Former Redblacks’ OC Jaime Elizondo breathes life into XFL’s Vipers

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A face familiar to CFL fans has breathed life into the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL.

After a rough first couple of games, Vipers’ head coach Marc Trestman — formerly of the Alouettes and Argonauts — handed his team’s offensive play calling duties to offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo. Trestman had been calling the plays through the first two weeks with little to no success.

It’s been a small sample size, but it seems to have paid off so far.

This reports comes from Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports.

Jaime Elizondo may have saved the Vipers

Everyone and their mother was ready for Tampa Bay to can Marc Trestman after the Vipers started 0-2 and looked incredibly incompetent in the process. But then Trestman turned the offensive reins — specifically the play-calling duties — over to Mr. Elizondo, a longtime CFL assistant. Think it made a difference? In Weeks 1-2, the Vipers scored a combined 12 points. Since Elizondo has been manning the offensive game plan, they’ve scored 52. More than that, he’s helped QB Taylor Cornelius look incredibly comfortable, leaning on running backs De’Veon Smith and Jacques Patrick (230 combined yards in Week 4) to rejuvenate Tampa’s entire season.

Not only did the Vipers’ offence struggle through the first two weeks of the regular season, their backup quarterback Quinton Flowers left the team. Trestman has only said that Flowers left for personal reasons and could return to the club. Others have speculated he wasn’t happy with his situation.

For now, it appears that Trestman’s seat has cooled a little. Funny how a win does that.