By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Things have not gone according to plan for the Philadelphia Soul early in the 2014 season.
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As the two-time defending American Conference champions come off a bye week, they sit at 0-2 with a visit to Tampa Bay set for Friday night.
“It’s never fun to go into a bye week with a loss,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel tells KYW Newsradio. “Especially [since] you have two weeks basically to think about it, instead of getting that bad taste out of your mouth and get back on the field. But we had a few injuries, good to hopefully get a few guys back that we thought we might miss. And gain some guys that have been on the injury list already. We’ll see, I think we’ll be fine as far as injury wise.”
In their last game action, the Soul got beat up in San Jose, losing 70-33, on March 23rd.
“A good old fashioned butt whipping,” Dolezel says. “We lost all three phases. We didn’t play well, they played well, things went their way. I’ve been involved in those games — the good thing is I’ve been on the good side of it more times than I’ve been on the bad side — and that’s not a good feeling to get whipped like that.”
But it is a long season, and the Soul will look to get on track with their third straight road game to open the campaign on Friday.
“We’re playing a good football team in Tampa Bay,” Dolezel says. “They’re 2-1, they should be 3-0. They lost this past game because they couldn’t run out the clock. They fumbled a snap to try and ice the game and Orlando ended up going down and scoring and winning late. They are a very good football team; they are playing with a lot of confidence. We’ve got to go out and get a win — they’re not going to be given to us.”
The Soul and the Tampa Bay Storm will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.
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