After Saturday night’s 70-31 win over the Orlando Predators in the home opener at the Westchester County Center, New York Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio did an interview with sideline reporter Alex Giaimo on the MSG Plus telecast and said something quite interesting. Even though the Streets are now 2-0, Marsilio was far from satisfied.
“We have a lot of work to do,” said Marsilio on the telecast. “We’re 2-0 but we’re not a good team yet. We’re not executing every play like we need to.”
Marsilio has certainly raised the bar for his team even after they won their first two games by a combined scored of 112-72. The Streets are now 2-0 heading into their bye week and they’ll return to action on Saturday May 4th when they visit the defending champion Carolina Cobras who are also off to a 2-0 start after a pair of wins over the Massachusetts Pirates.
Between now and then, the Streets will take a deep breath and go over all the good things they’ve accomplished and the mistakes that they’ve made.
"We are going to use our bye week as a time for players to re-energize and take some much needed time off to see their families,” Marsilio told me this week. "The time away will provide many opportunities for our players to get out into the New York City and Westchester County communities and give back."
Expansion teams in sports don’t typically have this much success right off the bat, but you can point to a couple of recent examples to show why it’s possible for the Streets to compete for a championship this season. The Carolina Cobras were an expansion team last year and won the NAL title and the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL went to the Stanley Cup Final last year in their first season of existence.
The Streets have put together a talented roster and the results have been perfect so far with wins over Jacksonville and Orlando, but while the record is 2-0, there is still room for improvement.
"As I noted after the game, we have a lot of work to do in the film room and have to get better at execution,” said Marsilio. "We are excited to be 2-0, however, we are back to 0-0 heading to (Carolina). Coach (Billy) Back and his staff has assembled a very talented team and he is going to coach them up.”
The bye week affords the Streets the opportunity to closely examine the game film from the first two contests and break down all the highs and lows.
Offensively, the Streets were almost perfect on Saturday night scoring on every possession guided by veteran quarterback E.J. Nemeth. The three time indoor football champion completed 14 out of 18 passes for 251 yards and seven touchdowns with five of them going to Rob Jones.
There were some plays that didn’t work out, but things were smooth for the most part for the second straight week and now it’s chance to hit the the reset button.
“We’re coming together well as a team and playing good complementary football,” said Nemeth. “Make no mistake though that there’s many things to improve on. I will use the bye week to rest up as it’s spring break for me (from his day job teaching and coaching) and I’ll spend time with my daughter Winnie.”
Defensively, Denzel Thompson returned two interceptions for touchdowns and led the Streets with 5.5 tackles. Former SEC defensive linemen Herbert Moore and Brandon Ivory registered sacks ad the Streets’ did not allow the Predators to convert on any of their third down opportunities.
The results have been good through two games, but the Streets aren’t about to get complacent.
“There’s lots of work needed over the next two weeks,” said Marsilio. “We will re-evaluate every position and bring in free agents to work out this week and next. We are excited about the direction we are heading. We have a great nucleus and need one or two position players to make us better.”
It’s hard to imagine how much better the Streets can be after the performances they’ve had in the first two games, but it’s clear that this is a franchise that has championship aspirations and will stop at nothing to get better. After back to back away games with Carolina and Orlando, the Streets will return home on Saturday May 18th to take on the Massachusetts Pirates.
When fans file in to the arena to enjoy the Street Life that evening, they just might see a team that will be even better that what they’ve shown over the first two weeks of the season.
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