It's a shame the Alouettes lost this game
I doubt too many feel the sting of this loss more than me
Reading Jack Todd's offhanded swipe at Alouettes reporting
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Before he went on to more important affairs
Leaves one wondering if the Alouettes wouldn't have been better off
Getting blown out of this game
Anthony Calvillo left a tired and befuddled old fart
And everyone calling for his head
Don't get me wrong
I'm sure AC has plenty of great games left in that arm of his
In an ideal world there would be a place for an aging quarterback legend
And an up and coming QB star in this league
For those who thought Calvillo was toast after that debacle in B.C., check the numbers.
And what numbers...right?
30/42 513 and 3 touchdowns
Lost in those stats are a few harsh realities however.
Calvillo started the game looking every bit the quarterback we've seen the last few weeks:
Crumbling and fumbling under pressure
A pick six and we're behind
Milanovich has a revelation
Puts Whitaker to work
We start moving the ball
That's all well and good
Hamilton backs off the pressure and focuses on the run
Giving AC significantly more time in the pocket
And he capitalizes...of course
It's obvious that Bellefeuille's decision to sit Baggs came a hair's breath from backfiring on him
Mullinder looked lost on the end
Obviously Johnson had to play...and he got that pick...
But honestly...Calvillo was not really challenged for much of the rest of the game
If he had been, the buzz around town would have had a diametrically different tone
So I'm sure some are pleased that AC's saved his job for another season (perhaps)
And that despite the disastrous field position his early game stalled drives inflicted on an already overburdened defence...putting the Alouettes into a hole they had no reason to be in...the rest of the team can take the fall for his failings. Gawd...hearing Flory almost in tears...apologizing to the fans when interviewed post game really capped this season for me. Our O-line has been aces. Despite the burden of protecting a quarterback that simply can't protect himself.
So this is how I see we lost this game...and so many before it:
We run back the kickoff....to the 30-35....no more because of our pathetic return game.
Calvillo's drive stalls 2 and out...or maybe after 1 first down.
Maybe pushed back 10 yards after a sack...or two
Whyte punts and the opposition has a big return because of our pathetic coverage unit.
They start somewhere past mid-field
And then everyone blames the defence for letting them score.
We need a new rush end
Replacing Eric Wilson is idiotic...stalwart on the best run-defence in the league this year
But a new defensive tackle with some rushing ability to replace Keron Williams (finally) might be nice
Any criticism on the secondary...even the devastated secondary we've had most of the year has to take our lack of pass rush into account as a major factor.
Kevin Glenn was clean almost all game
I'll accept the D-Line's apologies if proffered
The return of Boulay, Anderson, Brown, Emry and Estelle
Along with some of the more solid performers this year
Williams and Woldu among them
And the defence should be sorted.
On offence we desperately need a true fullback
To get those gritty 2-3 yards up the middle when needed
It's never that encouraging going into a game hearing your head coach praising the viscousness of the opposing tailback...especially when it's absolutely true.
And an actual speed-burning deep threat would be nice
Assuming our quarterback can actually get the ball to him
As for the rest of the offence...I guess we'll have to wait won't we?
If AC comes back as the undisputed leader and starter...don't expect us to do much more in 2012
Opposing defences...especially on the stronger teams...have a pass rush that Calvillo simply has no answer for.
This was a wasted season
"Disappeared" down the memory hole of the Calvillo legacy
If...as Jack Todd suggests...we stand pat and do it all over again
We'll be lucky to make the playoffs next year
And if we do...don't expect 33,000
But you can expect an
I told you so
Have a nice if lengthy off-season