1- Redblacks did their homework and exploited the Ellingson Heffney matchup all night. Has anyone ever seen timing outs being completed so easily in the cfl? Heffney is not professional calibre. If the Als had a regular corner they would have won this game easily. Heffney was obviously playing off Ellingson who proceeds to burn Heffney late on the post pattern. Heffney was owned tonight. Change number 1 is Heffney has to be released.
2- Receivers with speed are needed. stamps is slowing big time on that pass he caught behind coverage he was chased down easily. Could have used staffords speed this year. Nik Lewis is very slow. Giguerre can't run any patterns and is soft. So vs faster athletic defences like tonight you give Cato nobody to throw to. Cato reads well but he needs speedy receivers.
3- Higgins is the head coach. What added value does he bring? The good head coaches like Milanovich and Huffnagel are watching the game attentively and they know which plays to challenge. Before half Burris clearly fumbles and the Als players signal they have it. Refs say it's otttawa ball and Higgins is asleep. Good coaches challenge that play. Higgins does not realize that the difference between winning and losing is in the challenges. Getting the challenges right is what winning teams do.
4- Jim Popp needs to start finding secondary and receiver replacements for Gerald Brown Billy Parker Chip Cox and Nik Lewis Feed Stanos Giguerre and even Sj green will be older next year and start to rapidly decline.
5- the Als must find a cure for the interior blitzes right at Cato. You could see in tonight's game and vs Winnipeg when the pressure comes right up the middle at Cato he panicks and makes errors. He is just not big enough to stand tall and go through his progressions. He is 175 lbs. that concern is that he needs an offensive line like Calgary had last season in which nobody broke through their offensive line. When Calvino played no one came up the middle like teams are doing to the aLs.
as I wrote earlier Cato is very smart and throws in advance and reads well. He is smart like a mini Drew Bree's. However he is too skinny. He can't take the hits or pressure and if teams were smart blitz the hell out of him because he will be predictably throwing deep lobs to receivers. Cato is decent although his reluctance to take a hit means he will not ho far in playoffs and I haven't seen a successful qb who doesn't take the hits. Peyton manning are you listening. Don't take hits and you can't win