Not at all sure about the "firmed up defence" as you call it, Niagara. At best, it is a reconstituted D, especially in the secondary, due to injuries.
To be sure, they played well on Sunday. This is due, in no small part, to the fact that the D-line had Glenn running for his life and making hurried throws. More often than not, hurried throws = bad throws and this made the secondary's job a little easier. Let us not forget, however, that many Ticats' receivers dropped very catchable passes, so we also caught a break on that one. That said, Brouillette, Williams, and others were standing on their head.
The roster players, who are now getting a chance to play due to the injuries to our starters in the secondary, have to step up to the plate. They need to ensure the confidence that the coaching staff and management have placed in them. To me, that's what championship teams are made of; they can overcome adversity and have depth in case of injury. AC and the O certainly displayed that. I hope, however, that the deep pass routes are improved; we hardly connected on those last Sunday.
The new D will have to make a repeat performance, and even better themselves this Sunday against the Bombers. What I esepecially liked in the Ticats' game is that they played for 60 minutes, despite the fairly substantial lead; that was the key to a W.
Go Als go!!!!