Orlando Predators Are on the Prowl for a 2012 Championship

George SeligaCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2011

UNIONDALE, NY - June 9: Marlon Moye-Moore #9 of the Orlando Predators breaks up a pass attempt in the endzone against the New York Dragons at the Nassau Coliseum June 9, 2007 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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After a an early exit from the 2011 Arena Bowl Playoffs, the Orlando Predators look to get back to the promised land of Arena Football in 2012.

With a change in the off-season at the head coaching position, the Predators are looking for more than a  playoff birth.  Coach Pat O'Hara and the Predators parted ways a few weeks ago, and has already signed with the New Orleans Voodoo.

This leaves questions as to who is the next Head Coach for the Predators. Coach O'Hara went 8-8 and a playoff win in 2010. They lost in the conference final to longtime rival Tampa Bay Storm. 

In 2011 The Predators, under Coach O'Hara, went 11-7 with a playoff birth. Their first round loss was against foe Jacksonville Sharks, who later went on to win the Arena Bowl.

Brett Bouchy, Managing Partner and Owner of the Predators, felt that a change needed to be made.  As tough as was to part ways with Coach O'Hara, Bouchy felt the pressure from the fans that it is was time to bring a championship back to Orlando.

The Predators are hoping to retain a core nucleus of the team after losing Arena Football League great Kenny McEntyre to retirement. 

Their defense is fast and physical while the offense has a trio of weapons at the Wide Receiver position.  With the right coach and player mix, this team could be deadly and a force to be reckoned with next year.