James Kerwin is constantly preaching the importance of communication when it comes to running his defensive schemes.
The Omaha Beef co-head coach took that one step further two weekends ago during his team's season opener.
Kerwin, in charge of Omaha's defense, watched a live feed of the game and made phone calls to the team while in Hawaii on his honeymoon.
“I've got the ocean and palm trees outside the condo, and I'm watching it talking to guys on my phone,” Kerwin said. “As much as I thought it was going to be an issue, it was like being across the street.”
His defense did its part in helping Omaha to a 38-27 win over Kansas City, holding the Renegades to one second-half score and 156 total yards for the game.
They'll look to duplicate the effort Friday night when the Beef play their first home game in franchise history at somewhere other than the Civic Auditorium. Omaha hosts the Kansas Koyotes at the Ralston Arena in a 7 p.m. game between new Championship Professional Indoor Football League foes.
And the Beef will do so as one of the four unbeaten teams through the league's first three weeks, thanks in part to Kerwin's defense.
“For as limited time as we had together and as much as we could prepare, I thought it went really well,” Kerwin said. “Obviously, there's a lot of room for improvement. But this is a hungry group that wants to keep fighting and scratching to get better.”
Kerwin called it a “smash mouth” bunch with a good mix of indoor game veterans and rookies with aspirations of higher levels.
The unit kept Omaha in the game long enough for the offense to get going against the Renegades, and even got in the scoring column itself when defensive lineman Byron Wilson recovered a second-half fumble for a touchdown.
That score was part of 21 straight points for Omaha to open the second half, turning a four-point deficit into a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback James McNear was 21 of 30 for 200 yards and three touchdowns, all to different receivers.
“We were very efficient offensively,” said co-head coach Andy Yost, who is in charge of the offense. “James was great, offensive line performed well. Overall, I was pretty pleased.”
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