Defense (secondary) Looking promising

Good piece by Miguel about the secondary. I wish that guy wrote more about the Als. By far the most knowledgeable football reporter in Montreal.

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J'ai lu ce matin.

Lorsque Bujold a le droit d'écrire sur les Alouettes, il fait un travail très honnête.

J'ai été surpris d'apprendre que certaines équipes s'intéressaient à Gainey alors qu'il n'a pratiquement pas eu de temps de jeu jusqu'à maintenant.

Williams et Brown sont blessés, ce qui ouvre la voie à Gainey. La tertiaire se compose donc provisoirement de Gainey, Byron Parker, Billy Parker, Geoff Tisdale et Mike Edem.

Edem n'est pas satisfait de sa progression, attitude qui n'est pas sans plaire. Cela témoigne de ce dont le gars se sent capable, de sa confiance à pouvoir y arriver, et de sa conscience des efforts à mettre pour y parvenir. Bujold l'a trouvé sévère envers lui-même, mais j'aime mieux un joueur qui cherche toujours à améliorer quelque chose qu'un gars qui se sent trop aisément satisfait de son rendement.

Dans un autre ordre d'idées, Geoff Tisdale s'est étonné de voir la rapidité avec laquelle la chimie s'est installée au sein de la tertiaire. Le fait d'avoir plusieurs vétérans dans l'unité a aidé, mais de voir un vétéran s'emballer de la rapidité avec laquelle se développe la cohésion de l'unité est encourageant.

En supposant que les observations de Bujold au sujet d'Edem et Gainey soit exacte, avec Brow et Williams éventuellement de retour dans les parages, il semble que les Alouettes gagnent en profondeur dans la tertiaire, ce qui répond à certaines interrogations que j'entretenais à ce sujet.

Great piece, thanks for posting. I'm glad to see my earlier hunch that Gainey would be a candidate to take Brown's job is being validated, at least so far. The thing everyone forgot about Gainey last season was his age: he's only 23. Still very young. If we can groom him, he (and Edem) will inject a nice dose of youth into our secondary, which is getting long in the tooth. With a starting five of Gainey, Tisdale, Edem, and the Parkers, and Brown and Williams as depth, we should be in very good shape to start the season.

Probablement le caca a Dwight Anderson qui l'a recommande a son chum Chamblin.

Et on s'ennuira pas de Ocaca non plus.

Can I just say that the best part of our defense this year will be the absence of one Wopamo Osaisai??? :smiley:

Absolutely the worst player to play defense for this team since 97.

Yuuup. Cannot remember ever seeing a DB that consistently bad. I'd venture to say he's one of the worst DBs I've ever seen in this league.

The secondary looks promising to Tisdale, what else does he tell an interviewer, but I`m afraid I will remain skeptical until shown otherwise. It still remains my biggest concern going into the season.

Gainey (as short side DB covering opponent`s toughest receiver) and Edem are still rookies, promising as they may be. And there are all the position changes from last season.

Will love to be proven wrong and if I am it will probably be well into the season.

There will be growing pains, no question but we have to live with those and hope they build on that experience over the season. The nice thing is there are experienced backups in Brouillette, Brown.

Avec le résultat de la saison dernière, particulièrement dans la tertiaire, je ne vois pas d'un mauvais oeil autant de mouvement dans l'arrière de la défensive.

L'équipe ne manque pas d'options pour pallier l'inexpérience d'Edem si elle lui fait mal. Hebert, Townsend et Brouillette sont toujours au sein de l'équipe.

Et quand à Gainey, Brown et Williams reviendront bien un moment donné également.

Maybe Osaisai went up to Trestman and asked like Rudy did. Trestman was maybe hoping for a Rudy finish. Rudy! Rudy.

For sure there will be growing pains, but any improvement on the travesty of 2012 will be big, and I seriously don't see how our D can do worse than they did under Reinebold.

Gainey won't face the toughest receiver; that will fall to Billy Parker as the weak-side half or Byron Parker as the weak-side corner.

C'est tout de même surprenant. Geoff Tisdale (demi de coin du côté court), Byron Parker (demi de coin du côté large) et Mike Edem (maraudeur) n'étaient même pas avec l'équipe l'année dernière. Ed Gainey (demi défensif du côté court) était un réserviste, et Billy Parker (demi défensif du côté large) occupait une autre position.

Not according to this:

The position Harris plays now is called a boundary cornerback, meaning he plays the short side of the field, where one receiver lines up. Harris considers it an honor.

“If you look at every team at every different school, the NFL, their top corner plays boundary,? Harris said.

Why?

“Most of the time, a lot of run plays come that way, and the top receiver is always going to be in the boundary,? Harris said. “Like last year, (Dezmon) Briscoe was in the boundary all the time. Everybody’s top receiver is going to be in the boundary.?

NFL is a different animal altogether.

Well then you are saying Eric is our top receiver as he usually lines up at the wide side. :smiley:

NO :lol: CFL the guys who get the most balls are your slot receivers on the smaller NFL field the Wide Receivers see more action.

I'm not disputing this, only saying that the better slot receiver is usually lined up on the short side closest to the QB. And that's where Tisdale will be.

Sorry meant Gainey not Tisdale covering the slot receiver.

This doesn't quite make sense to me, sheldon. The short side of the field is merely the side closest to the boundary; as I understand it, it has nothing to do with proximity to the QB. It depends on where the ball is spotted -- near right hash or left hash. If the short side is left, it's actually more difficult for most (right-handed) QBs to throw to that side across the formation.

In the NFL, the top receiver lines up short side at the Z position because Z gets a cushion at the line to help with jams and such (unlike his X receiver counterpart). He's typically isolated there because NFL teams don't normally use slot or flexbone formations except in specific situations. In the CFL, the slot receiver can line up on the short side or wide side depending on formation and play; the 'waggle' means he's not restricted to a particular spot/position as the Z receiver is in NFL football. In the CFL, the waggle is a significant advantage and a reason to play your best receivers inside, whether at boundary or field.

A distinction should also be made between short side / wide side, which indicates proximity to the boundary and nothing more in my understanding, and strong side / weak side, which indicates the side of the field with the most players on it (typically indicated by where the tight end, H-back, or 5th receiver lines up, though teams can also use balanced formations without a strong or weak side as such). The strong side of the field, in a given play, could also be the wide side of the field, though usually teams will make the strong side the short side to accommodate right-handed QBs.