2016 Arizona Rattlers season

Last updated
2016 Arizona Rattlers season
Head coach Kevin Guy
General manager Kevin Guy
Owner Ron Shurts
Home field Talking Stick Resort Arena
Results
Record 13–3
Conference place 1st National
Playoff finishWon National Conference Semifinals 84–40 (Steel)
Won National Conference Championship 82–41 (Gladiators)
Lost ArenaBowl XXIX 42–56 (Soul)

The 2016 Arizona Rattlers season was the twenty-fourth season for the arena football franchise in the Arena Football League. The team was coached by Kevin Guy and played their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena. They moved to the Indoor Football League after the season.

The 2016 Arena Football League season was the 29th season in the history of the Arena Football League. Prior to the start of the season, the league contracted to eight teams. The 16-game regular season then began on April 1, 2016 and ended on August 1, 2016. The league, however, kept its eight-team playoff format, which meant that every club qualified for the postseason.

Arizona Rattlers

The Arizona Rattlers are a professional indoor American football team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are currently members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers were founded in 1992 as an expansion team in the Arena Football League and were the third oldest active franchise in the AFL until their departure in 2016. They play their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Rattlers are led by head coach Kevin Guy. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers have won ten division titles and have played in nine ArenaBowl Championship games, winning championships in 1994, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2014. The Rattlers also won the 2017 United Bowl in their first season in the IFL.

Arena football style of indoor gridiron football

Arena football is a variety of indoor gridiron football played by the Arena Football League (AFL) and China Arena Football League (CAFL). The game is played indoors on a smaller field than American or Canadian outdoor football, resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in 1981, and patented in 1987, by Jim Foster, a former executive of the National Football League and the United States Football League. The name is trademarked by Gridiron Enterprises and had a proprietary format until its patent expired in 2007. Due to the patent, other indoor American football leagues that launched following the popularity of the original AFL developed variants on the arena rules.

Contents

Standings

2016 National Conference standings
Team Overall Points Record
WLPCTPFPACONHomeAway
x-Arizona Rattlers 13 3 .813 1,068 766 8–0 8–0 5–3
Los Angeles Kiss 7 9 .438 736 748 4–4 5–4 2–5
Cleveland Gladiators 7 9 .438 826 934 2–4 4–4 3–5
Portland Steel 3 13 .188 670 926 1–7 3–4 0–9

Schedule

Regular season

The 2016 regular season schedule was released on December 10, 2015. [1]

Week Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance Report
Score Record
1 Friday April 1 10:00 p.m. EDT at Portland Steel W 80–28 1–0 Moda Center 6,782 [2]
2 Saturday April 9 11:00 p.m. EDT at Los Angeles KISS W 69–28 2–0 Honda Center 6,427 [3]
3 Saturday April 16 9:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Storm W 60–27 3–0 Talking Stick Resort Arena 14,872 [4]
4 Saturday April 23 7:00 p.m. EDT at Jacksonville Sharks W 75–68 (OT) 4–0 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 8,354 [5]
5 Saturday April 30 9:00 p.m. EDT Portland SteelW 68–21 5–0 Talking Stick Resort Arena 11,510 [6]
6 Saturday May 7 7:30 p.m. EDT at Orlando Predators L 59–77 5–1 Amway Center 10,512 [7]
7 Friday May 14 6:30 p.m. EDT at Philadelphia Soul L 58–65 5–2 Wells Fargo Center 8,580 [8]
8 Saturday May 21 9:00 p.m. EDT Los Angeles KISSW 47–34 6–2 Talking Stick Resort Arena 14,519 [9]
9 Sunday May 29 2:00 p.m. EDT at Tampa Bay StormL 56–63 6–3 Amalie Arena 8,298 [10]
10 Friday June 3 7:00 p.m. EDT at Cleveland Gladiators W 77–62 7–3 Quicken Loans Arena 11,797
11 Saturday June 11 9:00 p.m. EDT Portland SteelW 76–49 8–3 Talking Stick Resort Arena 14,401
12 Friday June 17 10:00 p.m. EDT Philadelphia SoulW 80–63 9–3 Talking Stick Resort Arena 11,067
13 Sunday June 26 6:00 p.m. EDT at Los Angeles KISSW 64–49 10–3 Honda Center 7,090
14Bye
15 Saturday July 9 9:30 p.m. EDT Jacksonville SharksW 69–67 11–3 Talking Stick Resort Arena 11,874
16 Monday July 18 9:30 p.m. EDT Orlando PredatorsW 62–45 12–3 Talking Stick Resort Arena 9,628
17 Sunday July 24 9:00 p.m. EDT Cleveland GladiatorsW 68–20 13–3 Talking Stick Resort Arena 12,823
18Bye

Playoffs

Round Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance Report
NC Semifinals Saturday August 6 10:00 p.m.EDT Portland Steel W 84–40 Talking Stick Resort Arena 13,192
NC Championship Saturday August 13 9:00 p.m.EDT Cleveland Gladiators W 82–41 Talking Stick Resort Arena 15,103
ArenaBowl XXIX Friday August 26 7:00 p.m.EDT Philadelphia Soul L 42–56 Gila River Arena 13,390

Roster

2016 Arizona Rattlers roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Injured reserve

League suspension

Other league exempt

Refused to report

Inactive reserve

Recallable reassignment

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 12, 2016
25 Active, 22 Inactive

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