Als-Roughriders

Well, I know it's only the season opener, but Sask looks eminently beatable. I hope the coaching staff is studying this one carefully in preparation for next Saturday's game. We need to do some shuffling on D with the loss of Brown and have to tighten things up on ST. It should be a very entertaining game - looking forward to it already!

How 'bout 'dem Esks?

Well I sure hope they keep playing Eubanks at HB. .. Richardson and Green will have a field day.

Always nice to see Rider fans get gangrene :slight_smile:

I think there will be a lot more people trying to breakdown Stubbler's defense than watching Marshal's no nothing defense.

I hope AC will utilize all receivers this time. In the BC game, first half, Greene picked up a TD and London showed he can catch but, both these guys were ignored in the second half. AC and Richardson played great second half pitch and catch with other but all for naught.

Richie Hall has his work cut out for him.

Against Edmonton, they had no pass rush to speak of. So a weak HB, Eubanks, got torched because RR had oodles of time as did his receivers. They're also weak on the corners. . . with Kornegay out (he might be back) they had to play a raw rookie (Graham) on one corner, and Tristan Jackson (decent returner; as a corner, not so much) on the other.

So, against Montreal, if their pass rush isn't improved at all, AC will have lots of time to carve them up. Eubanks was dreadfully outmatched against Stamps, and I don't think Stamps is half the receiver that our slots (Richardson, Greene) are.

I'm a bit worried about how our D will respond to Durant & co. We need a better pass rush against SSK, and stronger play from our linebackers, who IMO didn't have a great game against the Lions: Cox was a non-factor and dropped an INT thrown right at him, Ferri couldn't reach the QB, Guzman took at least one penalty, and Emry at times whiffed on his pass coverage (particularly on a Geroy Simon crossing route that went for a big gain). As a group, they're better than what they showed against the Lions. It's time for them to step up.

Je suis d'accord avec le fait que la défensive aurait pu mieux jouer contre les Lions, mais il demeure que c'est elle qui a complètment muselé les Lions en première demie, et c'est elle qui a limité les dégâts en 2ième demie. Le point tournant a été quand Anderson a étampé Robrtson sur le terrain. Ça a été la fin des petites passes pièges qui avaient charcuté nos secondeurs au 3ième quart. À partir de ce moment-là, Lulay a eu beaucoup plus de difficulté à travailler.

Ceci pour dire que si la défensive n'a pas été parfaite, elle a tout de même fait le travail et c'est ce qui me rend optimiste en ce qui la concerne. C'était la première partie de l'année et la brigade peut encore s'améliorer.

À l'attaque, j'ai été étonné de voir qu'elle n'a pas pu réagir aux ajustements des Lions après la demie. L'avance était confortable, mais les Lions ont montré qu'elle n'était pas si grande non plus. Un point très positif, cependant, c'est que comparé à la dernière saison, Calvillo a été assez bien protégé, même après que Luc Brodeur-Jourdain se soit fait blesser. Whitaker a connu un bon premier match comme partant régulier. Je conserve mes points d'interrogation concernant Baker et London. Certes, ils leur faut du temps pour s'adapter, mais je persiste à croire que l'équipe serait présentement meilleure avec Deslauriers sur l'alignement partant. Sa présence permettrait également de l'alterner à l'occasion avec Green comme demi inséré pour des tracés courts, bien qu'on sait qu'il est receveur éloigné.

Je crois que les Alouettes disputeront une bonne partie à Regina, mais que cette partie ne sera pas une sinécure. Les Roughriders ont un affront à venger, et qui de mieux que les Alouettes pour le faire?

When your leading 27 to 3 I wouldn't open my playbook anymore then I have to plus we needed to work our running game. At least that's the way I see it.

I don’t mind working the running game, but scoring only 3 points in the second half is unacceptable. We only wound up winning by 4 points. It wasn’t a big enough lead that we could afford to be conservative the entire second half.

In football, like almost any sport, there is always a question of balance. Sometimes a fairly substantial lead can have the effect of: "well it's practically in the bag, so let's not kill ourselves and risk injury to our starters". There is definitely some logic in this approach. I don't know if that's what the Als decided in the 2nd half, but there would have been some justification had they chosen this route.

Nontheless, the Lions were not intimidated in the least by the fact that they were playing the GC champs at home, and they kept chipping away and made a game of it. I would like to see an aggressive attitude for most of the game; you never know when you have enough points on the board. Members on this forum have often evoked the subject of parity in the league, and I would tend to agree - any team can beat any other team on any given day.

So, there are things to work on against Sask on Saturday, not the least of which is the pass-rush, and even more creative things on O. I won't repeat what has been discussed almost ad nauseum about improvement required on ST. I'm not sure who Trestman intends to start in the secondary. If it is Dix, then I hope he has a big game and can turn some heads! After all, I am first and foremost a fan, and I want to see my guys have a good game - and a W!!!!

Go Als go!!!

According to The Canadian Press, the Als have lost Jeff Robershaw,non-import DL, for a long period; he has had a foot injury and,according to Trestman, will need surgery; I presume that he will be transferred to the 9 game injury list.

What changes will the Als make? They could add Brian Ridgeway,non-import LB; another option,which I prefer, would be to add Moton Hawkins,Import DL, to the roster; at game time either Kitwana Jones or Moton Hawkins would be left out/would not dress for the game. Since we have more depth at DE than at DT,Jones would be the one out.

Richard

Well, according to Herb, Ridgeway it is, and Woldu won't dress yet again:

http://alsinsideout.com/the-snap/brown-might-return/

Meanwhile, Trestman said rookie linebacker Brian Ridgeway will be activated and placed on the 46-man roster, primarily for special teams duty. That makes Paul Woldu a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game.

As per the Als roster,Jeff robershaw is already on the 9 game injury list.

Richard

Correction on previous article:

Shall read Moton Hopkins and not Moton Hawkins.

I wonder if DeAndra Cobb and Prechae Rodriguez will remain on the 1 game injury list for long; would not be surprised if at least 1 is out soon/released.

Richard

The Riders will have several starts back on defense for the game (Kornegay, Freeman, McKenzie). They won't be pushovers on defense and they'll be screaming mad about the blowout loss to Edmonton last week. Als had best be prepared. SSK always gives us everything we can handle.

Absolument.

Ces gars-là ont sérieusement manqué aux Roughriders lors de leur dernière partie.

Ce qu'on peut dire, c'est que l'attaque est relativement prête (en supposant que Wheelwright sera de retour en pleine forme). Elle a produit des jeux contre les Eskimos, et si Durant ne s'était pas senti obligé de forcer le jeu en deuxième demie, l'écart aurait facilement pu être de 4 points au lieu de 14.

C'est donc avant tout une défaite de la défensive. La poursuite du quart était déficiente et le jeu de la tertiaire était du niveau des parties préparatoires. D'autre part, j'ai trouvé que les Eskimos n'avaient pas eu beaucoup de difficulté à courir non plus. McCarthy, Messam et Porter ont souvent pu faire des gains appréciables. C'est donc dire que la ligne défensive a eu de la difficulté à les contenir, et que les secondeurs étaient en retard sur les jeux. Si les blessés de la défensive reviennent en force, ce ne sera déjà plus la même équipe.

Donc, si notre ligne défensive donne trop de temps à Durant, il va pouvoir faire les jeux. Considérant les résultats des Lions sur les passes courtes, il semble que les Alouettes laissent le terrain ouvert. Donc, des ajustements seront nécessaires pour mieux couvrir le court-moyen rayon.

Par ailleurs, l'attaque des Alouettes devra être capable de jouer plus qu'une demie. Se rappelle-t-on d'une avance de 24-10, puis 33-12, qui s'est terminée par une défaite de 54-51? Les Alouettes ne pourront se contenter de laisser filer l'horloge pendant 30 minutes dans cette partie. Les Roughriders ont eu des ennuis avec leur tertiaire et leur ligne offensive, et il faudra en profiter. Par ailleurs, défensivement, les Alouettes devront mieux jouer que contre les Lions. Une meilleure poursuite du quart et un jeu plus intense en milieu de terrain devraient être de bonnes améliorations.

Hello Senior Ah Me, I made the switch to take "MONTREAL" in the pool by Big Dave.

Sigh... Senior's quote;
Everyone wants a piece of you when you're #1
You'll just have to take my word on that one :wink:
Well I just did :stuck_out_tongue:

Well, ST handed a TD to the Roughies - so (sigh!), the woes continue! Let's hope we can get things turned around.

Go Als go!

Absolutely and totally NO pressure on Durant from our front four

Easily picked up blitz…ball down the middle

…another “sigh”

I hope the injury to Whitaker is not serious. He's been doing just fine thus far. If he is injured for any length of time, we'll soon find out just how deep we are in running backs who can get the job done.

But, good on the Als for not abandonning the run play; it makes the passing that more effective! BTW - congrats Tim Maypray!