The New Orleans Breakers have seen some major changes over the past couple of months. After recently hiring a new head coach, the USFL franchise now faces another obstacle. Matt Boockmeier, the teams’ General Manager, has officially stepped down from his position.
Longtime #NFL & CFL scout & executive @MattBoockmeier has exited his post as personnel director of the @USFLBreakers to pursue new opportunities. His departure means the team, which made the playoffs in '22, will have a new HC (John DeFilippo) & top scout for the ’23 season.
— Neil Stratton (@InsideTheLeague) November 22, 2022
Boockmeier has obviously played a crucial role in building the New Orleans Breakers into who they are today. The team made the USFL’s inaugural playoffs, falling short in the semi-finals against the Birmingham Stallions.
Now, Matt departs from the team – just weeks after they hired John DeFilippo as their new head coach.
BREAKing: We have a new Head Coach 🌊🌊
Welcome to the New Orleans Breakers, John DeFilippo 🙌 pic.twitter.com/eaye7d03q5
— New Orleans Breakers (@USFLBreakers) November 10, 2022
At this point, it’s no secret that this Breakers team will look vastly different than they did in 2022. QB Kyle Sloter is no longer with the team, being picked up by the Arlington Renegades in the XFL’s draft.
BREAKING: Kyle Sloter, former QB for the New Orleans Breakers of the #USFL, will be playing for the Arlington Renegades in the #XFL's 2023 season. WOW. pic.twitter.com/D11wUbhsmA
— James Larsen (@JamesLarsenMI) November 15, 2022
As we near the new year, the Breakers will have some important decisions to make. Multiple pieces have moved onto the NFL or XFL. Losing Sloter is a tough blow, especially considering his hype coming into the league. A new GM will have to be brought in at some point, and we look forward to seeing who the USFL brings in to fill that vacancy.
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