Commanders defensive assistant coaches photo gallery

Commanders defensive coordinator Jim Grobe (left) and outside linebackers coach James Rodgers look over the schedule of plays during practice on Wednesday at Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders defensive coordinator Jim Grobe (left) and outside linebackers coach James Rodgers look over the schedule of plays during practice on Wednesday at Central Catholic High School. – photo by Joe Alexander
A look at the defensive assistants on the San Antonio Commanders coaching staff as the team prepares for its first game.

Jim Grobe – defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach
Bill Bradley – defensive backs / cornerbacks coach
Jeff McInerney – defensive line coach / special teams coordinator
James Rodgers – outside linebackers coach
Ken Watson – defensive backs / safeties coach

The Commanders open the AAF season against the San Diego Fleet on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Alamodome.

Commanders nose tackle Ra’Zahn Howard training camp photo gallery

Commanders nose tackle Ra'Zahn chases quarterback Dalton Sturm during training camp practice Tuesday at Central Catholic High School. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders nose tackle Ra’Zahn chases quarterback Dalton Sturm during training camp practice Tuesday at Central Catholic High School. – photo by Joe Alexander
Ra’Zahn Howard brings the experience of a college career in a big conference to playing a big man’s position at the professional level.

The 315-pound nose tackle from Purdue expects the lessons he learned in the Big 10 to pay off with the San Antonio Commanders.

“It’s awesome. Every Saturday playing in the Big 10 you’re going against NFL caliber linemen – Wisconsin and Michigan State back to back” Howard said. “It kind of makes the transition a lot easier.

“The competition, you’re used to it playing against guys from different conferences and all over the world. Big 10 and SEC are notorious for producing some of the best linemen. I would say it’s definitely an advantage from that point of view.”

Howard spent three seasons at Purdue, playing in 11 games as a junior in 2015. He signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent in the summer of 2016.

He likes what he has seen so far in his defensive teammates at Commanders training camp at Central Catholic High School.

“I’ve seen a group of crazed animals, I like to describe our defense,” Howard said. “Relentless, fast to the ball, guys that are excited to be out here and excited to learn. We’re playing fast. We’ve got chemistry. We’ve got a great coaching staff, a great defensive coordinator.

“Our defensive line coach, coach Mac (Jeff McInerney) does a real good job of working with us with details. He’s always coaching details because at the end of the day we’ve all got talent and ability, but if you’re not detailed, you can’t put it together.”

The Alliance of American Football (AAF), which includes the Commanders, has been looked at as a place for pro football players to get a second chance – and sometimes a last chance.

“I feel like you got a bunch of guys out here with nothing to lose,” Howard said. “They say a man with nothing to lose is dangerous. You’ve got guys flying around on both sides of the ball. It’s excitement. You can feel the tension and energy every day you come out here. It’s a blessing, definitely.”

Howard’s Purdue bio page:
PurdueSports.com

Howard signed with Houston Texans”
Houston Chronicle

Commanders assistant coaches at work: Part 2

San Antonio Commanders assistant coaches working with the players at mini-camp on Dec. 13, 2018, at Incarnate Word’s Benson Stadium.San Antonio Commanders assistant coaches working with the players at mini-camp on Dec. 13, 2018, at Incarnate Word’s Benson Stadium.

The Commanders’ coaching staff includes:
Mike Riley: Head coach
Matt Troxel: Offensive coordinator
Lyle Moevao: Running backs
Jonathan Himebauch: Run game coordinator, offensive line
Josh Oglesby: Tight ends
Keith Williams: Wide receivers

Jim Grobe: Defensive coordinator, inside linebackers
Jeff McInerney: Defensive line, special teams
Bill Bradley: Defensive backs
James Rodgers: Outside linebackers
Kenny Watson: Assistant defensive backs

The Commanders open the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at home at the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet.

Commanders assistant coaches at work: Part 1

San Antonio Commanders assistant coaches working with the players at mini-camp on Dec. 13, 2018, at Incarnate Word's Benson Stadium. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Commanders assistant coaches working with the players at mini-camp on Dec. 13, 2018, at Incarnate Word’s Benson Stadium.

The Commanders’ coaching staff includes:
Mike Riley: Head coach
Matt Troxel: Offensive coordinator
Lyle Moevao: Running backs
Jonathan Heimebach: Run game coordinator, offensive line
Josh Oglesby: Tight ends
Keith Williams: Wide receivers

Jim Grobe: Defensive coordinator, inside linebackers
Jeff McInerney: Defensive line, special teams
Bill Bradley: Defensive backs
James Rodgers: Outside linebackers
Kenny Watson: Assistant defensive backs

The Commanders open the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at home at the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet.

Commanders defensive linemen go through drills at mini-camp

Matthew Godin, a defensive end from Michigan, was me taking pictures. He had a little fun making sure I saw him. - photo by Joe Alexander
Matthew Godin, a defensive end from Michigan, saw me taking pictures. He had a little fun making sure I saw him, too.
Saturday’s final practice of San Antonio Commanders mini-camp saw beautiful weather with sunshine and not much wind. Here is a look at the defensive linemen going through drills with assistant coach Jim McInerney.

Arthur Miley, Ashaad Mabry, Deion Barnes, Herbert Gonzales, John Sheehy, Jordan Wade, Matthew Godin and Winston Craig were going through the defensive line drills.

The Commanders open the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at home at the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet.

Commanders assistant coach Jeff McInerny works with the defensive linemen Saturday at mini-camp. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders assistant coach Jeff McInerney works with the defensive linemen Saturday at mini-camp.

Commanders coaches meet the fans

Matt Troxel: San Antonio Commanders offensive coordinator
Matt Troxel: San Antonio Commanders offensive coordinator
The San Antonio Commanders coaches joined the players in signing autographs for season ticket holders at a meet the team event Wednesday at the Alamodome.

Coaches Mike Riley, Bill Bradley, James Rodgers, Jeff McInerney, Jim Grobe, Jonathan Himebauch, Josh Oglesby, Keith Williams, Kenny Watson, Lyle Moevao and Matt Troxel were on hand.

The Commanders open the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at home at the Alamodome against the San Diego Fleet.

Commanders updated front office, coaching staff

Longtime Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston was officially introduced as the San Antonio general manager in the Alliance of American Football (AAF). - photo by Joe Alexander
Longtime Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston was officially introduced as the San Antonio general manager in the Alliance of American Football (AAF). – photo by Joe Alexander
Daryl Johnston: General manager
Robert Morris: Director of player personel

Mike Riley: Head coach, offensive coordinator
Lyle Moevao: Quarterbacks
James Rodgers: Running backs
Jonathan Himebauch: Offensive line
Josh Oglesby: Tight ends

Jim Grobe: Defensive coordinator
Jeff McInerney: Defensive line, special teams
Bill Bradley: Defensive backs
Joe Baker: Linebackers
Kenny Watson: Assistant defensive backs