Power set to rebound on road vs. Milwaukee
Adversity engulfs the Power in many forms and almost all the time.
First it was injury, the theme of the team's expansion season in the Arena Football League in 2011. Coach Chris Siegfried needed five quarterbacks to get through the season.
At the outset of this season, there was the threat of a strike and an ensuing roster upheaval.
Now it's trying to carry on after an embarrassing 84-59 loss in the home opener to the Philadelphia Soul. The Power committed seven turnovers, and fullback Tyre Young vomited on the Consol Energy Center turf after scoring a touchdown.
"I moved on from that game about five minutes after it was over," Siegfried said.
The Power (1-1) seek to smooth out their wrinkles at 8 p.m. Thursday when they visit the Milwaukee Mustangs at Bradley Center.
Despite his team allowing 12 touchdowns, including seven receptions, an interception and a 12-yard onside kick return, Siegfried was willing to forgive a defense that was together for the first time. Only defensive back Chris LeFlore played an entire game before meeting the Soul.
The Power are expecting a boost when Neil Purvis, the team's best defensive lineman a year ago, is expected to return.
Quarterback Bill Stull, who signed less than a week before last week's game after missing training camp, threw three interceptions and was sacked twice.
"He probably forced the ball a little bit in the fourth quarter," Siegfried said. "When he gets to the point where he was last year, we are going to be (playing well). There are a lot of nuances he is still learning."
Siegfried is willing to be patient, but his good mood may not last.
"When you get embarrassed at home, you learn what kind of man you are, what kind of team you are and what kind of character you have," he said. "I'll be real anxious to see what kind of team shows up in Milwaukee."
Power at Milwaukee Mustangs
When/where: 8 p.m. Thursday/Bradley Center, Milwaukee
Radio/TV: WPCW, (8 p.m. Saturday tape delay)/TribLive Radio
Records: Mustangs (1-1), Power (1-1)
The last meeting: The Power defeated the Mustangs, 39-38, on June 25, 2011, to complete a two-game series sweep.
Of note: The Mustangs are tied for third in the Arena Football League with 130 points.
Players to watch
Power: Randy Hymes, WR — After six seasons in the NFL with the Ravens, Jaguars and Vikings, he is starting for the Power, leading the team in receiving yards (112) in last week's loss to the Philadelphia Soul.
Mustangs: Luis Vasquez, DL — He had four tackles and 2.5 sacks last week in a 65-42 victory against the New Orleans VooDoo.