamer in the Orlando Sentinel.

Shock lineup almost set for opener

The Spokane Shock open the 2011 season on the road against San Jose on Friday. Their lineup is virtually set as they begin defense of their 2010 ArenaBowl championship.

More here.

Shock open training camp

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The Spokane Shock opened training camp Saturday and here's my article that will run in Sunday's S-R.

Some other items from the first day: Ex-Shock DB Nygel Rogers, who played for Chicago last year, signed with the Shock, but he isn't in camp. Coach Rob Keefe said it's a paperwork issue and that he isn't sure when it'll be resolved.

“We'll keep the lines of communication open,” Keefe said. “We're not expecting him immediately.”

Kicker Taylor Rowan and WR Dudley Guice have been put on the refused-to-report list. Rowan is back home in Florida and will be in camp at some point. The Shock know he'll be their kicker. Guice is expected to arrive soon. He apparently had flight issues. 

Keefe has it set up so that there will be groups of 2-3 players coming in three days, five days, etc., so he can look at various players.

Rowley returns

Kyle Rowley made it official Thursday. More below on his decision to return to the Shock and how he hopes to supplement his income.

UPDATE: Here’s a Shock release that details the return of Rowley and another on the addition of  DB Terrance Sanders.

Rowley back with the Shock

Kyle Rowley has decided to return to the Spokane Shock for the 2011 season. He’s in the process of signing his contract at present. Rowley helped Spokane to arena football titles in 2006 and 2010.

More within the hour.

Whittaker, Rowley honored

Spokane’s Huey Whittaker and Kyle Rowley have been selected for weekly AFL honors.

Whittaker was named Ironman of the week. He had 165 receiving yards and assisted on one tackle in the Shock’s playoff win over Milwaukee. Rowley was named Playmaker of the week after tossing seven touchdown passes.

Tampa Bay’s Tim McGill was chosen as Defensive player of the week after making two tackles for loss in a one-point win over Orlando. Storm receiver DeAndrew Rubin was honored for the Catch of the week and center Robert Powell won the Highlight of the week. Rubin and Whittaker were teammates at the University of South Florida.

Spokane faces Tampa Bay in ArenaBowl XXIII on Friday at the Spokane Arena.

More on the awards below.

Shock notes

Back with a Shock notebook, compiled from Monday’s visit to team headquarters in the Valley.

Read on for more on how Spokane split up the pool of money for coaches, Kyle Rowley’s Elway-esque run and updates on the health of Raul Vijil and Ben McCombs.

Spokane Shock keeping foot on throttle

Some teams rest starters when they’ve done about all they can do in the regular season (see Indianapolis Colts, 2009). Some teams don’t change their approach, even though there is risk of injury that could mar their playoff run.

Read more about Spokane’s approach here.

(By the way, that photo is of Mervin Brookins returning a kick for a touchdown, which was named the AFL’s highlight play of the week).

Rowley honored, Hannah added

Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley was honored as the AFL’s offensive player of the week after passing for 299 yards in Friday’s win over Iowa. Rowley had six touchdown passes and one TD run. He hasn’t been intercepted in four games. More here.

Also, the Shock added DE Tito Hannah, a 6-foot-3, 265-pounder who played collegiately at South Carolina State. Hannah had 12.5 sacks for af2 Arkansas in 2009 and he played for South Georgia in 2009. More here.

The Shock entertain Chicago on Friday. Rush starting quarterback Russ Michna (fractured rib) is out for the season. He was hurt in last weekend’s loss to Dallas. Former Shockie J.J. Raterink replaced Michna in last week’s game.

I’ll post a Shock notebook — return calls willing — later tonight.

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