Although the season for the ESX3 football league doesn’t officially start until July 16th, that doesn’t mean the work isn’t being put in now. That’s no different for the Georgia Thrashers.
“We’re in the off-season phase right now so we probably won’t setup any pre-season until Mid-June,” Thrasher co-owner and offensive coordinator Cameron Adams told DFUSA. “We’re hungry though. We went 7-2 last season, but had a disappointing loss in the first round. We lost to the Georgia Cardinals during the season and then we lost to the Georgia Chargers in the playoffs.”
Despite the discouraging finish, this is a team that has already come a long way in its short time.
“We took over another team, the Atlanta Seahawks,” Adams said. “The owner of that team reached out to us and wanted us to coach it. We pretty much took that team and revived it, changed the name, added some new players, and added our new flavor to it. Our very first game as the Thrashers we only lost by two in the last minute.”
Even with their meteoric rise as an organization, the leadership and players are not happy with just being good.
“Right now, we’re revamping a lot of things,” Adams stated. “We have some real players though. Anthony ‘Peanut’ Williams is our running back. He’s about 5-foot-5, but also about 200 pounds, maybe a little bigger. He’s a real downhill runner. He’s not really looking to make you miss. We have Darius ‘DJ’ Johnson at wide receiver. We just picked up another named Julian Bellinger, who played for Toledo. We’re really big on him as well. Up front we have our center Martin Green and he’s a crucial part of our offense.
“Defensively, it’s hard to pick out a few players because the defense as a whole is ridiculous. They may have given up 28 points the entire season. Marcus Singleton, our nose tackle, he’s pretty big for us. He used to play for the Georgia Canes. We have Bo Harris, our defensive end and linebacker who played for Auburn. We have Mike Navarre, who plays outside linebacker and led the team in sacks. Tony Woods our safety is really good and made a lot of plays for us. He also came through big time in the playoff game. I could go on and on with defensive players.”
Despite the strength of their defense, the Thrashers still had their fair share of struggles on the other side of the ball.
On offense we had a lack of chemistry as far as quarterbacks and receivers,” Adams said. “We averaged a lot of yards, but we had a difficult time putting it in the end zone. With it being our first year and practicing only once a week, it was difficult. I create my own formations as offensive coordinator. I like to think of myself as a strategic coach.”
Led by the strength of their defense and a re-vamped, reinvigorated offense, the Thrashers have big expectations for this season.
“We want a championship and nothing less,” Adams stated emphatically. “We want to get a lot of rings; that’s all we want to do. Last year, as a first-year team we wanted it all and then lost to the Chargers. We don’t want that to happen again. Our focus right now is on this upcoming season. Everything that happened last year was last year. We want to go into this season and show everybody who we really are. We want to and will treat everybody the same way. We’re not looking at the Georgia Chargers anymore than we’re looking at a team that’s just starting up. For us, everything is about championships and everybody in our way. During the summer of 2016 we’re looking for revenge. I don’t want to just focus on the Chargers. I want to focus on each game of the schedule.
With that attitude and intensity, it’s easy to see why there are big hopes surrounding the Georgia Thrashers. For anyone that wants to be a part of it, Adams has a message.
“I’m a 30-year old co-owner and second-year offensive coordinator, but my knowledge for the game is amazing,” Adams said. “I don’t want to make any money off of this or off of the players. That’s not the point. They put in what they put in. Everybody has to pay just so we can play. I just want to bring semi-pro back in Georgia.”