Well here is my first post......As a Die hard Rider fan, I can remember thinking at the begining of the Season that this year was going to be a Rebuilding year as Edmonton got better (a la Hall, lumsden, ect...) Calgary defending champs and Ourselves and BC fighting for third (but BC had taken a step ackwards in my mind with loss of key players). So here we are almost at Labour day, and you know what? We are doing not too bad, stealing a win in Calgary, giving that win right back via crapping the bed against Edmonton.
Durrant has had flashes of brilliance but still throws that ill time ball and or hangs his receivers out to dry for crushing hits. Who in the past were the best QBs in this League??? More often than not they were mobil QBS (flutie, ham, Allen, ect...) so why is Durrant not running the ball more? How ever in saying that he has ran more in the past two games....but overall if you look at last year he did that way more often keeping the Defenses off balance. Somehow its like he has been told to stay in the pocket...why?? But overall he has come along way and not having him look over his shoulder at Jyles helps.
Our HOGGIES on the O-Line is whats going to make or break this team, the injuries is whats killing us. Without great pass blocking or creating holes, no Qb is going to be affective. However with Big Gene back the line is starting to look better.
Our Defense? Well we are are weak at LB....(shoulda got armour, maybe trade a Canadian Receiver for one, a la Fantuz if he does not sign....I can hear ppl screaming at me right now) CHick and BAGGS and the D LINE look awesome no complaints there.
Our Receivers, well TSN panel, hit the nail on the head by the performance of all the Canadian Talent there. Quickly becoming fans of Dressler and Bagg
OKay here is my issue with this team.....We have no idea how to play special teams on either punt protection or returning......we suck period. Get rid of Kavous (sp??) as a coach. We are constantly loosing field position which is where we are always starting deep on our own end ( I would love to see the stat to our avg starting position after punts and kicks)
And finally on coaching, what is being said at half time because we look so lost in the second half??? I would love to be a fly on the wall to listen to what Miller is saying.
So we played well enough to win lastnight, and if there was ever a good L that would be one. Hopefully banged up bodies heal over the bye and we better get prepared for Winnipeg's Reid because he was a machine last night.
Well there is my two cents little long winded but hey after reading these boards for so long I had to speak up..........Rebuilding year....still having a shot in the Western standings , not bad if you ask me.......... :thup: