I've been doing some thinking. Coming into this season I would have regarded Montreal to be the best team in the league without a quarterback, or at least a reliable stud QB.
Offensively, they still have a strong offensive line. I have considered Sutton over the past year and a half to be the most underrated back in the league. The receiving corps somewhat overhauled perhaps could use a little more speed but it is a veteran group of playmakers.
On ST they have added huge leg Bede, and Stephon Logan meaning that they are tough to beat on field position exchanges.
But 2 games in what has really hit me the most is that of all the strong defenses from last year (Calgary, Edmonton, Sask, BC, Montreal) the Alouettes are the only ones not struggling with the new no contact rules. They are the only one of last year's strong defenses that continuing to get pressure and keep points allowed down.
The new rules have caused a shift from man coverage to zone coverage, and with ALL of the previous few years' strong defenses built on aggressive man coverage, the new rules have leveled the playing field for all of the meh secondaries out there. But of all the strong aggressive defenses, Montreal's defense has suffered the least by far from the new rules.
Even with Crompton or Bridge at QB, it can be argued that QB aside, Montreal stacks up well against ANYBODY else in the league. For my money, Montreal's defense is ahead of EVERYBODY for sure.
Now throw Cato into the mix.
Now I am not fool enough to think that one game removes all doubt of his abilities, especially at such a young age and limited experience, but I also know that I saw a darn good QB the other night.
Suppose - just suppose - come end of July or August, Cato shows consistently that he in fact is the real deal ...
Could Montreal be the best team in the league?
I'm not saying they are, just suppose. Think about it. Discuss.