I’m disappointed we lost last night’s game. But I’m not panicking, and I’m not angry.
We did not play well, and certainly not consistently. We were lucky to be in the game to the end. Statistically, we should have been out of it much earlier. But we displayed some heart out there. This shows promise.
Our offence was not impressive, not very imaginative. We’ll have to do much better than this if we are to be competitive throughout the season. Ranek played well though. One thing I wonder about is the relative absence of DJ Flick from our offence so far this season. He’s a premier CFL receiver; I’d like to see him more involved. Quinnie looks like he has great potential. The game plan is a bit too conservative I feel. This needs to be improved upon.
Our defence was shaky. No doubt the personnel changes and the shifts to new positions, especially in the secondary, contributed to this. Coverage was not strong, with the exception of big plays like the Goss return and the Shaw almost-return. Cody played well I thought. The front seven were OK. I am concerned about our secondary; Calgary was able to move against us with relative ease for much of the game. We need to tighten this up considerably. I don’t know if the medicine required is time for the players to get used to their new assignments, or if we need some player upgrades.
Special teams were inconsistent too. Boreham was 2 of 3, that’s better than recently, but he missed an important one. I suspect Ruffin will get a chance before the season is out. Our punting was adequate, not better. Yeast was fine on returns. I think the heavy criticism of him on this site is not warranted. Quinnie was good here too, and with Holmes coming back, I think we’re in great shape there. Team discipline was much better than the last two games—not perfect, but better.
Calling for everyone’s head on a platter, as some people are doing, seems premature to me, a sort of knee-jerk reaction to a rough start. If we change our head coach, OC, and DC now, plus a lot of players, it will take weeks before new coaches have their systems in place. And it is by no means clear that improvement would result. I think we’re better to keep working at it with our current leadership, making incremental improvements steadily as we go. Many people said from the start that our offence will take time to come together as so may new players get used to one another. If that’s the case then we shouldn’t be surprised that we aren’t blowing teams out of the water at this stage. I don’t think the situation calls for a wholesale shake-up at all. We’re only one game out of a playoff spot. Toronto and Winnipeg have tough games this weekend. It’s an 18 game season. We have capable people here, and lots of work to do. I believe we will do it. The team has my support.