Report: Daryl Johnston, Mike Riley to head San Antonio AAF team as G.M., head coach

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The Alliance of American Football continues to seek out people with past NFL ties to head their franchises.

According to Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio, former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston and former San Diego Chargers head coach Mike Riley are expected to be named as the General Manager and head coach of the AAF’s San Antoinio franchise.

Johnston spent 11 years as a player with the Cowboys and has been a longtime color analyst on FOX broadcasts of NFL games.

Riley has spent most of his coaching career in the college ranks, but spent three years as head coach of the Chargers from 1999-2001. After a one-year stint as an associated head coach with the New Orleans Saints, he returned to his former job as head coach at Oregon State University in 2003.

Johnston and Riley would be the latest of a growing group of people with NFL backgrounds latching onto the AAF. Like Martz, Brad Childress, Mike Singletary, Rick Neuheisel, Dennis Erickson, Phil Savage, Michael Vick, Steve Spurrier, Jon Kitna and Larry Marmie are among the former players, coaches and front office staff joining the fledgling league.

20 responses to “Report: Daryl Johnston, Mike Riley to head San Antonio AAF team as G.M., head coach

  1. They are at least getting football names to run things. Still they think both leagues are crazy. These never really worked when football was king, don’t see it happening now the talent pool is thinning and guys are turning down NFL careers to do something else. It always comes down to QB play. They start these leagues right after the playoffs when you have seen Brady, Rodgers, Brees or Wilson play now you get to watch some kid who couldn’t get on a practice squad in the NFL.

    This league can’t have the same practice rules the current CBA has in place for the NFL. They can’t come out of the gate with sloppy play or you will lose the audience in a matter of a week, just ask the He Hate Me. The XFL had great ratings week one but was over before the next month ended.

  2. Not sure about the Moose Johnston hire. Every other team in this league has general managers with personnel experience in the NFL. This hire smells like a favor. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t Jerry Jones influenced. People think you can roll out of bed, be a general manager and just evaluate players. Call is fantasy football but don’t call it player personnel, if thats the case

  3. Riley was such a huge success coaching the San Diego team LOL, what could possibly go wrong?

  4. Loved the comment about Buck. Would do anything to get that clown off the air. He certainly isn’t his father. Also, great news that Johnston is off the air as well, listening to him is about as much fun as watching paint dry.

  5. At Nebraska, in 3 years Mike Riley was able to coach that team down to the worst Husker team in almost 60 years. He did nothing at San Diego and Nothing at Oregon State either! This is amazing. Good Luck to that team.

  6. At Nebraska, in 3 years Mike Riley was able to coach that team down to the worst Husker team in almost 60 years. He did nothing at San Diego and Nothing at Oregon State either!
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    8 Bowl games in 12 years at OSU.. at the peak of USC and Oregons runs

    2 Bowls in 3 years at Nebraska.. but obviously not the standard they want

    The Chargers were a wreck. Old Bobby Ross team, and Reilly got saddled with Ryan Leaf. Nobody was winning with that cr@p.

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