Als Taken Apart!

After the beating laid upon out team I expected to find lots of comment on the Calgary game but, finding none I will just share some of the thoughts I recall having as I watched the game. The whole team was at fault for the defeat and, I cannot even begin the post game analysis of the many errors committed. A few players, in a positive sense lookd good. I was always a fan of Devone Claybrooks and, recall he was great at stuffing the offensive backs that came his way. I thought he was a stout defender last evening and, stopped Cobourne on his several carries. For the Als our number7 was his usual self and, generally played, what I considered, a strong defensive game with two QB sacks. I also thought that Bekasiak, coming back from injury, played well- he has been a great Ti Cat gift to our defensive line. I was suprised that Shea Emery showed us a good kicking leg although he might have been a little slow in his first down running attempt.

I believe the Als have to still be looking for the person required for kick returns. On the other hand, one might question our special teams situation, as it seemed blockers were not protecting these guys. Vann on his one return was victimized by his teammates and, Maypray was overwhelmed completely by all the bodies coming at him. I noticed that Vann played on special teams and, as such , might have thie edge over Maypray. Shea Emery demonstrated a strong kicking leg although he was somewhat slow on his run looking for a first down. We sure missed Terry Watkins- I noted on one newspaper earlier that he is gone for the season- lets hope this is not the case.In my estimation Watkins has been our best receiver for several seasons. I thought that our team missed Jon Banks whom, I thought, had made his mark for the few games he played this season. Finally Dix showed some skill in knocking down two passes in the very tight coverage given to his opposing receivers. I am anticipating comments from all the usual Als posters.

After the game I decided I’d just ignore it and not comment. I’m sure a lot of posters felt the same way.
Unfortunately…I have a hard time shutting up.

I believe the Als have to still be looking for the person required for kick returns. On the other hand, one might question our special teams situation, as it seemed blockers were not protecting these guys. Vann on his one return was victimized by his teammates and, Maypray was overwhelmed completely by all the bodies coming at him. I noticed that Vann played on special teams and, as such , might have thie edge over Maypray.
Vann is a rookie...and could easily be referred to as "college boy" in the same way as is Chris Leak...he's got great college creds..and a spectacular video which I'm [b][i]sure[/i][/b] has been making the rounds of CFL film rooms. God knows what trash he's been getting from opposing teams...but to his credit he hasn't done too badly considering what kind of team mindset he's stumbled into. Speaking of stumbles, if he hadn't...he would have busted that one punt return for a [b][i]big[/i][/b] gainer. He's starting to put his hesitation aside and use that natural acceleration we've been waiting for. His usefulness on coverage teams and as an extra defensive back can't be overstated.
We sure missed Terry Watkins- I noted on one newspaper earlier that he is gone for the season- lets hope this is not the case.In my estimation Watkins has been our best receiver for several seasons.
Watkins is out for the season...probably the playoffs too. Another positive was Andrew Hawkins. He beat a double team for that touchdown and proved my point (self-congratulation mode) about his shiftiness and ability to get open. I think AC has been a little spoiled with his receivers...and when Hawkins height disadvantage [b][i]did[/i][/b] let him down on a play or two AC abandoned the Hawkins alternative altogether. With Cahoon being neglected into relative obscurity...AC simply can't afford to eliminate receivers from his radar in that way.
I thought that our team missed Jon Banks whom, I thought, had made his mark for the few games he played this season. Finally Dix showed some skill in knocking down two passes in the very tight coverage given to his opposing receivers. I am anticipating comments from all the usual Als posters.
If the Alouettes continue to play man coverage then they're going to need to blitz and [b][i]get to the quarterback[/i][/b]. Also...teams are starting to obliterate man coverage using those "short" crossing patterns, with our linebackers in desperate pursuit laterally across a demolition derby of body/obstacles. Something is going to have to be done to adjust for this or it's going to continue to be a [b][i]HUGE[/i][/b] Achilles heel on defense.

Senior; I agree with your prescription for a focused blitz defense for future games. I do believe that despite the trashing, we have the tools to play this game. I was impressed by two defenders on the line- Bowman and Bekasiak. The latter rejoined the others after time out for injury and, I have no doubt that Cox will also be up to future challenge as will Bowman, who is emerging as the number one Al in the QB sack dept.

Les Stampeders ont toute une équipe, et ils l'ont démontré vendredi.

Les Alouette sont amochés avec la perte de Watkins et la blessure à Duval. Emry n'as pas mal fait, mais il n'a pas souvent réussi à repousser les Stampeders assez loin dans leur zone.

Le gros problème des Alouettes contre Calgary est ses demis défensifs. Les receveurs des Stampeders ont fait ce qu'ils voulaient d'Estelle, Brown, Parker, et dans une moindre mesure, de Dix. Ils n'ont pas été capables de faire les jeux pour les arrêter. La ligne défensive n'a pas mal fait, même si elle n'a pas joué un grand match.

Ça fait 2 match qu'on se fait compter 40 points. Il y a de nombreux ajustements à faire de ce côté.

Pour ce qui est de l'attaque, Calvillo a souvent mis un peu trop de puissance dans ses passes : les recveurs ne pouvaient les capter. Je comprends que les fenêtres n'étaient parfois pas ouvertes longtemps, mais ça à nui à l'attaque. La piètre utilisation du jeu au sol a aussi nui à l'attaque.

Il faudra se rendre à l'évidence, nous avons une équipe qui va gagner le titre de sa division, qui peut se rendre à la Coupe Grey encore cette année, mais qui n'a pas ce qu'il faut pour battre les Stampeders sans Watkins, et peut-être pas les Roughriders non plus.

Il leur faudra beaucoup d'appui et d'ajustements pour réussir à vaincre lundi prochain.

Enfin, saluons des gars qui ne ménagent pas leurs efforts, et qui nous donne l'espoir à chaque semaine qu'ils peuvent gagner. S'ils pouvaient terminer la saison avec une fiche de 12-6, ce serait tout de même une autre belle saison.

Allez-y, les gars!

D'apres moi...les Alouettes n'ont pas assez essayer de regler les problemes existants depuis le debut de cette saison: surtout la manque presque complete de l'attaque au sol...la faiblesse au centre de la ligne offensive (rendu pire apres la blessure de Lambert?)...l'impuissance des retours de bottées...une secondaire parfous confus, autrefois brillante...la liste est longue.

D'autres équipes ont les moyens de faire rentrer de l'aide en mi-saison....surtout apres les "coupures" aux états. Mais les Alouettes semblent content...et doivent penser que l'équipe gangante de l'an dernier a tout les outils pour repeter en 2010. Meme si Trestman constate qu'avec le départ d'un seul joeuer l'équipe n'est plus le meme.

Bon...on a perdu Bryan Chieu, Davis Sanchez, Larry Taylor, Keron Williams...quatre étoiles...cette année on trouve des problemes justement au centre...retours de bottées..aux secondaire...et on a souvent de la misere d'amener un peut de pression sur les quart-arrieres...

Et voila pourquoi il est souvent tellement difficile de repeter un championat.....parce-que les propieteres et les "managers" ont fait leur "cash"...et ils pensent qu'ils ont un an ou deux de mediocrité avant que les partisants commencent a se plaindre. C'est exactement pour cette raison que les Alouettes on laisser passer Chad Owens, meme si il était clair que Larry Taylor représentait une enorme parti de notre succes...que peu pourrait lui remplacer. Ca semble etre l'attitude d'es Alouettes cette année...mettre "qui on as" pour "patcher" nos trous...et on espere que les fans se plaindront pas trop.

Certe...les Alouettes gagneront l'Est encore une fois...et alors?
Encore une fois (et pour faire changement je ne blame pas Calvillo pour la defaite qui vient) on va perdre le "Grand Show".
Dommage...

PS: Sorry for my appalling French....made worse by an English-only spellcheck.
Not sure why I wrote the last in my "father-tongue".
Guess I wanted to see if I could make any sense.
Not too bad "content-wise"...I guess....

Senior Ah Me - I understood the majority of your post in french. It's the effort that counts. I'm sure that Le Staf and others have appreciated it as well. Good job!

Cela exige une effort mais ily une place pour tous dans notre societe multi culturelle.

Wow ! Way to go Sir, 72 and learning new computing tools ! Your awesome !