For the third time, the XFL is making its debut but it’s going to have Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a co-owner this time. The football league is coming back in 2023 and while some things haven’t been announced yet, the XFL have made one big announcement before play begins.
Johnson, along with co-owner Dany Garcia announced the eight head coaches. The list includes Bob Stoops, who was coaching the Dallas Renegades when the XFL temporarily shut down after an abbreviated 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other head coaches include Reggie Barlow, Anthony Becht, Terrell Buckley, Jim Haslett, Wade Phillips, Hines Ward, and Rod Woodson. While it’s not yet announced where these people will be coaching and who they will be coaching, it’s a group of coaches with a wide range of playing and coaching experience.
XFL fans and those in the general football world reacted to the XFL’s announcement, including some of the coaches themselves.
— XFL (@XFL2023) April 13, 2022
So excited and honored to be picked as an XFL Head Coach. Great that XFL is back and so happy to be back myself!
— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) April 13, 2022
— Anthony Becht (@Anthony_Becht) April 13, 2022
I’m so proud to be part of this organization! Let’s get it 🦾🔥 https://t.co/BLvpYLbfPX
— Terrell Buckley (@27TBuck) April 13, 2022
Coach Becht has a nice ring to it.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 13, 2022
LFG!!! You’ve been working so hard for this….proud of you dad❤️ pic.twitter.com/b1GFeVZA4Y
— Rocco Becht (@RoccoBecht) April 13, 2022
WADE PHILLIPS LFGGGGGG https://t.co/rBGssdN3p1
— Kyle Madson (@KyleAMadson) April 13, 2022
AND Wade Phillips?? I’m beyond sold. (Again) pic.twitter.com/l6rmu6Nc17
— Andrew Adams (@AAdamsWX) April 13, 2022
Real solid group of coaches for the XFL:
Wade Phillips, Hines Ward, Bob Stoops, Rod Woodson, Terrell Buckley, Anthony Becht, Jim Haslett, and Reggie Barlow.
— Bill Enright (@BillEnright) April 13, 2022
— Stephen Gunter (@Stephen_Gunter) April 13, 2022
Looking forward to Hines Ward having the most physical WR group in the XFL. https://t.co/EvO0iwReHA
— Daniel Valente (@StatsGuyDaniel) April 13, 2022
Wade Phillips in a league that encourages personality? Chef’s kiss. https://t.co/MwvBtITXXq
— Seth C. Payne (@SethCPayne) April 13, 2022