I found this interesting from Milton's column in today's Spec ...
"Not only has the offence not been progressing recently, it has subtly been getting less consistent. Until Sunday afternoon, that is, when there was no subtlety involved. And that really has to concern Austin, who spends most of his on-field time with the quarterbacks. In the past four games, Burris has thrown for only two touchdown passes, both in the same game, and has been picked off six times. The offence hasn't scored a touchdown in the past 86 minutes of football."
Good Points, a quarterback and running back are only as good as their oline and the game is won and lost in the trenches. With our depleted oline and last week vs. MTL the pocket was collapsing faster than a wet paper bag in a category 5 hurricane with MTL over the top blitzing, how much of that sucked the wind out of Henry's and our offensive sails? Troy Smith would have looked average with the capabilities of our offensive line vs. MTL's torrent pace on D last week, even if Kent Austin was his coach!
Thanks for the stat comparisons Captain, until we're completely healthy, we may only be a maybe for a EDSF win at best whether or not its played at Guelph or McGill universities.....
Exactly double the amount of the front running Stamps,who just happen to have the league rushing leader,coincidence,NOT!!!!!Truly amazing to think that Burris is the only starting Q.B. to play and start every game this season,considering he's hit the turf as much as he has this year. Interesting to note that as far as I know the Cats still hold the league record for least amount of sacks allowed in a season at an unbelievable 9,recorded in their Grey Cup season of "99".This is a record that will probably never be matched again,imagine only avg. 1 sack agst every 2 games.Compare that with this year,where are avg. is just a shade under 4 per game at 3.8.allowed.It certainly hasn't helped that due to injuries,we've been playing musical chairs with our tackle positions all season,and currently have both starters out with injuries and possibly another with Wojt going down in the 4th qtr last game,not to mention also that we've played a chunk of games without either of our blocking fb/te's in the lineup.Next game our OL could very well consist of 3rd stringer Dile and newcomer Spelling at the tackle positions,with Hage at center and Dykowski and O'Neill at guard.We need to get back both Simmons and Figuero back in time for the play-offs if we hope to have any chance for success,otherwise it could very well be one and done for this year.
But he also threw a lot of interceptions, he had a quick release and expected the receiver to be where he threw the ball.
I also remember the last couple of seasons he played and the Ticat fans who gave him a rough time and wanted him gone.
To bad they don't keep track of the number of hurries the Hamilton O-line has given up. That most certainly would give us a better picture of the problems we have with our O-line. Some of those hurries would likely account for the interception numbers Burris has this season.
That's a Danny McManus quick release stat. In fact IIRC, Ledbetter in relief appearances gave up 4 or 5 of those sacks which makes that number even more remarkable.
Our record of 8-8 truly indicates where we are at. Inconsistent. Injuries, new players, young players, new coaches are all factors. All in all I am pleased with this year performance. We are an average team with strengths and weaknesses. As Ron Lancaster once said (RIP) "your record doesn't matter as long as you go undefeated in November" and that is never more true than it is in the CFL.