In this game, which is pivotal, I think there's two keys; our O line handling that D line of Winnipeg, and our D being able to compensate for all the injuries.
So I was thinking. . . bear with me gang.
One of the keys to our Grey Cup win last season was that our Defensive coordinator (who of course is now theirs), who had our defence playing pretty much man to man all season, threw a major curve at the Riders in the Grey Cup and played mostly zone all game.
What sort of scheme could we throw at the Bombers to (a) put them off their game by catching them off-guard and (b) protect our banged up secondary?
Well I came up with an off the wall idea. . .just for discussion purposes, not necessarily that I'm suggesting this.
How about a 3/4 ?
If we had Emry, it wouldn't be hard; Ferri and Cox outside, Emry and Guzman in the middle.
But without Emry, how could we go to a 3/4 ?
Well look at what Stubler did in Edmonton; he dropped Greg Peach off the line and had him as one of his 4 LBs. Did pretty well, too.
We could look at doing a variation of that. We'd have to be creative with the ratio, but give this some thought.
Eric Wilson, spelled by Bekesiak and Hopkins at nose tackle.
McElveen at one "end". . he'd be more like a tackle since it's a 3 man line, but I think we all agree he's more effective that way anyway. The other, rush, end would be a platoon of Stewart and Bowman.
We'd have Guzman and Ferri as MLBs; Cox as one outside LB. The other outside LB would be either Stewart or Bowman, whichever isn't at end on a play to play basis, or Kitwana Jones, and he'd be on the same side of the field as McElveen.
I know it's kind of an oddball suggestion, and I have no idea if Tibesar has ever worked a 3/4 defence, but it's something to consider I think.
Should confuse the Bombers as they won't know from play to play who's coming and from where. . .