I read the posts about the loss to Calgary in the forum and there seems to be a lot of concern over the ALS play last night.
While the ALS were clearly not ready to play a REG season game, I believe I have a few observations and notes to share. I follow the ALS and all CFL teams very closely and would like to share my thoughts.
Putting things into PERSPECTIVE here, the ALS are one of the TOP teams of the past 5 years. They were peaking 2 seasons ago and have lost some PLAYERS that just cannot be replaced- CHUI, Watkins, Duval punting which were good, Return Man of Hawkins, Maypray-- BEN CAHOON was a huge loss, PROULX a smart safety another loss, and also Guzman Boulay are losses none the less.
I thought about this and then thought that the ALS are obviously not going to be as strong as YEARS past, ESPECIALLY since for whatever reason THEY HAVE FAILED TO BRING IN SOLID RECRUITS to REPLACE the departed guys--
I am sorry but DESLAURIERS belongs in a TOUCH FOOTBALL LEAGUE_ He is fast long strider, big frame, but is not a TACKLE FOOTBALL PLAYER- He killed an early drive with a ridiculouos DROP on a seam pass from AC- THen he interfered with the attempted pass to BRATTON- THings like that make a QB lose confidence and its like playing with a MAN short on offense-
Brandon LONDON CLEARLY did not have his HEAD in the game last night-- The deep ball was an easy catch, and he short armed the ball like he has not caught a ball in 5 years? He looked like he wasnt really concentrating either to make the catch-
I have NOTICED since Marcus Howard Ko'd CALVILLO last season, that I thought that AC would be SCARED to take hits, Last night he LOOKED like he was scared and had HAPPY FEET-- He was looking to get rid of the ball and wasnt prepared to take the hits--- This is going to be a PROBLEM--
This is my thinking- AC is great for the franchise, but you cannot have a 40 year OLD QB who is more concerned about his family and POST FOOTBALL FUTURE_ Its clear that AC is more concerned about not getting hurt at this point in his career than he is about TAKING HARD HITS and winning games-- Makes sense as this point he is probably concerned about mortgages and his childrens education fund and other things in LIFE-
MARCUS BRADY- He couldn't read a DEFENSE when he was a QB in the CFL- he was just a runner with little football intelligence and now he is supposed to be OFFENSIVE coordinator- I find it hard to believe that this guy will be any help to the offense--
The return man i think his name is TRENT GUY-- He is really small with really small stride- SO he is Small and SLOW? Watch his returns he looked like a JOKE returing kicks, he has nothing at all to be a good returner--
Not a huge fan of REINBOLD- He doesent seem like he had his team prepared- CGY has been running the dump off passes to CORNISH and the fake hand off and roll out and pass to NIK LEWIS all last season- It was clear to me that I DOUBT it REINBOLD looked at any CGY GAME FILM from last season--
REINBOLD just looks like a guy to me who might not know what he is doing--
The ALS will not go anywhere this season if they do get some pass rushers and a good NOSE TACKLE- BOWMAN will be back but STEWART ANWAR was a huge loss- THey need to WIN the line of scrimmage- THey cannot use CIS guys at rush end and smallish guys--
Secondary looked athletic at least- Anderson Parker and BROWN look very solid--
SEAN WHYTE is not a CFL PUNTER_-- You will lose 10-20 yards every possession , every time-- MAYBE BRING BACK DUVAL, at least he could punt the ball 45 yards every time--
THe ALS offense is easy to stop, because all you have to do is DOUBLE COVER RICHARDSON and also keep an eye on SJ GREEN- When you use a linebacker to cover RICHARDSON underneath and then have deep coverage on him deep like CGY did on the BRANDON SMITH INTERCEPTION.
BRATTON does not scare anyone- LONDON is a JOKe out there, he looks really good but is not good, DESLAURIERS could not dominate in the CIS level- he is perhaps the biggest joke in the CFl as a receiver-
Eventually the ALS are going to have go through a REBUILD, but as we saw with EDMONTON and TORONTO this season and SASKATCHEWAN you can CHANGE a few KEY players and your team can be GOOD AGAIN--
If MONTREAL keeps AC and tries to keep this team together I can assure everyone that they will not be a CONTENDOR- They are getting worse and AC cannot last the entire season and is SCARED to get hit, so they will lose games this way-
They should make the transition to AD MACPERHSON or someone else- but they have to do it now-- LOOK AT CGY and HUFFNAGEL and BURRIS-
They released BURRIS because they knew he was FINISHED- I believe that BURRIS is finished also- he has the worst accuracy in the CFL and cannot read a defense still--
So the ALS must REBUILD and get rid of BRATTON, DESLAURIERS, AC, some of the D LIne and try to bring in new young players--
Is it me or does it seem like JIM POPP has taken the last 2 offseasons off and hasnt recruited anybody GOOD? Where are the new stars that POPP has recruited? The rest of the CFL has recruited much better players--- BC recruited amazing players from USA and won the GREY CUP with many really good players, CGY looks like they recruited some stars in BUTLER the Db, BENNET the DB, MCKOY the DL, TATE the QB, TORONTO and EDMONTON recruited many good defensive players like Marcus Howard, Rashad Jeanty, Derek Summer, BALL, Ahmad Carrol, Rod Williams, Jc Sherrit-
Its clear that POPP is SLACKING bigtime in the recruiting department, I mean to not replace the D Line and receivers with better receivers and to think that SEAN WHYTE is a CFL PUNTER is absurd---