Offensively, we should open this game using Johnson to attack Winnipeg’s perimeter, to get those linemen stretched out and running sideline to sideline, before pounding Stanback inside. Let Vernon settle into game rhythm without putting all the responsibility for moving the yardsticks on his shoulders. Wouldn’t mind some trap-blocking behind HB pitches to Johnson as the pocket shifts strong side or weak side. Nothing tees off defensive linemen more than having to pursue away from the LOS. I’m not saying we shouldn’t pass at all but if we get the ground game established early, it will help Adams find the seams and complete those bigger gains.
Defensively, I don’t want a repeat of the last game against Winnipeg. There is no sense bringing a game plan to the first 30 minutes of a game that categorically does not work and (in the case of Winnipeg) needed a miraculous and improbable comeback in the fourth quarter for us to win by the skin of our teeth. Given that we’re facing Streveler, a QB more comfortable making plays with his feet, and Harris, a bruising RB, we should open the game expecting to stop the run, with a QB spy on Streveler. Challenge LaPolice to beat us in the air where we’ve got a good group of cover DBs. I’d like to see more four-man front from the opening quarter and more aggression on the plays dialed up. Get in Streveler’s face, hit him, confuse him, and pressure him.
On special teams, it would be lovely to not give up big plays, to at least break even on field position, and for Bede to make the field goals one would expect a pro kicker to make.