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2011 Arena Football League season

2011 Arena Football League season
League Arena Football League
Sport arena football
Duration March 9 – August 12
Regular season
Season champions Arizona Rattlers
Season MVP Nick Davila, ARZ
League postseason
American Conference champions Jacksonville Sharks
  American Conference runners-up Georgia Force
National Conference champions Arizona Rattlers
  National Conference runners-up Chicago Rush
ArenaBowl XXIV
Champions Jacksonville Sharks
  Runners-up Arizona Rattlers
ArenaBowl XXIV MVP Aaron Garcia, JAX

The 2011 Arena Football League season was the twenty-fourth season in the history of the league. The regular season began on March 11, 2011 and ended on July 23, 2011.[1] The Jacksonville Sharks, in their second year of existence, defeated the Arizona Rattlers 73–70 in ArenaBowl XXIV on August 12, 2011 to conclude the playoffs.

Contents

  • League business 1
    • Teams 1.1
    • Realignment 1.2
  • Regular season schedule 2
  • Regular season standings 3
    • Tie-breakers 3.1
  • Statistics 4
    • Passing 4.1
    • Rushing 4.2
    • Receiving 4.3
  • All-Ironman team 5
  • Playoffs 6
    • Conference semifinals 6.1
    • Conference finals 6.2
    • ArenaBowl XXIV 6.3
  • References 7

League business

Teams

Three franchises that competed in the 2008 season, the Philadelphia Soul, San Jose SaberCats, and Kansas City Command (formerly the Kansas City Brigade), have returned to competition in the 2011 season, after an announcement made on June 19, 2010.[2]

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References

Date Kickoff Away Home Final score Game site Recap
August 12 8:30 p.m. EDT Jacksonville Sharks Arizona Rattlers Jacksonville, 73–70 US Airways Center [19]

ArenaBowl XXIV

Conference Date Kickoff Away Home Final score Game site Recap
National August 6 10:00 p.m. EDT Chicago Rush Arizona Rattlers Arizona, 54–48 US Airways Center [17]
American August 8 8:00 p.m. EDT Georgia Force Jacksonville Sharks Jacksonville, 64–55 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [18]

Conference finals

Conference Date Kickoff Away Home Final score Game site Recap
American July 29 8:00 p.m. EDT Orlando Predators Jacksonville Sharks Jacksonville, 63–48 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [13]
National July 29 8:30 p.m. EDT Dallas Vigilantes Chicago Rush Chicago, 54–51 Allstate Arena [14]
National July 29 10:00 p.m. EDT Spokane Shock Arizona Rattlers Arizona, 62–33 US Airways Center [15]
American July 31 3:00 p.m. EDT Georgia Force Cleveland Gladiators Georgia, 50–41 Quicken Loans Arena [16]

Conference semifinals

Conference Semifinals Conference Championship ArenaBowl XXIV
                 
1 Jacksonville 63
4 Orlando 48
1 Jacksonville 64
American Conference
3 Georgia 55
2 Cleveland 41
3 Georgia 50
A1 Jacksonville 73
N1 Arizona 70
1 Arizona 62
4 Spokane 33
1 Arizona 54
National Conference
2 Chicago 48
2 Chicago 54
3 Dallas 51

Playoffs

Player Position Team
P. J. Berry WR/KR New Orleans VooDoo
Reggie Gray WR/KR Chicago Rush
Jeff Hughley WR/KR Jacksonville Sharks
C.J. Johnson WR/KR Georgia Force
Marlon Moye-Moore FB/LB Orlando Predators
Jason Simpson DB/KR Chicago Rush

On August 8, 2011, the All-Ironman team was announced, with P. J. Berry of the New Orleans VooDoo being named the Ironman of the Year.[12]

All-Ironman team

Player Rec. Yards YPG TD's Long
Anthony Jones, DAL 171 2,232 124.0 42 43
PHI 168 1,959 122.4 37 46
Jesse Schmidt, IOW 130 2,171 120.6 55 43
Troy McBroom, TUL 121 1,747 116.5 31 44
Rod Windsor, ARZ 156 1,830 114.4 36 44

Receiving

Player Car. Yards Avg. TD's Long
Derrick Ross, DAL 167 622 3.7 39 37
Nick Hill, ORL 391 275 4.9 9 39
Johnnie Kirton, CHI 366 209 3.2 14 15
Bobby Reid, TUL 31 314 10.1 13 39
Bernard Morris, PIT 46 312 6.8 4 43

Rushing

Player Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's Rating
Nick Davila, ARZ 427 604 70.7% 4,916 117 10 127.6
Aaron Garcia, JAX 402 562 71.5% 4,953 116 17 125.4
Nick Hill, ORL 387 578 67.0% 4,758 97 17 119.5
Tommy Grady, UTA 383 583 65.7% 4,368 107 12 119.1
Dan Raudabaugh, DAL 360 587 64.6% 4,741 90 17 118.3

Passing

Final Statistics[11]

Statistics

  • a Georgia clinched the No. 3 seed in the American Conference based on their greater point differential in head-to-head competition with Orlando.
  • b Spokane clinched the No. 4 seed in the National Conference based on their greater point differential in head-to-head competition with Utah.

Tie-breakers

  • Green indicates clinched playoff berth
  • Blue indicates division champion
  • Gray indicates division champion and conference's best record

Eight teams qualify for the playoffs: four teams from each conference, of which two are division champions and the other two have the best records of the teams remaining.[10]

American Conference
East Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
(2) Cleveland Gladiators 10 8 .556 904 842 4–2 6–5 7–2 3–6
Pittsburgh Power 9 9 .500 870 972 4–2 5–6 5–4 4–5
Milwaukee Mustangs 7 11 .389 872 867 1–5 3–8 4–5 3–6
Philadelphia Soul 6 12 .333 914 969 3–3 5–6 4–5 2–7
South Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
(1) Jacksonville Sharks 14 4 .778 1158 908 8–0 12–0 8–1 6–3
(3) [a] 11 7 .611 1007 931 5–3 7–5 5–4 6–3
(4) Orlando Predators 11 7 .611 1001 933 4–4 8–4 6–3 5–4
Tampa Bay Storm 7 11 .389 802 993 2–6 4–8 4–5 3–6
New Orleans VooDoo 3 15 .167 826 1017 1–7 2–10 0–9 3–6
National Conference
Central Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
(2) Chicago Rush 13 5 .722 957 833 6–2 9–3 7–2 6–3
(3) Dallas Vigilantes 11 7 .611 1061 1007 6–2 7–5 6–3 5–4
Tulsa Talons 8 10 .444 894 899 3–5 4–7 4–5 4–5
Kansas City Command 6 12 .333 854 974 3–5 4–9 4–4 2–7
Iowa Barnstormers 5 13 .278 916 1116 2–6 5–7 4–5 1–8
West Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
(1) Arizona Rattlers 16 2 .889 1114 836 5–1 9–2 8–1 8–1
(4) Spokane Shock[b] 9 9 .500 1057 1027 3–3 6–5 7–2 2–7
Utah Blaze 9 9 .500 1082 1117 2–4 4–7 7–2 2–7
San Jose SaberCats 7 11 .389 1022 1080 2–4 4–7 6–3 1–8

Regular season standings

On July 9, the Spokane Shock and Utah Blaze played in a game billed as the "Joe Albi Stadium Summer Classic". The game was played outdoors at Joe Albi Stadium under normal arena football rules.[9]

Each team played an 18-game regular season with two bye weeks over the course of 20 weeks, making it the longest schedule in the history of the league. The first game of the season was played on March 11, 2011. The Pittsburgh Power began their inaugural season against the Philadelphia Soul, who played their first game since winning ArenaBowl XXII in 2008.

Regular season schedule

Conference Division Teams
American East Cleveland Gladiators, Milwaukee Mustangs, Philadelphia Soul, Pittsburgh Power
South Jacksonville Sharks, New Orleans VooDoo, Orlando Predators, Tampa Bay Storm
National Central Chicago Rush, Dallas Vigilantes, Iowa Barnstormers, Kansas City Command, Tulsa Talons
West Arizona Rattlers, San Jose SaberCats, Spokane Shock, Utah Blaze

With several teams relocating, returning, or leaving, the AFL announced the divisional alignment for 2011 on October 21, 2010. Both conferences each have nine teams placed in two divisions.[8]

Realignment

The only team that did not return from the 2010 season is the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. Owner Phil Miller made the announcement on October 21, 2010, citing an inability to find minority investors as one reason for the decision to not compete.[7]

The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was awarded an expansion team on August 20, 2010. The team, named the Pittsburgh Power, is the first AFL team to call Pittsburgh home since the Pittsburgh Gladiators, one of the league's four original franchises. The Gladiators moved to Tampa, Florida and became the Tampa Bay Storm after the 1990 season.[6]

The Milwaukee Iron officially changed its name to the Milwaukee Mustangs on January 27, 2011, taking the name of the original franchise.[5]

[4].New Orleans VooDoo would become the Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings and on September 14, 2010 it was revealed that the [3]

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