By Worthy Vieth
September 19, 2014
Miami, FL - The Miami Crush, of the Professional Developmental Football League, introduced James J Fayed III as their new head coach for the upcoming 2015 season. Coach Fayed is not new to the PDFL, as he was the coach for the Utah Argos in the 2013 season.
"I want to thank first God for this opportunity; I also want to thank Mr. Alba and the entire Crush management for the opportunity to bring a PDFL championship to Miami. We will lead this team with a culture of winning built on a foundation of excellence and pride in our job on and off the field. – Coach James J Fayed III
Miami Crush head coach, JJ Fayed bring 17 years of scouting and coaching experience to the Crush franchise and has been called one of the top offensive minds in the game. His resume includes experience coaching and scouting at the youth, high school, Semi-Professional, and Professional (CFL, Indoor, Europe, and NFL) levels.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your background in football?
A: “I worked in scouting department with the several CFL clubs, worked as a scouting analysis for a technique coach in the NFL,
“I have always had an attraction to the developmental league of football, the people who make the d-league rosters won’t make millions of dollars, and it is kind of the middle of “the love of the game ”and“ making it a career We all want that perfect job, but I like where I am at, I don’t know if I want to move up in career from this level, it’s rewarding and you still get to have a lot of fun and still have a life.”
Q: With your skills and experience, what do you expect to bring to the Miami Crush Football organization?
A: “My goal is to find that diamond in the rough, find the guy that can run a 4.35 forty, or tackle like Hercules. What I want to bring to the Miami Crush Organization is to win; it’s all about winning. But really the main goal is to advance our players, help the players get to a level that they can make this a career or at least get them to the point where they can figure out what they want to do. Not everyone is going to get the big payday, but maybe we can give them a way station until they figure out what they want to do.”
“My moto is play smart and play physical, I know when I was in Utah, teams like Seattle and Portland didn’t enjoy playing us because regardless if we won or lost, we were going to play smart and physical we were going to make you feel it the next morning.”
Q: What do you expect from the Miami Crush Football organization?
A: “I want to make sure the games we scheduled will be played at the correct time we schedule them. I want to make sure we look sharp on the field with nice uniforms and also a great facility for the players and the coaching staff to work in. I just want to make sure they do their best at being professional because I am going to do my best and trying to bring the best talent out of the players I bring in and out of the players we have that are looking to get to the next level."
Q: What are some obstacles/challenges you see from going from a coordinator to a head coach?
A: "The biggest obstacle from going from a coordinator to a head coach is you have to learn to distance your self from everybody. You can’t be everybody’s best friend. In Utah I learned that there is a fine line, when people say a players coach, that’s an old term that use mean that a coach was more a little closer to the players than he should be. But I think a player’s coach means that he understands the plight of the players, and he operates fairly and firmly. Not picking favorites, as long as you play well, you get the perks, which are playing more or starting."
“When you’re the head coach, you have to play the middle of the emotional card. But that’s not to say that if we make a big play, I’m going to hold my emotions back. I’m probably going to run with my players to the end zone and show some excitement with the players and staff. "
The Professional Developmental Football League returns to action in 2015. The PDFL is 11-on-11 football played with NFL rules. The league is designed to give athletes, coaches and executives platforms to display and improve their skills as they pursue professional careers at the next level.
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