CVZ played like his age. If he wasn't game-ready, he should have been 1—gamed.
Dane and Shiltz were running for their lives.
Zero running game. Again, the O-line issue.
The team has THREE General Managers. Why the hell can't they seem to find a suitable Offensive lineman? They have outright FAILED in this for over two years. Maybe they allowed the wrong person to let go to Ottawa.
The team is a mess. I honestly don't know if it's fixable due to the malfeasance of the head office.
I feel bad for Saxelid, but he was fairly useless when he WAS playing. Fontana looked exactly as if he sat out of football for two years (wait a minute...)
I can only say all of these are/is precisely the issue(s)...
The running game is an issue only to the extent that Condell seems to have little or no interest in featuring it. I suspect that's simply a philosophical thing and it's something I do not agree with at all...
This O-Line issue seems to be the heart of the issues with this offence, in general. And this has been the issue for a long time that the front office seems to have no interest in fixing. Whether its poor technique, poor skills, bad scouting...It doesn't matter. The results are the same. Everyone is going to blame Evans and he just took all the blame for this loss on the 5th Quarter, but it's not...
Look...Good on him for admitting he threw some bad passes because he did...But, this is undoubtedly because of the pressure he was under because of the poor play by EVERYONE on that O-Line. From the Centre ( holding penalty took a TD off the board) to the Guards to the Tackles...None of them played well at all...
I replayed every Cat's offensive down in the third quarter. The most number of defenders successfully blocked on a play was two (actually it was two and a partial). On a several plays nobody and on most only one. I've never seen as pathetical an O-line in a long time. I'm sure we all saw that coming based on last year and our "amazing" attempts to correct it in the off season.
My initial concerns about the O-line were, essentially, their inexperience playing together. A new Centre (who hasn't played in two years), what was SUPPOSED to be a starting Guard/LT, an (unfortunately) ageing RT, and poor backups.
Why must this be an issue year after year?
Also, our longest-tenured receiver is a guy who has, unfortunately, spent more time on the trainer's table than on the field. The second-most tenured guy is Ungerer. Durant (who?) is 6-gamed. The guys we have are not yet good enough.
This is important because if you saw this, imagine what the coaches are going to be doing in film study either tomorrow or Monday morning at the stadium...The question is: Can this be improved on considering the skill level we are dealing with???
May I also add that our leading receiver stat wise from last year was nowhere to be seen this game . Yup, so much for calling him Kneeler , his new nickname after this game should be Casper as in ghost because he was virtually invisible all game .
The O-line was a huge issue last year. We haven't fixed it. Part of the problem, IMO...is Coach Gibson and the other half goes directly to Condell's total stubbornness to run the football. You can't have 10 runs from scrimmage and have a successful running game.
Kicking (tonight, not punting) continues to be an unsolved issue as well.