It is difficult to find reasons for the both teams who , beat the other at home and then both solidly lost their away games. Just as Calgary whipped the Als, today the Als did so against Calgary. Lets , however, take the win and hope our team has resolved their problems. Richardson had a great day along with Bratton, Green and Cahoon. Richardson has become the guy to go to on second down and, leads the team in that role. Richardson is a slow starter but comes up big near the last portion of the season- he is now a 100 yard receiver. I do hope that T Watkins is able to return to duty but, Bratton, who lacks TW's speed, was a capable replacement. I have been observing Luc Brodeur Jordain for the past two games and, I am beginning to believe he has locked up the center position. He graduated from Laval and in 08 was picked by the team's 6th draw. He went back to Laval for a fifth year and made the team's first string tackle position in 09- their Grey Cup year. During his 5th year at Laval, he spent some time at center and, was given the position when Lambert went down. He has made a positive shift to center and his play is extremely good. He gets the ball to AC with precision and, stands his ground in the post snap position.Today I noticed him helping the defense on the outside. B-J impressed me last year and, he is now THE center for the team. He is a young man and, still is a work in progress. He will only get better with experience. in addition, he was successful in his only try at receiver.
We are set at corner as Dix continues to show development and, Estelle, who is very fast, handles the other corner with precision. We don't need to pull a Matthews this year and acquire new corners. These two have what it takes. On special teams I have noticed that Mike Giffin pulls his weight. He is , at times, on opposing kick returns, the first down the field. Kerry Carter is also strong on special teams. Colt Davis showed us that he is a good sub for Duval re field goals going 6 for 6. He punted a gem in today's game by putting a kick exactly into the coffin corner. There has been general concern re Duval's work this year so, he might be looking over his shoulder at present. Anwar Stewert had his finest game of the year with two QB sacks and, a pass knock down. He and Bowman are doing the required work.
THe defensive backs were not called much today for pass interference. Some thought that the refs were focused too much on the Montreal team. However I did not have that perception and, today the team did not get too many PI calls. Calgary have immense receivers and, by and large, the smaller defensive backs were able to hold their own. Cox leads the team in tackles. I would like the defensive backs to play close and tough and, this means exposing themselves to the odd PI call. Today, I believe they had more disclipine than in recent games.
On the negative side, I still wonder about that long throw to the sideline and, don't see succes with that play. Other posting reveals Alouette problems in the red zone- 6 field goals would indicate this as an issue. Calvillo played up to his usual par performance but, I regretted that McPherson was limited to a couple of plays at the end of the game. The kick return portion of the offense is lacking. This problem will diminish when Karry Taylor returns. As noted earlier, I have not the wisdom to analyze why these teams have been so poor and, so great in their two matches.