You know what really grinds my gears? Matt Dunigan’s commentary on CFL broadcasts. Clearly, he was a great player. This does not, however, make him a great commentator. Why networks continue to hire inarticulate former players with little insight into the game baffles me.
For example, take Thursday’s broadcast. During the halftime show Mr. Dunnigan made comments regarding how impressed he was with the stellar play of Hamilton’s defensive line. I am not sure how anyone can praise the play of Hamilton’s defensive line when the Tiger-Cats have the worst defence against the run in the entire CFL. Since a running play must pass the line of scrimmage to be successful, shouldn’t an impressive D-line be able to thwart a potential running play in the trenches? Does Mr. Dunigan think that opposition running backs teleport five yards beyond the line of scrimmage at the beginning of each play?
Another key quality that an impressive defensive line must possess is the ability to put pressure on its opponent’s quarterback. The Hamilton D-line has proven to be wholly inept in that regard as well. The defensive line has registered a paltry 4 QB sacks over four games. In fact, in two of those games the D-line was not able to make a single sack.
While it is true that this contingent of players does show great athleticism at times and will surely improve as they amass more experience throughout the season, I would like to know how a defensive line which cannot stop the run nor put pressure on a QB can be considered impressive?