An overall poor showing from the entire Cats team. Not the end of the world, just a bad game on a weird night. Three things:
HIT AND WRAP! HIT AND WRAP! HIT AND WRAP! Tackling 101;
When the D-line knows you don't run the ball, they step up the pass rush/blitz scheme. Even down 21-0 there was still time in the game to establish the run. To me, the past few games the threat of the run was legit and it changed the reactions of the Defences. This game?.?.?.?
With the exception of a few players, the entire Cats D looked like they were just going through the motions. Rico Murray showed up and Ted Laurant played well (subject to #1 above). Dominique Ellis did not look good. Still injured and back too soon? I was surprised to see Emanuel Davis get routinely burned and be out of position. Clearly an off night for him because he is usually solid. Where was Chick? Where was Tracey?
This team is mediocre at best and usually only shows up for half a game or less. Why is this team always around the 500 mark on wins and losses. Why do players we had play so well for other teams. Something is seriously wrong.
Question for you Cats fans: how did ex-Al Dominique Ellis fare at DHB? My impression of him, after two years with Montreal, was that he was a solid ST body but average at best as a starter in the secondary. Did he have a good night? Or did he get beaten in coverage a lot?
I didn't pay particularly close attention to him but he seemed to play fine all things considered, don't remember saying "what the hell Ellis" unlike some other DBs last night. Murray got burnt for the first TD and Davis got burnt on the second one, usually best if a fan doesn't remember a DB after a game unless he got an INT.
I think he will be slotted back behind Sears Jr. when he is healthy which by the sounds of it will be sooner rather than later. Glad to have some experienced depth on the team though.
The Defence played like rank amateurs. That being said, Nichols got the ball out of his hands within 2 (never mind 3) seconds - you can't get pressure on a QB if the ball is in the air after two steamboats. This is exactly the same thing that they did at THF and, to a certain extent, BC did as well. Tackling has been an issue all season - they need to focus on the fundamentals, but I don't think they actually have TIME to do so in the limited practice time.
There are always going to be a game or two like this every season. Best to learn from them and get it out of their system.
Cats never seem put it together until Labour Day.
Some seasons they never do.
I'm more worried about the new and improved D&P.
Loathed the guy from past battles, mucho respect for his football knowledge.
We should trade for him!
slimjim & seymour for D&P and Johnny TigerCatFan.
If Noah was planning on building his Ark again it would be in Winnipeg, the only city in the world that gets hit with Biblical lightening strikes that delay football games, floods, earth quakes, high winds, snow 11 months out of the year, black fly's and mosquito infestations..it goes on and on!!
I wonder why they ever built an open air stadium at Investors Group field they should built a domed Ark and have been safe and done with it!!
So we won the coin toss two and a half hours before the game. That was the only part I listened to live, and it seemed a peculiar way to not start a game. Maybe we should not have deferred? Let's burn that deferral.
I take pride that the tornado warning in Winnipeg exceeded any of the storms in my Guelph Alumni stadium. Too bad there were no ESPN weather highlights from the rain delay in Winnipeg. Remember the field goal attempt that blew back in Guelph? At least there was no real Ark needed in the Peg. .
I was at that eastern semi final. Strangest weather I have EVER encountered at a home game. Rain, then snow, then rain, then even more snow. Wild wind. It was so strong that it blew any precipitation side ways.
Where I was sitting could not get a great view of that field goal. Later that night, to see it on the highlights, was just weird. Like there was a force field in front of the uprights.