Zack the Knife was injured and motion-restricted, lest we forget! The 2nd half of the Grey Cup was perhaps his worst 2 quarters (last quarter for sure) of football in a Bomber uniform. His last drive which resulted in Leggio’s muffed field goal attempt was hard to watch; but it was a compendium of errors between Zack, OC Buckingham Pierce & head boss O’Shea. Too bad a dynasty had to be stifled on that bad combination of Zack’s injury-riddled body, Pierce’s hubris & O’Shea’s inability to right the wrongs.
Bomber D and their defensive coordinator had zero answers for Chad Kelly once they knocked Bethel-Thompson out of the game.
I read a report on 3DN that indicates that while his injury is not completely yet, but they do expect him to make a complete recovery. I wonder if their injury list is a little too long just now, or maybe the decision might be based on cap issues.
Thats good , his brother nick liked my message the other day where i said hope noah has a full recovery . I met both brothers last fall after a game and i streamed some of mcmaster football games Noah played in during 2019 .
Our lack of intel on Chad Kelly was likely somewhat responsible for our inept response to whatever he was tasked to do to us at that point in the game. It could be that once MacBeth had been ‘knocked out’ we erroneously adopted a ‘mission accomplished’ attitude.
Either that or we just plain sucked.
I think everyone agrees that we could’ve done better.
In defense of Winnipeg star MLB could barely walk, let alone run. Bomber’s interior d-line was pushed around like small schoolboys, they didn’t have any oomph whatsoever. While Bighill was a gamer, even totally gassed it was just too many players on the Bomber D who couldn’t answer the call vs. the 1-man wrecking crew Chad Kelly. Mike O’Shea & Richie Hall could have doubled their football brain cells in that last quarter - but the sad fact remains - their troops were totally gassed.
It sure looked that way. Speaking of ‘totally gassed’… did you see how our field goal kicker missed those ‘totally makable’ kicks? He makes either one of those gimme’s and we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
FG kicking is one aspect of our game that’s going to get a whole lot more consistent during pressure situations this season.
FG kicking should get a complete makeover, including some better blocking on overload situations. Biggest problem in the makeover is that O’Shea tends to adopt flawed men in certain situations, ignoring common sense and putting games (and championships) in peril. One of those men is obviously Marc Leggio. Sergio will have to be at least 10% better than Leggio in camp and pre-season before O’Shea jettisons his low percentage kicking orphan.
Of course, O’Shea can be talked off the ledge because Leggio is almost certain to be installed as bomber punter & kickoff specialist to ease the pain of leaving O’Shea’s Orphanage. Leggio will also be the backup FG kicker should Castillo bust a gasket.
Castillo (American) and Legghio (Canadian) are the only ones that kick and punt. There is one new dedicated field goal kicker (American) and two new dedicated punters (Globals) still in camp, but no full on replacements for both positions.
The competition is going to go down to the wire as all 3 newcomers have impressed. Although it’s not the best to have to use two roster spots, go with the best athlete for the positions. If they’re all competent in camp and into the preseason, nationality may be a determining factor as well, fortunately or unfortunately.
The defensive formation has been restricted on kick plays.
The number of players within two yards of the line of scrimmage on either side of the long snapper has been restricted to a maximum of six players at the snap.
This restriction does not apply if the offence lines up in an unbalanced line or if an offensive player moves or motions from their initial position.
This restriction only applies to field goal and kicked convert attempts.
This change is in the spirit of player safety to avoid grossly overloading the defensive line on one side of the long snapper.
As for a complete field goal kicking makeover, we’ll see it begin to play out next Saturday in Edmonton. Being that they are on the road, does that make a difference on who or how many they dress? Who will the holder be? I believe the only given is that Mike Benson is the long snapper or does he have any competition in camp?
Wilson still injured…Hope he can come back at a high level, but his future with the club could be in danger. We need one of these rookies to step up and make a statement. That Wade LBer seems to be getting some high reviews.