By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: March 27th, 2014 at 1:29 am EST
The Philadelphia Soul are off to their worst start since their first season a decade ago.
In 2004, the Soul started off the season with an 0-2 record, while struggling to a 5-11 record. Much like the season a decade ago, the Soul has lost to back-to-back National Conference teams en route to an 0-2 start.
The bye week couldn’t come at a right time for this struggling time. The reigning back-to-back American Conference Champions still has time to get things together and make another run in the playoffs.
Then, once the season ends, the Soul general manager Tom Goodhines will have to make a lot of tough decisions. Included in these tough decisions is to whether he will re-sign his core players that will be free agents.
Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh leads the group of free agents after the season. This group includes linebackers Rayshaun Kizer, Joe Goosby, and Brandon Perkins, and wide receivers Anthony “Tiger” Jones and Larry Brackins.
“We’ll focus on that after the season,” said Kizer. “I know for the 2014 season, I am a member of the Philadelphia Soul. After the season, we’ll talk and see where things go from there.”
According to the Arena Football League, teams are allowed to negotiate contracts with their current players during the season. But Goodhines previously said that the league would provide him details on when he will be able to sign players beyond their current contract.
“I would like to be here beyond 2014,” said Kizer. “Philadelphia has the best fans and the best organization in the Arena Football League. We also have the best owners in the league, as well. The Philadelphia fans are great to play in front of, and I like playing here.”
While Kizer would like to stay put, it is not clear what will happen with the other free agents. Goodhines will also have to work out a new deal with head coach Clint Dolezel, who is in his final year of his contract, as well.
“Clint is a great coach to play for,” said Kizer. “He really knows what he’s talking about. He is arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play in this league, and we’ve done great things with him as our head coach. Hopefully, I will be able to play under him beyond the 2014 season.”
There are still months away from the off-season, but many big decisions are looming for the Soul once September comes.