Als (NOT "Al's") - Riders Game

The thing about other receivers dropping balls is that the other receivers all bring more, athletically, to the table than Ben. Watkins is a deep threat who can pile up YAC yards. Richardson and Green are big bodies with big-play capability because they can win jump balls against most DBs. Bratton has deceptive speed and is versatile enough to be effective in different roles and positions on the field. Avon is Avon. Cahoon, by contrast, is nothing special if he isn’t catching most everything that comes his way. He’s small, and not particularly quick or strong. You can’t use him as a deep threat very often, nor can you just put a ball up in man coverage and expect him to beat a DB who’s likely taller and stronger. Ben’s value as a receiver depends on both his ability run crisp routes to create separation, particularly in zone coverage, and his ability to catch whatever comes his way. If – and that’s a big if, mind you – he can’t get open frequently and catch the ball consistently, he no longer adds value to the team.

Ben is fine, the Als offense has moved away from him, he no longer the go to guy, Jamel because of his size tends to be the new go to guy.
When i chatted with AC at the gazette event at the centaur, he mentionned they went Jamel's way because on second long the D are using press coverage with lots of pressure and just by his size Jamel makes an ideal target. Ben still contributes, he blocks and gets his catches here and there. I expect in some clutch moment he will get the ball when Jamel is too well covered.That being said, Ben career is on the down slope, he is still my fave receiver, but i suspect this is last season.

I'm with you on that Section W. Going forward, we're set in terms of slotbacks with Richardson and Green, and at WR with Bratton and Watkins.

Where it'll hurt when Ben retires is the non-import quota. So far, Desriveaux and Deslauriers have not shown that they are anywhere close to Ben. Our depth in terms of non-import receivers is not what I'd like it to be. . . oh to be a Rider fan with their Canadian receivers.

You only need seven NI starters and the Als have 8 NI olinesmen, 2 safety, 1 MLB (with another on his way) capable of starting. We don't need a bunch of NI receivers. Saskatchewan won't be able to pay all those receivers when Durant makes the kind of money premier starters make in this league. I much prefer position my NI on the oline, where they have 10 year careers and do not get injured near as much.

Valid point. . .

Bingo. And don't forget Kerry Carter, our NI fullback. :slight_smile:

I strongly suspect that after Ben retires, they'll simply go with five import receivers at the starting spots. As MJ said, we're pretty set at receiver with Watkins, Richardson, Bratton, Green, and Hawkins (hopefully he's 100%). Watkins is the oldest of the bunch at 31 and still has plenty of game left in him. Everyone else is in their physical prime.

Sorry Kerry :thup:

Il est vrai que Cahoon a moins bien paru cette année. Mais on peut en dire autant de tous les receveurs à l'exception de Green. Ils ont tous échappé des passes qu'ils pouvaient attraper, qu'ils attrapaient en 2008 ou en 2009.

Mon impression est plutôt que puisque Calvillo a été plus pressé dans ses passes, et puisque les adversaires ont amélioré leur couverture, les passes sont plus imprécises cette année que lors des deux années passées. Ben a souvent échappé des passes lancées derrère lui alors qu'il était en mouvement dans l'autre sens. Si ces mêmes passes avaient été envoyée à n'importe quel autre receveur de l'équipe, il n'aurait problament même pas touché au ballon et l'erreur du quart aurait été plus évidente.

Les raisons à ceci :

  1. pas assez de jeux au sol;

  2. pas assez de jeux pour contrer le blitz;

  3. la ligne offensive se cherche encore et ne protège pas Calvillo assez longtemps;

  4. les receveurs sont nerveux et précipitent les choses, ce qui fait qu'ils échappent le ballon au lieu de commencer par le conserver dans leurs mains.

Cette année, le receveur qui me déçois le plus est Richardson. Je comprends que Calvillo veut qu'il débloque et il lui lance le ballon pour que ça arrive. Mais en attendant, il est ordinaire en-dehors de la zone des buts. Calvillo devrait se servir plus de Green, qui est plus fiable sur le terrain.

Une chance que la défensive s'est replacée, parce que les Alouettes pourraient très bien avoir un dossier de 2-4 à l'heure qu'il est.

Bravo !
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I still like to think that Cahoon will be a factor down the road, even though this is probably his last season. Ive seen him create openings for Watkins, etc. with his route running and "rubs", and Im sure well see a few clutch catches, He is supposed to be in much better physical shape than he was last year. Hindsight being 20/20 it is easy to say we shouldnt have given up on Stala, who is having a great year. But he had what seemed to be chronic foot issues, and there is the infamous SMS to uphold.There is not much room for him at present, but I also suspect if Desriveaux ever got his chance we would be pleasantly surprised.
The Als offence sucked big time in the 2nd half against Sask., but it is not a concern to me. Trestman has said it was lots of little things - missed assignments, etc. - that went wrong, but all stuff that is correctable.
The bigger concern down the road against the stronger teams is the pass defense, particularly if Estelle is out for any length of time. I guess Dix will go to the short side corner and Samuels will be inserted at the wide side. Pierre Vercheval whose football knowledge I respect has also been saying the Als have to do a better job of disguising their coverage on 2nd and long.

People tend to forget but I've seen many season's where Ben started off slow, last season was unusual for him with the 3 monster games the Als had on offense to start the season. If you look at his 10 plus season, you would probably find that he's on par or ahead of half or so of those after six games.

Des tres bon points Staf! :thup:

Pour conclure en ce qui concerne Cahoon, un jour pas si lointain, Ben prendra sa retraite (tout le monde sait ça, bien entendu). Probablement à la fin de cette saison, notre légende se lancera dans une nouvelle vie. Si les Alouettes gagnent la Coupe Grey en 2010, il se retirera dans la gloire avec une autre bague, et sinon, il se retirera dans la gloire comme titulaire du plus grand nombre d'attrapés dans l'histoire de la LCF.

Là où j'en viens, c'est à savoir qui sera l'héritier du rôle de Cahoon. Je vois très bien Bratton ou Desriveaux remplir ce rôle. Ils ont de bonnes mains, courent bien leurs tracés et on sait que Bratton élève généralement son niveau de jeu lorsque l'importance de l'enjeu augmente. Desriveaux peut être le même genre de joueur, mais il ne semble pas figurer dans les plans de l'équipe et on le verra sans doute briller ailleurs à la fin de son contrat, hélas!

Ce que j'ai plus hâte de voir à long terme, c'est si Maypray et Leak (je crois qu'on va perdre McPherson cet hiver) vont développer cette complicité qui a si bien servi Calvillo et Cahoon au cours des années. Ils ont fait de belles choses en match pré-saison, et le courant semble bien passer entre ces deux-là.