2015 inaugural rankings started out with a Top 25 that reflected mostly the past play of the regions formidable teams, released on January 20th 2015. Version 2.0 stood as a reflection of current performance in tournament and league play as of April 6th, including the Snow Bowl and Faoro Tournaments. Version 3.0 included a slew of spring and early summer activity, including the Mayhem, TOC, Liberty Bowl and SUSU tournaments. Version 4.0 includes the WCFFC and Flag Football Frenzy. And this, our last installation for 2015 includes the Spokane Turkey Bowl and the Eugene NW Champions Tournament, along with Fall League finals.
For the final ranking we solicited feedback from the regional directors and stakeholders in the flag football community that we are calling our "RDS poll". We used this feedback as a way of helping inform our final rankings and was done in coordination with the standard criteria NWFF used for all of our rankings shown below.
(Traveled Tournaments>Local Tournaments>Local Leagues)
A. Tournament Performance
- Tournament championships / Strength of tournament competition
- Tournament finals appearances
- Tournament semi-finals appearances
- Head to Head tournament match-ups/record
- Tournament appearances
- League championships / Strength of local league competition
- Years active, Talent, Depth, Roster Size
NWFF Final Top 10 Analysis
1. Medford Dynasty:
The 2015 Snow Bowl Champs, 2015 Liberty Bowl Champs, 2015 Northwest Champion, and California Border Wars Champion.
Went from ranked 6th -> 3rd -> 2nd -> 1st -> 1st throughout the year.
What the RDS said: Most number 1 votes, RDS consensus top three.
Three tournament championships (2 local - 1 traveled) and cross over play into California leagues. The team has athletes across the board, brings enough big men to stack their O and D line, and executes good scheme adjustments and has a great team balance. The best team in Oregon stands as a vanguard in the flag community that hopefully other teams emulate because it is a recipe for winning while having fun.
2. Seattle Baddogs:
2015 Faoro Champions, 2015 Mayhem Champions, WCFFC Finalist, and other semifinals appearances.
Went from ranked 5th -> 1st -> 1st -> 3rd -> 2nd throughout the year.
What the RDS said: Most number two votes, RDS consensus top three.
Two tournament championships and another finals appearance all out of their region. This team brings a great defense, possibly the best in the North West. The offense can struggle to make explosive plays, relying on the run and play action, but they find ways to win with a blend of smart players and veterans. This team has found a great formula for building a cohesive unit and it shows by their active participation in regional play.
3. Seattle Chiefs:
2015 Flag Football Frenzy Champion, 2015 Show Up or Shut Up Champion, 2015 Local League Championship and Tournament Semi-finalist.
Went from ranked 10th -> 5th -> 4th -> 2nd -> 3rd throughout the year.
What the RDS said: Votes split between the top 3 positions, RDS consensus top three.
One major tournament championship, one competitive championship (7v7) both at the local level, and multiple league titles. Great team with arguably the best QB in the region. The team has some split commitments due to many players playing semi-pro, so they don’t travel much. This team gives other squads fits with their ability to make big plays, which they thrive on. When playing with a lead it’s hard to catch up with them and their ball control is usually among the region's best.
Went from ranked 1st -> 4th -> 10th -> 5th -> 4th throughout the year.
What RDS said: Votes spread pretty evenly from 4-6th place.
One major local tournament championship. A good team that has historically been able to travel a bit, and has picked up some key recruits over the last year to come on strong the second half of the year. They bring experience and a team cohesion that is rarely rivaled.
5. Spokane Not Fast or Furious: 2015 Turkey Bowl Champion, and Local League Finalist.
Went from Unranked all year to finishing 5th for the year.
What RDS said: Votes spread widely from 4th-11th.
One major local tournament championship. Team doesn’t play consistently or travel much, but knocked they off two top 10 teams on their way to the Turkey Bowl Championship.
6. Salem Skally Wags: 2015 Three (3) time tournament finalist, and Local League Champion and tournament Semi-finalist.
Went from ranked 4th -> 6th -> 6th -> 4th -> 6th throughout the year.
What the RDS said: Votes spread widely, mostly grouped around 4th-9th,
No tournament championships this year but they have amongst the most tournament finalist finishes in 2015 and have been able to battle toe to toe with the top 3 teams.
7. Spokane Outlaws: Turkey Bowl Tournament Finalist and Two (2) Time Tournament Semi-finalist.
Went from ranked 2nd -> 8th -> 8th -> 6th -> 7th throughout the year
What the RDS said: Votes landed in the 6th-7th range.
Can compete with all top 10 teams but don’t have the hardware or finals appearances to sneak into the top 6. Well rounded team with a strong D-rush and years of tournament experience.
8. Post Falls Bad Intentions: Mayhem Tournament Finalist and Local League Champion.
Went from unranked to 7th -> 8th -> 8th throughout the year.
What the RDS said: Receive one first place vote, but other voting varies widely between 6th-9th.
Could also compete with any top 10 team, but don’t have the hardware or finals appearances to sneak above teams ahead of them. The team brings a strong defensive rush amongst the best in the NW, and a disciplined QB that keeps their Offense moving.
9. Vancouver Villains: Faoro Tournament Finalist.
Went from ranked 3rd -> 2nd -> 5th -> 7th -> 9th throughout the year.
What the RDS said: A couple of top 5 votes, but majority of the grouping in the 8th-10th range.
Tournament and league finalist but lacks the championships to get much higher in 2015. Very physical team with great scheme and balance. Doesn’t travel a ton but could compete with all teams in the top 10.
10. Eugene Dirty Birds: 2015 Albany Mud Bowl Championship, NW Championship Tournament Finalist and Local League Champion.
Went from Unranked all year to finishing 10th for the year.
What the RDS said: Received the most votes of all teams at the 10th spot, spread of other votes grouped around 10th.
Owns championships in local leagues and local tournaments but has not traveled much. A team on the rise, a strong semi-pro team that is making noise in the flag football scene. Has some D-1 talent and a very good QB.
(5) Spokane Not Fast or Furious
Beat the Spokane Outlaws to bring home their first tournament championship. A very young team with many former D1 players and a great QB. If their offense can continue to improve each season and tournament they will be difficult to stop. The QB may lay claim to best in the NW with a few more tournament victories.
(10) Eugene Dirty Birds
Very strong second half of the year, finished well with a local tournament championship and a finals appearance. Knocked off two teams in the top 10 at various times throughout the year. If the team can figure out how to apply semi-pro concepts to the flag game they will be hard to stop. Hopefully they are able to travel to a few out of region tournaments in the coming year.
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