Manage episode 334481898 series 3293078
Jeff Brohm was the quarterback of the Rage for most of the regular season, amassing a 6-0 record as starter during his first time at the helm. The team looked to be the league's powerhouse franchise under Brohm. He showed his toughness after he suffered an injury from a devastating hit by at the hands of Memphis Maniax defensive end Shante Carver in Week 5. Brohm came back a week later against Las Vegas, but the following week he suffered a career ending shoulder injury against the Los Angeles Extreme and his season was done for good. It led to him being replaced by Brian Kuklick after six games. While Kuklick filled in the role of quarterback admirably, the team lost a valuable leader on offense.
The team went 2-2 in Kuklick's care. The team finished their only regular season with an 8-2 record, the best in the league, but were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the 5-5 San Francisco Demons. Orlando had an early 16-0 advantage but allowed San Francisco to pull ahead and take a 26--16 lead by the fourth quarter. The Rage got within one point but the Demons successfully ran out the clock and won 26-25. San Francisco would go on to lose the XFL Championship Game versus Los Angeles 38-6. Many in the league were disappointed, hoping for a match-up against the two division champions. NBC dropped the XFL concept after the first season (2001) due to dismal ratings, and the league folded soon afterward.