I am really not sold on our linebackers. Cox is a stud. The other three? Meh. Emry has been really hit and miss this year, Guzman has been invisible, and Ferri has been visible for all the wrong reasons. As a group, they aren't swarming to the football. As well, we're terrible against the run this season, and some of that has to fall on the linebackers, particularly the mike and will backers who have more run-stopping responsibilities than the sam backer.
I do agree that Dix is playing like a man transformed. Have absolutely no complaints with his performance so far at corner. As far as our secondary as unit? I might have agreed with you if we were healthy (Brown, Estelle, Parker/Dix, Anderson, Brouillette/Boulay). But Parker got beaten like a rented mule by the Argos of all teams, Estelle has forgotten how to tackle and is playing way too far off his receivers, and Anderson has been, shall we say, a mixed bag thus far.
To me, our secondary is good, but not great, and not good enough to compensate for the absence of a decent pass rush. If they were, we'd have more interceptions, plain and simple. Look at how Winnipeg's DBs took over yesterday's game against Edmonton with timely picks. Winnipeg's DBs climb the ladder to make interceptions on great plays. Our DBs drop picks thrown right into their numbers. Turnovers are so crucial to wins and losses. It's very rare for a team to win the turnover battle but lose the game.
The position is probably more "plug and play" than any other on the team
Agreed. Defensive tackle is the least system-sensitive starting position on the team IMO. Just line up inside and beat the holy hell out of the lineman in front of you, twists and stunts be damned. :D
And I'm crossing my fingers that Popp will find us that crucial element we need
If we're going to keep pace with the Bombers and TiCats
Funny...I just flashed back to last year when I was musing
About Hamilton's acquisition of Stevie Baggs
And Toronto's landing Ricky Foley
While the Alouettes have gone backwards since then
The competition...at least in this crucial area...certainly has not
Popp has to step up here. I think we can all agree on that.