Despite finishing the season with a big victory over a depleted Stuttgart Surge team, the Berlin Thunder and head coach Jag Bal have ended their relationship. The Thunder ended their season with a 3-7 record, beating Stuttgart twice, and Barcelona once.
Although Berlin had a strong defense, with DE Kolin Hill having 9.5 sacks, Adedayo Odeleye with 8.5, and Wael Nasri leading the league with 141 tackles, the passing game struggled, which was a major part of why their season ended the way it did. The running game though, led by Joc Crawford was 2nd in the league.
General Manager Heiko von Glahn had this to say ahead of their official statement on Instagram.
“Despite the recent positive development of the team, in particular the end of season victory in Stuttgart, we were not able to agree on a mutual strategy for the team in the next season. We thank Jag Bal for the work he has done and his contribution in establishing the Berlin franchise. We wish Jag all the best for his further career as a coach.”General Manager Heiko von Glahn
The Hamburg Sea Devils also parted ways with their head coach this year, Ted Daisher, but they didn’t seem t lose a beat. The Barcelona Dragons split with their offensive coordinator, promoting running backs coach Patrick Wennin, and they were able to finish the season winning 2 of 4, including a 60-51 shootout with the playoff-bound Cologne Centurions.
With expansion on the horizon for the ELF, who knows what coach – or player for that matter – will be where, but the Thunder are already making moves in preparations for 2022.