Band of Brothers
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The closest unit on the Crescent City Kings squad is the defensive secondary. The unity is no happenstance occurrence. It is the result of the intense competition among the limited starting positions. The depth in the defensive backfield is extensive. No starters have been penciled in at cornerback and Lamont Simmons is the lone returning starter at safety. The group has coalesced quickly in camp and the brothers will be relied on heavily, beginning May 21st against the Lee County Tiger-Cats.
The brotherhood atmosphere is fostered by the intense pressure head coach Frederick Washington, places on secondary players. Coach Washington takes a hyper-physical, in your face approach to defense. This is evidenced by the participation of secondary players in drills designed for linebackers and other creative methods to breed more physical play.
The defensive backs, make the most noise at every Kings practice. Their brash swagger is welcomed and their physical play is encouraged. The “pack-hunter” behavior of the crew, has lifted the overall defensive performance of the team. While there are mistakes and mental lapses, there is also retribution.
“Our secondary is built on the concept of the hunt! Instilled in us by Coach Animal and Coach Troy. Fly around, attacking the ball at every opportunity with dominant physical force, relentless effort, and controlled tenacity! We live and die by that throne we have been bestowed upon! #HAILKINGS”
The individuals, without helmets and pads, lead vastly different lives. On the field, between the lines, the mentality is singular. The love, sometimes tough in nature or display, is real. The grind is embraced as a necessary evil and the band of brothers consistently reaches for, their unlimited potential.