Lauletta talks about why he chose to go to the USFL.
“I think it’s coming at a great time in my career. I’ve played four years in the NFL, and I’ve played on five different teams, and I’ve kind of been a journeyman…. The only time I had a chance was with the New York Giants after I got drafted. But since then, I’ve been the third guy on the practice squad. And with COVID, we didn’t play a preseason year.
The only action we get, like a third-string or a practice squad guy, is the preseason reps. And that’s always a great competitive time for me where I can improve and get better and get those reps. But then once that preseason is over, regardless of how you do, it’s kind of done until the next year, and it’s really tough.
At the end of this season, I found myself not being on a team. I was with Jacksonville the entire season until the three of the last four weeks of the season. I was with the Browns, and then I got released the very last week of the season… I was asked about this opportunity…. I think it came at a perfect time. It will give me the ability to get some valuable reps and have an opportunity to lead a team again and try and help bring a group of guys along together and hopefully win a Championship. So very exciting opportunity for me.”
He was asked if any of the rules in the USFL would be different from the XFL or NFL.
“I think from 40 to 35 seconds. So you’re going to see some faster pace play, maybe some more hurry up…. The Commissioner was talking to me, saying it might even give opportunity for some of the smaller linemen who are in better shape to kind of run up and down the field because if you’re a big guy, those 5 seconds on the plate clock is going to make a huge difference.
I heard some things like pass interference. They were going to make it a judgment call, being able to either be a spot foul or a 15-yard penalty based on if it’s a bang-bang play 40 yards down the field. I think they’re going to Mark it off 15 instead of doing their spot back.”
Lauletta then talks about what he thinks will be the USFL Overtime rules.
“The overtime, I think they told me it’s sudden death, two-point conversion. I think that’s what they’re going to do.
I think the deal is they’re only being given a certain amount of time for the broadcast, so they really, really need to get the game in that time makes sense. So I think even if you do two-point conversions and it goes a bunch of possessions, it still shouldn’t take that much time. I think that’s part of the reason why they’re going to that.”
Lauletta talks about still wanting to get back into the NFL, playing in Birmingham, his NFL combine, and more. You can listen to the full interview below.