By Mick Moninghoff
July 29, 2019
The Massachusetts Pirates have signed a few players in the last two weeks in an effort to put their best team on the field for the upcoming NAL playoffs. They also added coach Rob Orell to fine tune their offensive line.
Orell played and graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, MA and now serves as its offensive line coach. Still, he is not new to the world of arena football.
“After college I went down to Myrtle Beach and played for a summer down there. I came back up and started coaching at Nichols. Then last summer I played in New England for the Bobcats and won my first championship, I played this year and then dedicated my summer to getting ready for Nichols College and this opportunity as well.”
When asked about the biggest difference for an offensive lineman in arena football, Orell said, “A lot of lineman want to run the ball. They want to be able to hit the guy in front of them. In arena (ball) you’re not running as much. There’s a lot more passing so I teach them to be patient. It’s a quick game so you have to let the game come to you and get excited when the ball comes your way eventually.”
In a passing game protecting your quarterback is the goal.
“They’re great players, don’t get me wrong, but there are small technique issues that we can fix which I think will take us to the championship and win it for us. It all starts with the offensive line. If we have a great offensive line like we do, there’s no stopping us,” he added.
Orell may have joined the Pirates at the end of the season but he says he is enjoying every moment.
“I love it here,” he said. All of the coaches and players have accepted me. It’s like I’ve been here the entire season. I’m making memories and it’s a good time,” Orell said.
The Massachusetts Pirates are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The Pirates play all home games at the DCU Center located at 50 Foster St. Worcester, MA. 01608. For more information on the Massachusetts Pirates please call (508) 452-MASS (6277), email [email protected] or visit www.masspiratesfootball.com. Single game tickets are available online at ticketmaster.com or the DCU Center Box Office. For group outings please call 508-452-MASS (6277). Follow the Pirates on Facebook at Facebook.com/MAPirates on Instagram @mass.pirates, as well as Twitter @mass_pirates.