If the adage that games are won and lost in the trenches is true, I'm not liking Toronto's chances against Calgary on Saturday. Stamps DLine is nothing spectacular, but the All-Canadian OLine in Toronto is brutal. Even with Jon St. Pierre in as a sixth OLineman last week, Ricky Ray never had time in the pocket. Wayne Smith couldn't cut it in Hamilton - - now he's been given the LT job. And Jeff Keeping was a back up G/TE until he suddenly became the starting C this year. Keeping was manhandled last week against Edmonton - - watch what happens on the interior this week.
No idea what's going on with Toronto's DLine, but the personnel decisions last week were mind boggling. Chris Jones has decided he wants to alternate Ricky Foley and EJ Kuale at rush end. Putting your best NI on the bench when the Canadian OLine is a disaster? Absolutely senseless. Foley's a pure pass rusher who's at his best getting after the QB, but Toronto has him dropping into coverage - - no wonder they can't generate any QB pressure. The other problem with this scheme is that Kuale's a natural MLB who's strength is flowing to the ball to make tackles. Kuale has no pass rush technique - - when he tried to attack the OT he was engulfed, so he ended up just standing still at the line of scrimmage and then chasing after the play after it developed. Watch what happens this week when Kuale lines up at DE.
Special teams was a complete destruction for Toronto last week. Missed FG from 20yds...missed FG from 30yds...illegal shanked kick out of bounds...too many men on the field penalty. I haven't heard if Noel Prefontaine had any 9:30am tee off times this week, but the weather in Toronto has been beautiful so I have to wonder if he's spent more time practicing his golf game or making FGs from inside 30yds.
Is Toronto going to keep misusing Cory Boyd? Last week he only had 8 carries for 48yds - - but he had 10 receptions for a grand total of 9yds. A boring run game isn't nearly as exciting as a cutting edge passing attack but which is better - - averaging 6yds per rush or averaging less than 1yd per reception? I realize the OLine is bad, but run blocking is easier than pass blocking and Boyd does a great job getting yards after contact. If they limit him to less than 10 carries again this week, I'd project a Toronto loss - - followed by a Twitter blast from Boyd.