2013 Preview: Orlando Predators

Josh Bush's return to "The Jungle" is one of many moves that could make ArenaBowl XXVI a home game for the Predators.

Feb. 5, 2013


2012 RECORD: 4-14 (5th, American Conference South)

LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE: 2011, lost to Jacksonville Sharks in the Quarterfinals

COACH (RECORD): Doug Plank (58-24 overall, 0-0 with Orlando)

OFFENSIVE STAR: Josh Bush, WR (115 receptions, 1,799 receiving yards, 37 TD)

DEFENSIVE STAR: Simeon Castille, DB (108.5 tackles, 22 PBU, 7 INT)

2012 OFFENSIVE TEAM RANKS: 13th overall (3rd rushing, 14th passing), 16th scoring (42.8 ppg)

2012 DEFENSIVE TEAM RANKS: 6th overall (14th rushing, 5th passing), 4th scoring (50.1 ppg)

KEY ADDITIONS: QB Kyle Rowley (Spokane), WR Josh Bush (New Orleans), WR Prechae Rodriguez (Tampa Bay), DL Drew Berube (Cleveland), DL R-Kal Truluck (free agent), LB Kelvin Morris (Chicago), LB Tim Cheatwood (Cleveland), DB Dominic Jones (Cleveland), DB Gladel Brutus (New Orleans)

KEY DEPARTURES: WR/KR Dwayne Eley Jr. (San Antonio)

KEY FREE AGENTS: QB Chris Leak, WR Glen Fox, DB Kenny McEntyre

MARQUEE MATCHUPS: Tampa Bay (Week 4), at Philadelphia (Week 9)

PROGNOSIS: The Orlando Predators have a new coach, a offensive unit and a new attitude moving into 2013. The team added a pair of new quarterbacks and two dangerous scoring threats in receivers Josh Bush and Prechae Rodriguez. Fellow receivers T.T. Toliver and Jarvis Williams return as well. Defensive linemen Quinn Pitcock and Terrance Carter are prepped for big years, while the team has also brought in 2001 AFL Rookie of the Year R-Kal Truluck, who will return to the Arena game for the first time since 2008, and former All-Arena Jack linebacker Kelvin Morris. The Predators added a pair of young defensive backs in Dominic Jones and Gladel Brutus to a secondary that already included Simeon Castille and Travis Coleman. There is plenty of talent on the team, but how well - and how quickly - they mesh together will go far in determining whether the Predators make good on owner Brett Bouchy's 10-win guarantee.