Although some of the stench remains from last week's rancid offensive performance, I thought it would be a salutary exercise to speak of this week's match-up. Here are a few things to watch as far as I am concerned.
Offensive game plan
There is going to be considerable pressure to come up with a coherent offensive game plan. I look forward to our first three offensive series as we will have worked on designed plays all week long. To start with a few two and outs would be disconcerting. A lemon peel floating in the St-Laurent would have noticed that shallow crossing routes in the middle were successful last week against the Stamps. They couldn't stop Weston Dressler. Have Noel Devine line up in the slot and run some crossing routes and see if they can adapt. Once they do adapt, use him as a decoy. Target Jonathan Hefney as the Riders did as he tends to be overaggressive in pursuit at times. Get Patrick Lavoie involved in protection or as an outlet receiver. Show the Stamps an unbalanced line with Ryan Bomben beside Josh Bourke. Run to that side or set up a screen for Brandon Whitaker. Design a bubble screen for Jamel Richardson or SJ Green instead of Eric Deslauriers (that play design was especially painful for me given the quality of other receivers we have).
Anthony and the gang
How will they respond? Although the coaching staff has been blamed, the players also need to be better. The interior of the line has been especially porous. AC needs a cleaner pocket. Although timing is part of the game plan, he needs to get rid of the ball quicker. Make that a priority. I would like to see some three and five step drops. Far too many seven step drops to date. That leads to happy feet from AC and considerably more pressure on our o-line. He is not mobile enough to escape from that deep in the backfield. I think that with the talent we have at receiver, if AC and the o-line improve their play, they will follow.
Defensive game plan
The Stamps scored 44 points against the Lions. The key to their offense is Jon Cornish. If he is able to run wild, we are in for a long day. While he ran for 192 yards against the Lions, the Riders were able to limit the damage last week and held him under 50 yards. Our run defense has been good to date. It will have to be again for us to stop the Stamps.
Although a bit reckless at times, I have always found Drew Tate to be very accurate. If we give him time to throw, he will cut us in pieces as the Stamps will pose a real test for our revamped defensive secondary. Between Maurice Price, Greg Carr, Joe West, Nik Lewis, and Marquay McDaniel, the Stamps have plenty of weapons.
Our special teams have been impressive to date but there is still room for improvement. Sean Whyte missed a FG last game which will happen. In a low scoring affair, it could have made a difference. His punting has been serviceable but still severely lacking in hang time. We will face Larry Taylor who is a little demon with the ball in his hands. I am looking forward to who will trot out there for us on kick and punt returns. I hope to see Tyron Carrier again as I do not see David Clowney as a viable alternative to Noel Devine based on Clowney's time in the NFL.
What are you looking forward to against the Stamps?
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