Days before the Tampa Bay Vipers were set to take on the DC Defenders in Week 4 of the XFL season, QB Quinton Flowers was said to be dissatisfied with his role on the team, which reportedly led to him asking for his release.
Over the weekend, the team took the field and finally joined the winner’s circle and did so in dominating fashion. Quarterback Taylor Cornelius completed 24 of 31 passes or 211 yards and a touchdown while also running for 36 yards and a TD.
On Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reported that Flowers would be returning back to the team.
The Vipers came into the game having allowed the most touchdowns in the league while scoring the fewest. They fixed both by scoring 25 points and not allowing a single point to the Defenders.
“I’m really proud of our team for their resilience,” coach Marc Trestman said. “It’s part of this winding road through adversity and success that a football season brings. … They got a little bit of what they deserved tonight.”
“We go in and we work really hard with our run game because we think we have two running backs who deserve to handle the ball,” Trestman said. “We don’t plan on how we’re going to get it done, but we work hard both equally with our run and pass game throughout the week, and I think that takes the pressure off a (quarterback) who’s only played 13 … games (as a starter) in college, so he gets his feet underneath him.”