Well Ladies & Gentlemen ... Boys & Girls ... It's attribution & accountability time with the most recent loss & dreadful display by our beloved TiCats versus Edmonton @ a wet & soggy Alumni Aquatic Centre!
As you can clearly see, as well all witnessed first hand ... It was an absolute total team loss across all factors of the game. Below is a list of the most attributable factors in the loss;
FACTOR HAM EDM COS ? ATTRIBUTION
Off Run Yds/Att 4.00 8.50 -2.07 22.69%
Off Pass Yds/Att 4.92 6.45 -1.75 19.19%
Def Int Rate 0.00 2.00 -1.52 16.66%
Def Pass Yds/Att 6.45 4.92 -1.41 15.49%
Def Run Yds/Att 8.50 4.00 -1.08 11.84%
Off Int Rate 2.00 0.00 -0.90 9.86%
Off Pen Rate 6.00 5.00 -0.39 4.27%
Off Fum Rate 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.00%
Def Fum Rate 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.00%
So ... almost a quarter of Edmonton's margin of victory was due to it's ability in running the ball. Of course that also has much to do with Hamilton's inability to stopping the run. When you add the two run factors together it equals 34.53%. So more than a third of this game's differential lies in Hamilton's inability to run & stop the run.
Lots of theories and opinions abound here as far as under-sized MLB with JJ and/or ineffective DT's. I believe in the later rather than the former. I think this part of the equation was lost before the game even started when Coach Austin made Terrence Moore a healthy scratch in favour of Craig Marshall. Same can be said for the decision to dress Bussey rather than Simoni Lawrence. Personnel decisions were quite perplexing. Starting 2 rookie imports on Dline & only having a NI rookie back-up? Deciding to dress a rookie backup LB rather than someone who's played the game and who was motivated to play against Edmonton? Puzzling decisions!
Although the run game factors were quite significant, the main culprit was the passing as it usually is in the CFL. When you add up the various passing game factors, more than 45% of the game was decided here. Hamilton averaged under 5 yards per pass attempt while giving up almost 6.5 yards per attempt. Edmonton had 2 interceptions while Hamilton had none.
I personally think blame is to be laid across all participants in Hamilton's effort in this area. This was not a good outing by the Oline. After Ingersoll was quickly pulled and benched, the line did a little better but still not perfect. Every member gave up a sack or a pressure. No one had a perfect game along the line.
Receivers in my mind were terrible. They were running routes ... not getting open. They were running their patterns and not looking back for the ball. They definitely were not helping Henry by getting open or coming back to the ball as protection broke down or time elapsed. You have to get rid of the ball on a three count or less in this league. These guys weren't even coming out of their breaks or even looking for the ball at the 3 count! I put this down primarily on inexperience. That and coaching. This unit was unprepared.
And Henry. I realize he was under some pressure at times. I realize receivers weren't getting open quickly. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt that those two things would've made it hard for anyone to have a good game. Still, I'm not entirely sure Henry is making the right decisions. He missed wheel routes by Gable and Lamar out of the backfield many times. (You know, the routes that Reilly hit Charles on for EDM many times!) Henry was indecisive. I was worried he was a little too dialed into Fantuz last week and it really showed this week. I'm not sure if Henry has a firm grasp on Austin's offense yet as he seems unable to work through his progressions. It almost seems like he says; "Hike", gets the snap, looks for Andy, and if it's not there he panics.
Anyways, not too much on Hank since this was a total team & football organizational break down. Coaches did not have this team prepared. Made questionable roster selections. And those who dressed and played, did not have their best efforts/performances.