Kansas City Command

Years of Existence: 2011-2012
Venue: Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO)
2011 -
2012 -
Lifetime Record: 9-27
Home: 6-12
Away: 3-15
Playoffs: 0-0
Average Attendance: 4,329

The Kansas City Command was a 2011 expansion team to replace the defunct Brigade that formed after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Attendance for the team dropped by about 9,000 from the Brigade games. An offense that averaged just 47 points per game was led by J.J. Ratterink, who passed for 3,723 yards, 65 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His favorite target was Bret Smith, who caught 128 balls for 1,486 yards and 25 scores. Smith was the only receiver to catch more than 20 touchdowns. The offense converted just 38% of third downs, but also only allowed 32 sacks on the year. The team hung its hat on a 49-48 victory against Jacksonville, in which a two point conversion try by the Sharks failed in overtime. Four of the team's six wins came against playoff bound opponents. The 2012 team was quarterbacked by Matt Gutierrez, who passed for 2,331 yards, 35 touchdowns and 17 picks. Three other players saw time at the position, as quarterback play was unsteady for the fledgling Command. Bret Smith led all wide receivers with 975 yards and 21 touchdowns. The defense picked 12 passes, while opponents picked Command passers 28 times. The team won just three games, but two came against Georgia and San Jose. Opponents scored 88% of the time in the Kansas City redzone. The Command faced 50 fourth downs, converting 20 of them. Only one of the team's 15 losses came by one score or less. Following the 2012 season, the team moved to the CPIFL.