There is something going on behind the scenes with this team. If you watch them play, there is no emotion, no drive, they make bad plays and it looks like they don't care. I won't say they're playing to lose, but they're certainly not playing to win. They made John Avery look better than he is tonight with some very poor tackling. I don't think I've ever seen so many attempted arm tackles in a professional football game. The effort and the desire isn't there.
We may not be able to fully blame Matthews for the loss, but I wonder if the players are rebelling against him for something, like the Curry benching. Either way, it's up to the head coach to have his players ready to go from the opening kickoff, and tonight they weren't. If Ottawa wasn't enough of a wakeup call, then Winnipeg certainly should have been. They should have realized by now that you can't mail them in this year, you're going to have to earn them. Tonight's team looked like a team that wasn't willing to pay the price.
I won't say I'm worried, because the season is still young, and personally I wanted to see the Als drop a few early in the season so that they had to play at a high level later in the season to get their home playoff game. But the way the Als lost tonight, looking like they don't care, is very frustrating to watch as a fan. It's time for them to step up, and if Matthews can't make it happen, then some of the veterans are going to have to start kicking some butt.