The Internet Simulation Football League Newsletter

Volume #27 Issue #24 – February 15, 2024



Current League Officers

Commissioner: Mark McNeil (

League Statistician: Mark McNeil (
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ISFL Review Board:  Hank Sienzant, Don Antonelli, Ed Minshull





I.   Message from the Commissioner

II.  News from Around the League

III. Standings

IV.  Super Bowl XXVII Results

V.   Offseason Schedule

VI.  Transactions

VII. Other News including Players of the Week




Season 27 has come to and end with the Prop ballot and Awards finished and it appears that all 27 current owners are returning for next season, which is great. I believe I have a new owner for the Chargers, will work on getting him set up and be ready for the draft in May. Remember, this years draft is going to be 13 rounds with 4 supplemental rounds under the current rules in the constitution (no changes to that). Most teams should be done drafting at that point, but we will go until everyone is back to 49 players. If anyone has any questions about the info below, let me know, otherwise enjoy a couple of months off and we will pick this back up in April when the game is released. Thanks for another great season guys and hopefully season 28 is even better!


2023 ISFL Awards Results


MVP – Tua Tagovailoa, Denver Broncos


Tua runs away with the MVP this year with 15 first place votes and showing up on 18 of 20 ballots, with Tyreek Hill and Jared Goff finishing in a distant tie for second with each getting a first place vote. Stefon Diggs, Patrick Mahomes and James Bradberry get the other first place votes.


Coach of the Year - Hank Sienzant, Denver Broncos


A tight vote as returning owner Dave Stewart pushes Hank to the final vote and actually getting 5 first place votes to Hank’s 4, but Hank was on 10 total ballots and his second place votes were the difference. Shan Wu finishes third with 2 first place votes and then Mark McNeil (2), Nino Valentino, Sean Comerford, Tim Strain and Sri Gullapalli all have first place votes in the tightest vote of the ballot.


GM of the Year – Dean Engemoen, NY Giants


This one was not nearly as close as Dean Engemoen receives 11 first place votes to double up the second place finisher, Daniele Miozzi with 3 first place votes. Dave Stewart finishes third with 3 first place votes and Valentino Montelbano (2) and Shan Wu have the others.


AFC Offensive Player of the Year – Tua Tagovailoa, Denver Broncos


Another each win for Tua as he has 13 first place votes to outpace Christian McCaffrey the second place finisher with 2 first place votes. Kirk Cousins has 1 first place vote and finishes in third with Chris Godwin (2) and Joe Burrow getting the other first place nods.


AFC Defensive Player of the Year – Myles Garrett, Denver Broncos


Broncos have a big day with their 4th award winner as Garrett has 9 first place votes, more than twice as many as second place Minkah Fitzpatrick (4). Patrick Surtain II finishes third with a pair of first place votes and then Derwin James, Patrick Peterson, Hasaan Reddick and Sauce Gardner all have single first place votes.


NFC Offensive Player of the Year – Tyreek Hill, Philadelphia Eagles


Tyreek gets 9 first place votes to finish well ahead of Daniel Jones with 4 top nods who finished second. Jared Goff finishes third with 3 first place votes, and Stefon Diggs, Derek Henry, Devante Adams and Tom Brady round out the group with first place votes.


NFC Defensive Player of the Year – Nick Bosa, Seattle Seahawks


Bosa picks up 10 first place votes and was on 17 ballots to pick up the each win over Mika Parsons and Chris Jones who each had 3 first place votes to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. James Bradberry has a pair of first place votes and Darius Slay and Fred Warner each get a single top nod.


Offensive Rookie of the Year – Garrett Wilson, San Francisco 49ers


Another one that was not close as Wilson has 9 first place votes to 3 for Chris Olave who finishes a distant second. Drake London finishes first with a first place vote and Christian Watson and George Pickens each have 2 while Kenneth Walker III has the last first place vote.


Defensive Rookie of the Year – Aidan Hutchinson, NY Giants


Hutchinson wins this one on the last vote as he has 10 first place votes and is on 17 ballots, but still only edges out Sauce Gardner by 2 total points as Sauce is on 19 of 20 ballots and has 13 second place votes to stay really close despite only 4 first place votes. Tariq Woolen has 4 first place votes as well and Jordan Davis and Travon Walker each have as single first place vote to round out the group.


2023 ISFL Ballot Prop Results


13 proposals and only 3 pass and only two of the ones that failed were over 50% yes and only 1 was really close to passing. I will update the constitution with the new rules.


Prop #1 – 7 Man Taxi Squad to replace Weekly Injury Replacments - PASSED


Yes – 18
No  -  8
Abstain – 1


Prop #2 – Abolish the Lottery - FAILED


Yes –  8
No  - 18
Abstain – 1


Prop #3 – Penalties for lack of HTH play - PASSED


Yes – 18
No  -  6
Abstain – 3


Prop #4 – Change Cut Down to 49 players – FAILED


Yes –  8
No  - 18
Abstain – 1


Prop #5 – Trading of 3rd year od Draft Picks Early - FAILED


Yes –  6
No  - 19
Abstain – 2


Prop #6 – First 4 Rounds of Draft Live - FAILED


Yes –  8
No  - 17
Abstain – 2


Prop #7 – Draft Lottery in Reverse Order - FAILED


Yes -  5
No  - 20
Abstain – 2

Prop #8 – 5 man Practice Squad – FAILED


Yes -  8
No  - 18
Abstain – 1


Prop #9 – 3 Man IR – FAILED


Yes -  4
No  - 21
Abstain – 2


Prop #10 – Stat Package Players – FAILED

Yes – 13
No  - 12
Abstain – 2


Prop #11 – Roster to 52, Cut Downs to 42 – FAILED


Yes – 15
No  - 11
Abstain – 1


Prop #12 – Salary Cap - FAILED


Yes -  6
No  - 18
Abstain – 3


Prop #13 – Draft picks tradeable in round 1 thru 13 in 2024 season - PASSED


Yes – 19
No  -  6
Abstain - 2


***There is a new game update available on the website, dated 11/6/23 *** 




II. News from Around the League 


Super Bowl XXVII




Denver, CO., January 30th, 2023: Defense wins championships? Fuggedaboutit! Offense wins in the modern era. 


After falling behind 10-3 in the second quarter, the Broncos scored on every possession until their final one when they ran out the final 4:09. Denver outscored the Patriots 37-13 over the final 36 minutes of the contest. 


The Bronco offense picked up 30 first downs and 488 total yards from scrimmage, balanced between 178 yards on the ground and 310 yards passing. Tua Tagovailoa got this writer's vote for the Super Bowl MVP, throwing for 318 yards and three touchdowns. 


The Broncos opened the contest with a ten-play 63-yard drive for a 31-Evan McPherson field goal to go ahead 3-0, with the longest play a Wan'Dale Robinson 17-yard reception from Tua Tagovailoa to get the ball to the New England 21. The Broncos also got the benefit of a face-mask call after a four-yard Zeke Elliott run.


New England answered right back with a 78-yard touchdown drive in 16 plays, with Goff completing a one-yard pass to Zach Ertz for the score. On the possession, the Patriots converted three third downs, one with the aid of a 15-yard unnecessary roughness call against safety Marcus Maye.


After picking up two first downs, a sack of Tagovailoa by T.J. Watt stalled the Denver drive, and they punted for the first and what would eventually be their only time in the game. 


The Patriots then drove from their own 34 to the Broncos' 22. A Jared Goff to wideout Richie James 33-yard completion on a long pass overcame a sack of Goff by linebacker Bud Dupree on the march. On third and two, Kyle Hamilton broke up a pass intended for Mike Evans, and the Patriots settled for the Michael Badgley 52-yard field goal to up their lead to 10-3. 


Starting from their own 19 on their next series, the Broncos tied it up after a ten-play, five-minute drive, with wideout Curtis Samuel scoring on a 24-yard pass from Tagovailoa with 5:21 remaining in the half. Key plays on the march were A.J. Dillon's 15-yard run on third and two and Wan'Dale Robinson's 17-yard reception to get the ball to the Patriot 29. 


After surrendering one first down, the Denver defense forced a punt, taking possession at their own 13. Mixing the run and pass to keep New England's defense off-balance, they drove 87 yards to another Tagovailoa to Curtis Samuel touchdown pass, this time from 14 yards out. That gave Denver a 17-10 lead with seven seconds remaining in the half. The key plays were a 17-yard run by Curtis Samuel from the halfback position, followed by a C.J. Ham recovery of a Samuel fumble forced by Marcus Peters on the next play. 


Down by seven at the half, the Patriots used the extended halftime to review what was working and marched to a Badgley 48-yard field goal to cut Denver's lead to 17-13. 


But that was as close as they would get. 


The Broncos answered with back-to-back long passes, one to Corey Davis for 34 and another to Alec Pierce for 32, to quickly move to the Patriots' four. Zeke Elliott banged over from four yards out on the next play to give Denver their largest lead to that point at 24-13.


New England responded with a scoring drive of their own, another Badgley field goal, this one from 40 yards out to cut Denver's lead to one score at 24-16. The best play on the possession was Zach Ertz converting a short hook pass into a 34-yard gain to the Denver 24 on a spin move to evade a Marcus Maye tackle attempt. 


A 15-yard pass interference call against cornerback Charvarius Ward followed Zeke Elliott's 14-yard run on a trap play, moving the ball into Patriots territory. Samuel caught an 18-yarder to get the ball into field goal range on the next play at the New England 28. But three plays gained nothing, and the Broncos settled for McPherson's 51-yard field goal and the 11-point lead at 27-16 with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.


The Patriots knew they had to keep pace. Goff connected with Richie James on a long pass for 30 yards, and after picking up another first down on a Goff pass to Njoku, David Montgomery took a pitch-out around right end for 29 yards to move the ball to the Denver five. It was still anyone's ball game when Goff took it over from the one-yard line on second down to cut the Broncos lead back to four points at 27-23 with just under 14 minutes left in the final game of the ISFL 2023 season. 


But the Patriots had to stop or at least slow down the Denver offense to have a chance, and they could not, although they had an excellent opportunity to take the ball away and turn the game around. On second and ten, Tagovailoa hit Alec Pierce for 11, and a crushing hit by Roger McCreary jarred the ball loose, but Pierce managed to get it back before any Patriot defender could snatch it. 


A 27-yard Zeke Elliott run followed, and three completions by Tagovailoa to three different receivers put another score on the board, with Wan'Dale Robinson catching the 12-yard touchdown toss to give Denver an 11-point lead once more at 34-23 with just 10:49 left in the game. 


On fourth and eight, from their own 27, the Patriots opted to go for it, but Eli Apple deflected a pass intended for tight end Zach Ertz, and C.J. Henderson picked it off to end that threat and give the ball back to Denver with 9:47 left at the Patriots' 40-yard line. 


Tagovailoa found Parker running free for a 29-yard gain, and two runs by Elliott led to yet another Bronco touchdown and closed out the scoring at 40-23, with McPherson missing the final extra-point try of the game. 


After two first downs by the Patriots, Tyson Campbell tipped a Goff pass to himself and did a toe-tap at the sideline to intercept the pass and get the ball back for the Broncos. Initially called incomplete, it took a Denver challenge to credit Tyson with the pick, which came with 4:09 remaining. The Broncos proceeded to pick up three first downs to run out the clock and emerge with the victory. 


GAME NOTES: Denver finished with a 16-4 record, which consists of their 13-4 regular season record and 3-0 post-season. That is second to their 2011 squad, which ended up 13-3, was the fourth seed (losing first place on a tie-breaker), and then won four post-season games to end up 17-3 overall. This Super Bowl win marks the second with Hank Sienzant as the coach and the third overall for the Denver franchise. The franchise is 3-0 in Super Bowl games. 


Tua Tagovailoa finished with a 139.7 passer rating, completing 20 of 29 for 318 yards and three touchdowns. 


Jared Goff's numbers look terrible by comparison, but his two late interceptions reduced his passing rating to 63.1. He completed 21 of 39 for 271 yards and one touchdown. He also scored once on the ground. 


David Montgomery picked up 43 yards on six carries to lead the Patriots in rushing, but one 29-yard gain inflates his results. Otherwise, he picked up 14 yards in five attempts, a 2.8 average. New England had a tough time picking up any yardage on the ground, as they ran 20 times for just 46 yards (2.3 per attempt), excluding the one 29-yarder from Montgomery. 


By contrast, the Broncos ran 32 times and gained 178 yards, picking up 5.6 yards per rush. Zeke Elliott gained 102 yards on 18 carries (5.7), scoring twice on the ground. 


Wan'Dale Robinson was the Broncos leading receiver with five for 70 yards and one touchdown, while Curtis Samuel caught four for 66 and two scores. 


Three different Patriots caught four passes, but Richie James led the team in yardage with 80 yards on his four receptions in five targets. Denver's defensive schemes held Mike Evans to two receptions on 11 targets. 


Eli Apple had three passes defensed, while Kyle Hamilton, Tyson Campbell, and C.J. Henderson had two each. Julian Love had another, for ten overall. Love led the team in tackles with seven, while four Patriots shared the team lead in that statistic with six apiece.


Hank Sienzant lauded the front seven of Denver, especially Quinnen Williams, Myles Garrett, and Derrick Brown. "Our forward wall kept their runs to a minimum, choking off the running lanes and forcing them to the air," Sienzant said. "Without those contributions, which often go unnoticed, our defensive backs wouldn't be anywhere as effective." 


Denver's special teams' kickoff coverage unit deserves mention as they held the Patriots to 51 yards on four returns, an average of 12.8 yards per return. 


Holding the Super Bowl Trophy aloft in the raucous locker room, Sienzant summed it up to cheers from his players, "We weren't the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and we still might not be the best team in the league, but we're the ISFL Champions, and that's all that matters!"


A LOOK AHEAD: Rumors abound that this might be the last season for Hank Sienzant at the Broncos' helm. If so, he leaves the team in excellent shape for whoever follows him. Sienzant has the team stocked with solid young talent like Tua Tagovailoa, Kyle Hamilton, and Wan'Dale Robinson, and the Broncos have fourteen draft choices in the upcoming draft, including eight selections in the first four rounds. 


Some players won't return, like veterans Colt McCoy and Corey Davis, who decided to go out on top and announced their retirement after the game. Others like running back Damien Williams, wideout DeVante Parker, and special teams ace George Odum could be on the roster bubble in the off-season, as Williams and Parker will be 30 next season, and Odum will be 29. 








IV. RESULTS – Championship Round Results 

New England 23 Denver 40      












GB  -




SF  -










KC  -

NE  - Returned Keith Taylor Jr to FA pool.

NO  -



TB  -










OFFENSE: Tua Tagovailoa, DEN – 33 of 42 for 533 yards, 6 TDs
DEFENSE: Chauncy Gardner-Johnson,SF – 2 INTs, 9 tackles



OFFENSE: Cortland Sutton, JAX – 12 catches, 240 yards, TD

DEFENSE: TJ Edwards, ARZ – 1 INT, 1 Sack, 18 tackles


OFFENSE: Jamar Chase, NYJ – 11 catches, 196 yards, 2 TDs

DEFENSE: Minkah Fitzpatrick, LAR – 2 INTs, 1 pass defense, 9 tackles, TD



OFFENSE: Dalvin Cook, CAR – 19 carries, 164 yards, 3 TDs, 2 catches, 37 yards

DEFENSE: Julian Love, DEN – 1 INT, 15 tackles



OFFENSE: Derek Henry, ARZ – 35 carries, 203 yards, 4 catches, 44 yards, 2 TDs

DEFENSE: Justin Simmons, DET – 2 INTs, 1 Pass Defense, 3 tackles



OFFENSE: Mike Williams, SEA – 7 catches, 131 yards, 3 TDs

DEFENSE: Patrick Peterson, IND - 2 INTs, 7 tackles, 3 pass defensed



OFFENSE: Mac Jones, TEN – 27 of 40 for 280 yards, 4 TDs

DEFENSE: Josh Uche, CAR – 3 sacks, 6 tackles, 2 hurries



OFFENSE: Daniel Jones, NYG – 24 of 37 for 349 yards, 4 TDs
DEFENSE: Bobby Wagner, PIT – 2 INTs, 3 tackles, 1 hurry, 1 stuff



OFFENSE: Tua Tagovailoa, DEN – 26 of 30 for 480 yards, 5 TDs
DEFENSE: Nick Bosa, SEA – 3 sacks, 6 tackles, 2 hurries, 1 stuff, 1 forced fumble


OFFENSE: Brandon Aiyuk, GB – 5 catches, 206 yards, 3 TDs

DEFENSE: Greg Rousseau, PIT – 3 sacks, 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble



OFFENSE: Justin Jefferson, DET – 11 catches, 148 yards, 2 TDs

DEFENSE: Darrell Taylor, DET – 4 sacks, 5 tackles, 1 hurry



OFFENSE: Jalen Hurts, PHI – 22 of 35 for 300 yards, 4 TDs

DEFENSE: Cameron Jordan, NO – 4 sacks, 6 tackles, 1 forced fumble



OFFENSE: DJ Moore, KC – 8 catches, 154 yards, 3 TDs

DEFENSE: Darius Slay, NYG – 3 INTs, 6 tackles, 2 pass defensed, TD



OFFENSE: Stefon Diggs, CAR – 11 catches, 212 yards, 3 TDs

DEFENSE: Tre’Davious White, LAC – 2 INTs, 3 tackles, 4 passes defensed



OFFENSE: Joe Flacco, KC – 17 of 25 for 288 yards, 4 TDs

DEFENSE: Talanoa Hufanga, CAR – 2 INTs, 3 tackles, TD



OFFENSE: Matt Ryan, SF – 22 of 28 for 281 yards, 4 TDs

DEFENSE: Jeff Okudah, CAR – 2 INTs, 8 tackles, 1 pass defense, TD



OFFENSE: CeeDee Lamb, LAR – 7 catches, 149 yards, 4 TDs

DEFENSE: James Houston IV, CAR – 4 sacks, 5 tackles, 4 hurries


OFFENSE: Stefon Diggs, CAR – 11 catches, 206 yards, 2 TDs

DEFENSE: Hassan Reddick, LAC – 4 tackles, 1 pass deflection, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery for game winning TD



OFFENSE: Aaron Rodgers, IND – 22 of 37 for 259 yards, 4 TDs

DEFENSE: Dru Tranquill, CAR – 1 sack, 15 tackles



OFFENSE: Tua Tagovailoa, DEN – 27 of 43 for 453 yards, 3 TDs

DEFENSE: New England Defense – sack, 10 passes defensed, 8 stuffs, 3 INTs, 151 yards against, 0 points



OFFENSE: Tua Tagovailoa, DEN – 20 of 29 for 318 yards, 3 TDs

DEFENSE: Julian Love, DEN – 7 tackles, 1 pass defense

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