En attendant la saison 2011

Considérant l'amplitude de la dérive (appréciée) des commentaires sur le sujet "Chad Owens", peut-être devrions-nous discuter de ce que ce sujet est devenu sur une page qui y est consacrée.

Je vous laisse donc poursuivre la discussion sur les enjeux anticipés des Alouettes sur ce sujet fourre-tout qui aura l'avantage de ne pas s'éloigner du sujet, puisqu'il n'y en a pas.

J'aborde donc la succession de Calvillo. Je suis d'accord avec ceux qui croient que Calvillo se retirera en 2011 s'il gagne une autre Coupe Grey. Il se serait alors retiré dans la gloire et aurait fait le plein d'une carrière admirable.

L'autre option serait qu'il soit là pour la saison 2012, mais qu'il soit le quart #2 pour passer le flambeau à McPherson tout en restant "en réserve pour la République". Il se retirerait pour 2013, histoire de permettre aux Alouettes de protéger McPherson lors du repêchage d'expansion.

Another option would be to go for a fourth.

One of the most exciting things about this upcoming season, apart from the likelihood that Anthony will break Damon Allen's passing yards record, is the changing stature of our team. Put simply, Trestman seems intent on getting bigger at certain positions -- Anderson on the corner, Rodriguez at wideout. With S.J. Green sliding into Cahoon's spot on a full-time basis, we're looking more and more like a team that will be a load to play against on either side of the ball. Getting big-on-small matchups, to me, is part of what drives our modified West Coast offense; rather than all-out burners, we depend on big, strong bodies who can create separation in traffic (on offense) or win physical battles with similarly built enemy receivers (on defense). If Anthony is back at 100% and we're able to effectively replace Cobourne in the backfield, watch out. Those predicting our imminent demise may be in for a shock. :cowboy:

DT Jervonte Jackson looks like a really promising prospect as well.

10 Wide receivers fighting for one spot… That will be a hell of a battle.

Pat Mcdonald as a long snapper is also an improvment.

Leaves our kicking game but I have a feeling its already taken care of.

It's going to be a difficult transition should Calvillo retire after this season.
There's no doubt any more that reaching that all-time record will be a prominent goal.
This leaves it pretty unlikely that McPherson will get anything more than token appearances in a few games.
Should Calvillo reach his pinnacle and announce his retirement...the Alouettes will be left with a talented but relatively inexperienced quarterback in McPherson.

There are a couple of scenarios I can imagine that could change this prospect:

  1. Calvillo might reach the record sooner than expected...leaving McPherson an opportunity to "platoon" his
    way into the lineup, as did AC himself with Tracy ham.
  2. For whatever reason, the Alouettes may (shudder) stall completely on offence...and change will start to be more and more necessary.

Ideally...AC will reach the record/s and stick around for another year (or more), spelling the young McPherson when he needs his help and experience. It certainly would prove Calvillo's devotion to the team and assure a smooth succession.

Personally...I can't imagine a better 1-2 punch at quarterback...and drool at the prospect.

A pretty good look at where Calvillo is all-time:

[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gridiron_football_quarterbacks_with_the_most_passing_yards]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gr ... sing_yards[/url]

I would love to observe Calvillo break Damen Allen's passing record and get his stature firmly into the record book and, I trust that he will be able able to remain healthy. He will certainlly be Trestman's man this year in the coaches drive for another Grey Cup. I believe the ESKS own the record of 5 straight Grey Cup wins- past records are always topped by some new kid on the block.If there ever was one man to be the architect of a new record, Trestman would be that person. As for McPherson, he could be ready for emergence into elite status and I hope he gets enough opportunity so to do. All that is required now is a K/P replacement ( which we will hopefuly get in the upcoming draft- there are 3 CIS players available) and an adequate replacement for Cobourne. Go Als Go!

Je crois que la décision de faire pousser nos demis défensifs vient du fait que les équipes ont tendance à faire pousser leurs receveurs. Mais je crois qu'au football canadien, il faut se méfier des gabarits préconçus, comme le fait la NFL. Des gars comme Cahoon, Dressler, Mann, Stamps et Bruce (il faut quand même le reconnaître) ont montré qu'il n'y a pas que la taille qui fasse la qualité d'un receveur. Ceux qui ont vu Larry Highbaugh à l'oeuvre peuvent également en témoigner. Mark Estelle demeure un pillier malgré qu'il se frotte à des gars beaucoup plus grands et plus gros que lui.

L'étendue du terrain de la LCF fait que la finesse ou la vitesse peuvent parfois être plus efficaces que la seule grandeur.

AC likes big targets, he has said so himself. It makes a lot of sense in his case because his whole schtick is based on getting the ball out quickly so having tall guys makes it easyer for him to spot and get the ball out quickly. On the defensive side of the ball we are adjusting to what the other teams are doing. There is a trend to go to bigger guys. The Tiger Cats have stated they want to get bigger at the receiver position. Winnipeg has big receivers already and if you look at all the top guys in the draft they aree all 6,2" or taller.

You still have room for a Watkins or a Dressler but there is a definite trend to taller receivers in the CFL right now and bigger running backs. all teams are looking for bigger RB. So it makes sense to have a a bigger, gnarlier more physical defense. If you look at Calgary last year that was the difference between them and Saskatchewan. Calgary was better coached and had the better talent and record but Saskatchewan won the physical battles.

Just a gut feeling, but I think that if we're able to incorporate Rodriguez into our offense, you may see one of Bratton and Watkins on the outside looking in next season. Bratton is a serviceable fourth receiver but can't seem to break out of being a utility guy. Watkins is a talent but never seems to bring his best in the Grey Cup game, and he's expensive to boot. Give Trestman and Milanovich a year for the offense to adjust to Cahoon's retirement and we may see further changes to the receiving corps in 2012.

Trestman a déjà dit qu'il considérait Watkins comme un des receveurs les plus intelligents de la ligue.

Watkins semble peut-être plus effacé dans les partie ultimes, mais il donne un sacré coup de main pour s'y rendre!

Et pourtant, dans le fabuleux retour de la Coupe Grey 2009, Watkins a contribué à placer les Alouettes à 43 verges des buts. Ce n'était pas un jeu spectaculaire, mais c'était un très gros jeu.

Je crois que Bratton va rester pour les jeux renversés qu'il réussit si bien et pourrait surprendre comme demi inséré en arrière de Richardson ou Green. Il a de très bonnes mains et court ses tracés avec intelligence.

Rodriguez pourrait contribuer à augmenter le nombre de grosses cibles sur le terrain pour les Alouettes, mais Rodriguez doit raffiner sa façon de courir ses tracés et avoir de meilleures mains qu'en 2010. Son poste n'est pas acquis.

Two very big ifs.
Here's hoping they make it work.

Avec tout le respect que je vous dois, je ne vois pas cette affirmation comme des conjectures. C’est certain que si on veut se faire des scénarios, on peut en faire pour toutes les équipes. Mais actuellement, Calvillo est bien et nous avons une très belle palette de candidats pour prendre la relève de Cobourne. Jusque là, ce ne sont pas des “si”.

Les autres équipes ne sont pas non plus à l’abri de tragédies.

Que feront les Blue Bombers sans Jyles LORSQUE Pierce se fera sortir pour la saison? Elliott est-il vraiment prêt à perndre l’équipe en charge?

Vers qui les Lions se tourneront-ils si Lulay ET Jackson sont hors-jeu? Seront-ils aussi bons qu’en fin de saison 2010 sans Yonus Davis?

Est-ce que les Stampeders pourront demeurer aussi compétitifs avec la perte d’Anderson, Browner, Archibald, George et Lysack? Est-ce que Tate pourrait efficacement remplacer Burris si ce dernier se fait sortir du jeu pour quelques parties?

Comment les Roughriders vont-ils réagir sous les ordres de Marshall? Dinwiddie pourrait-il avoir autant d’efficacité que Durant?

Que vaudraient les Timinous sans Glenn? Sauront-ils se remettre des pertes de Barker, Tisdale, Floyd, Ramsay et Hudson?

Et les Argonauts ne sont-ils pas en situation de catastrophe avant même de commencer la saison?

Sincèrement, les “si” me semblent plus du côté de ce genre de considérations que du côté qui veut que notre équipe chérie va ouvrir la saison avec des éléments très intéressants.

I've corresponded with Kerry a few times since 2007, he's always replied and positive. I dont think he gets the credit he deserves sometimes because of the talent of our offense. If he had played in BC or Winnipeg he'd have led the league in yards and catches. He's right up there with Geroy and he takes care of himself and I hope he retires an Alouette.

The other wideout is wide open. I think we will see Porter and Rodrigues as front runners but there will be 10 guys fighting for that position !

Porter has more experience is a better route runner and has been coached by the best. I think he has a leg up. Rodrigues is a great athlete and can has great reached but he needs work, Bellefeuille likely didn't teach him much and for reasons I will keep to myself he didn't fit in Saskatchewan's "Canadian Air Force" :roll: But he will have to put the work in, he's young but I think he's a project with tons of potential but he's need to put the sweat equity in and would make a fine fifth receiver as he learns his craft properly.

Als have signed another defensive end: http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/ ... 03311.html

Voilà qui réduit les chances que les Alouettes repêchent Turner en 1ère ronde.

Sean Whyte semble un grand amateur de smoked meat devant l'éternel.

Espérons qu'il apprendra à bien manger chez nous : ce ne sont pas les places qui manquent pour ça!

Il semblerait que le poste de partant lui sera confié. J'imagine que Colt David sera toujours quelque part où il peut être rejoint, en attendant que McKnight termine ses études.

Au sujet de McKnight, il est éligible pour le repêchage de la NFL de 2012. Il pourrait donc très bien ne jamais aboutir à Montréal. Au moins, il n'avait pas l'air malheureux d'être repêché à l'autre bout du spectre de la LCF.

The way I see it, Whyte at kicker can't be considered one of the 7 minimum NI spots on the roster, because if he gets injured, we don't have another Canadian to replace him. So in the end, I really doubt we'll use an import at safety, especially given that we have an import (Green) taking a retired NI's spot on the roster (Cahoon). Right now we have:

Bourke, Perrett, Flory, Woodruff, LBJ, Carter, Emry, Boulay, and presumably Whyte. That's 9 NI starters (not sure if Bekasiak would count). To me 9 is a nice number because it gives us some ratio flexibility in case injury strikes.

Non seulement ça, mais l'équipe a des substituts canadiens à pratiquement toutes les positions, sauf le botteur. Le poste de maraudeur sera à Boulay, avec Crawford comme substitut. Je vois plus Brouillette comme substitut d'Emry que substitut de Boulay.

Whyte has tweeted that he ha signed his contract, no mention how long. hehad been in his option year.

But in his CJAD interview this morning he said he never made it to Schwartz`s. Life can be tough sometimes!