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By NLars3 on Mar 9, 2018 at 10:16 PM
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    Alright XCFL fans, this article is going to be a little throw back where we take a look back through Coach Larson's XCFL Career so far. Checking out some of his top seasons, top players and more. So with that being said let's get right into it...

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    Larson's XCFL career began back during the Madden 17 cycle, Season 5 of the XCFL. He took over a terrible San Francisco 49ers roster and began a vert challenging rebuild in one of the toughest divisions the XCFL had to offer. Larson got the ship turned around but it was too late, the cycle came to an end and his final season of M17 ended with a divisional playoffs loss to Coach Jack Tyler and the Rams. You can see from the graphic that M18 has been better for Larson and his hometown Detroit Lions. Over Larson's career he has a 86-62 record and looks to keep improving that throughout the rest of this cycle.

    Let's take a trip down memory lane and check out some of the best statistical seasons under Larson..

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    First up passing leaders. Larson has only used four QBs throughout his career. Phillip Kirby had a nice run in San Fran but couldn't take the Niners over the top so he was eventually traded for picks, which brought in a stud projected 5th round QB Chissom Bragg. Bragg put up some huge seasons towards the end of M17 with a very talented WR core. As far as M18 goes, it has been the Matthew Stafford show. Stafford has been a Pro Bowler every season and has been fantastic for the Lions. Only time will tell if the young Blair Overhauser can etch his name in XCFL greatness...

    Onto rushing leaders...

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    Well one name sticks out on that list and that is Tevin Coleman. Coleman has been a monster since coming to Detroit throughout the M18 cycle. Rushing for at least 1,000 yards every season and getting into the end zone at will. Some of the XCFL Vets will remember Jarred Kuehl the M17 XCFL Hall of Fame RB that spent time with Yoast in New England and Larson in San Francisco. Towards the end of M17 the Niners drafted 97 speed Adrian Hilton who ended up being a stud to finish out the M17 cycle.

    Let's check out the top pass catchers under Coach Larson...

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    Everyone who was around for the M17 cycle remembers how dominant Brandin Cooks was. He split time with the Saints and Niners and man did he put up big numbers boasting two of the top four seasons under Larson. Another top WR from M17 was DeMarco Dillon who lined up next to Cooks. Dillon came over from New England and developed into everything Larson and the staff wanted him to, a reliable pass catching playmaker. We can't forget to talk about Jarvis Landry who's career took of the minute he got paired with Matthew Stafford in Detroit, putting up massive touchdown numbers. Last year's rookie of the year Dixon Bishop's one full season already sits at 3rd all time on the list, but who knows how many more he could have. Plus it's only a matter of time before newly acquired Gordon Todd sees his name all over this list as well.

    Last but not least, the top defensive players...

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    There's a lot going on on this graphic so we will just highlight a couple of key players. In Larson's first draft back in Season 5, he took a FS named JaCorie Haskins with the 20th pick in the 1st round. Haskins turned into a stud and the leader of the 49er defense. Posted massive tackling numbers while being a ball hawk and a hard hitter as well. In that same draft, in the 7th round Larson snagged a SS named Santiago Kinder. Kinder was 6'4 220 lbs. and ran a 4.40 40 yard dash. Both started immediately and remained starters the remainder of the cycle. Obviously Larson's safety luck continued into M18, with the likes of Josh Jones. Jones has been the most talented player Larson has ever coached, earning back to back to back NFC Best DB and winning the Season 11 Most Outstanding Player Award. Jones also has posted the three highest INT totals under Coach Larson.

    Thanks for tuning in fellas! Always fun to look back at a little XCFL history. Only time will tell players will make a name for themselves and make their mark on the XCFL throughout the Madden 18 Cycle!

    If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to take a look at this episode of the Hitstick Podcast where we recap the top 25 players of the Madden 17 Cycle. We will be doing it again for the M18 Cycle.

    Check it out here... Start's at the 1:30 mark..


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