BC fans probably shouldn't read too much into the last three quarters of last night's dismantling of the Riders. Against a first string D Reilly would probably struggle much more than he did last night, essentially playing against the scrubs. But I liked his pocket presence, mobility and accuracy and the players seem to want to play for him. Demarco did engineer that final drive for a TD, but his spot is a developmental position, so don't expect much from this year. Either way the QB position looks plenty solid. It was a very good job by a patchwork offensive line for three quarters, especially by Kabongo and Baboulis. Very impressed with our receivers and that new running back/kick returner, Stewart, who was called "Sanders" by Chris Cuthbert for much of the night on TSN. Not to impressed by Suitor's goatee; he looks too menacing for TV. Also very impressed with our backup kicker.
Our front seven on D looked absolutely dominant. Solid run stopping and pass rushing by Yurichuck and Bighill, and Bighill's quick six may have cost Sask's QB O'Sullivan his job. Great pocket push by Mitchell and Taylor and solid end play by Smith and Williams. The new-look secondary looks tough to beat. Can't wait to watch opposition QBs decide whether to throw to Bank's/Marsh's side or try to fit balls into the other side with Shell and Parker. Maybe they'll try to go up the middle against Larose. I thought all the second and third string defenders acquitted themselves very well, so Benevides and the coaches have some tough decisions ahead. my guess is that some of those players will find work on other CFL teams later this year.
I think the Riders have a long way to go to become competitive this year. Darian Durant got them to the Grey Cup two years ago by lacks the surrounding cast he has previously: Clermont, Cates, Fantuz, Koch to name a few. So teams will double, even triple cover Getzlaf and Dressler, his two remaining veteran receivers.
My advice to the Riders during away games to BC this season? Save the cost of the airfares and just mail us the two points!
Dooger in Surrey :cowboy: