Well, that was a fine "character" W last game, but it was just the first game of the season and everyone is getting used to a new system.
It was nice to see RBs involved and using swing passes, end-around, smash-mouth up-the-gut, and using the RBs in the passing game. O-line - waaaaay too many sacks! An old nemesis, i.e. 2nd-and-long, is still biting us so we have to come up with better solutions. Still some disconnects in some passing routes, but in the fullness of time I think that will work itself out as AC and the boys get used to "Hawkball". O-line - better protection for AC.
On D, we simply didn't get enough push from the front four. That said, Winnipeg went for a BIG O-line; most of them are 6'6" and one of them is 6'11"! We did manage to disrupt things at times, but Pierce was able to scramble and complete passes. We still need good rushing D-linemen; Bowman can't do that by himself. Anwar - do ya still have some gas left in the tank? Hmmm? The secondary looks better than it has for years.
STs - well, we do have a couple of speedsters with Devine and Carrier. Note to Devine - look at Carrier's return for a TD! You run Up the field! Still some work to do on downfield coverage, however.
Kicking game? Well, last game Whyte did a great job. Can he repeat that? Hope so!
We definitely can't take the BB for granted - they were in the game right to the end. Truth to tell, we got away with an I non call on Jerald Brown, so we were also a bit lucky. On the strength of the offensive fireworks we saw between the Argos and Ticats, we can't take anything for granted from those teams, either. Both QBs are quite capable and they have offensive weapons that can kill you.
So, let's hope the Hawk is preparing the Als well for Thursday's game.
Go Als go!