The New York Guardians had the ugliest performance in Week 2 of the XFL.
Kevin Gilbride’s club laid a fat goose-egg on the road against DC and QB Matt McGloin publicly buried his team.
McGloin told ESPN before halftime that the Guardians’ performance was “embarrassing” and that they needed to “change the whole entire game plan at halftime.
“There’s a lot of stuff going on behind closed doors,” McGloin added. “We need to clean that up. Communication is especially one and it showed today. At no point in time did I think we were comfortable out there. At no point in time did I think we were in a position to try to be successful. I think it was pretty easy to see.”
Gilbride eventually pulled McGloin from the game and handed the QB keys to Marquise Williams. It is unclear who will start on Sunday against the BattleHawks.
New York Guardians QB controversy
QB controversies can go one of two ways. It can rally a team. It also can bury a team’s season.
It remains to be seen how the Guardians’ quarterback controversy will play out. But there may be a silver lining for New York and New York bettors right now.
Their ugly 27-0 loss to DC last week may not have been as brutal as the scoreboard indicated. The Defenders look like the class of the XFL right now and the DC home crowd is the best in the league.
The Guardians may have just run into an early season buzz saw.
Guardians BattleHawks showdown
The Guardians are 10 point road underdogs against the BattleHawks at DraftKings Sportsbook. Ditto for FanDuel Sportsbook. Same deal for 888 Sport and Bet365.
There is a slight discrepancy on the moneyline at several books, however. New York is +320 at FanDuel. And they are +310 at 888.
The total for the game is set at 40.5 at FanDuel.