HIAWATHA — Three months ago, things looked promising for the Cedar Rapids Titans.
They were 2-1 after three games, winning before capacity crowds at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and looking like a team that could contend for a playoff spot. Since, however, the Titans have gone 1-9, finding different ways to lose while suffering through myriad injuries.
Saturday night, the Titans (3-10) wrap up the 2012 season when the Nebraska Danger (5-8) visit the Ice Arena for the season finale.
"We want to finish the way we started," said Titans’ Coach Kyle Moore-Brown. "We want to go out and represent Cedar Rapids, the franchise and ourselves in the best way possible."
If last week’s loss at Bloomington was any indication, the Titans’ offense may have finally found itself. Cedar Rapids posted a season-high for points in a 74-64 loss to the Edge.
Moore-Brown said the offense was flying high.
"The most exciting thing about last week was the way the offense came around," he said. "We have been close lately and the guys really came through. Now we need the defense to step up again."
While Moore-Brown is focused on Saturday night's game, his mind will quickly shift in the next few weeks as he begins preparing for the team’s second season in Cedar Rapids. He plans to take a couple of weeks off to spend time with his son before heading off to watch several NFL training camps for potential 2013 Titans.
"I’ll be out there looking for some players who fit our philosophy," he said. "I think we have a pretty good base of players and they’ve told me they want to come back and make things better here next year."
Moore-Brown also expects his assistants — defensive coordinator Mitch Madland, offensive coordinator Corey Bethany and running backs coach Jeff Wrede — to be back.
"They’ve told me they want to be back working with me next season," Moore-Brown said. "We are fortunate to have an ownership group who understands what we are trying to do."Even though our record isn’t that good, we are always getting encouragement. It has been a rough first year. It would be great to finish with a win, then start working on building a winning team for next season."