As difficult as this season has been for the Power -- four starting quarterbacks, three kickers and two three-point losses -- coach Chris Siegfried points out that his team still, technically, controls its own destiny in terms of earning an Arena Football League playoff berth.
The Power (2-7) is a long shot at best to qualify for the postseason, but that hasn't stopped Siegfried from being, as he put it, "a glass-half-full kind of guy."
"Make no mistake about it, I refuse to let any players, coaches or anybody in the organization talk anything about being negative because that's just not how I operate," he said Wednesday.
Such optimism could be necessary to keep morale steady in a season where much has gone wrong. The Power will have what seems to be a golden chance to end a four-game losing streak tonight when winless Kansas City (0-8) comes to Consol Energy Center.
"It would be absolutely huge," Siegfried said of a win this week. "It's crucial to win this week, especially going into a bye week."
On the bright side, the Power seems to have found stability at the quarterback position -- finally. Bryan Randall has started three consecutive games and turned in his best performance this season in a 68-52 loss to San Antonio last week. The former Virginia Tech quarterback threw for 387 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
"Although it's not been translated into wins the last couple of weeks, there's no doubt in my mind that each and every week, especially since Bryan Randall became our starter, that we've gotten better and better," Siegfried said.
As soon as the quarterback situation stabilized, the kicking position became a revolving door of players. First, Collin Wagner quit two weeks ago, then the team signed Trey Kramer, who missed four extra points in a 55-52 loss May 5 to Georgia.
Last week, the Power signed Seth Burkholder to kick against the Talons, but he also struggled, missing all three extra-point attempts.
When asked what his strategy was moving forward with extra points and field goals, Siegfried simply responded, "Make 'em." The Power signed Geoff Boyer to handle kicking duties this week.
"When you struggle as much as we have making an extra point or making a field goal within 20 yards, that's tough to accept," Siegfried said.
With a team ranked at or near the bottom of the league in every offensive category coming to town, the Power has a chance to gain at least some sense of positive momentum heading into their open week. Just as they've lost four games in a row, the season can easily swing the other way with a winning streak.
First Published May 19, 2012 12:00 AM