What did we learn from this game, the BC defense looked good only because the offense was on the field most of the time. 485 yards against vs a struggling Saskatchewan offense. The defense is going to need to be more shutdown than that if they want to win any games in Rourke's absence.
Jake Maier and that Calgary offense must be licking their lips looking forward to the home and home series against BC. Calgary's O-line can block for their QB and Maier is going to pick that BC D apart like a surgeon.
As good as the rest of BC team is they will be in tough without that number one Canuck at the helm. Lions D is good enough to hang with cow Town but their O ain't gonna be good enough with the QB s they got now.
I also think the Stamps will be able to play 3rd stringers on D when thy play the riders and not have to worry at all...Our O line is a wet noodle.
How are you feeling about Fajardo going into the Labour Day / Banjo Bowl? He looked good most of this game and raked up some good numbers. That Hickson guy looks like a beast and getting Schaffer-Baker going will help. That one catch that he made was insane.
Do you think Fajardo is back or was this an anomaly? Or is it a case of wait and see?
Another BC QB. The hit on Rouke was perfectly legal. This is coming from a Bombers fan so you know I'd love to throw shade at the Riders. Are you suggesting that we fine players / coaches / teams for legal hits when the QB gets injured?
I have to agree with you. With O'Connor taken out of this game, injured by Sankey's illegal hit, the count is now 3 QBs taken out by the Riders. I can't remember ever seeing a team take out 3 QBs in one season and this season still isn't over. OK only 2 were by illegal hits but still the QB count stands for the Riders. I am not sure if fining the coaches or team exec will help. Maybe suspending the player for as long as the injured QB /or other player is out would be something to try.However it would have to be limited to illegal hits on the player that triggers the suspension.
Hard to gauge... the oline play is crucial, especially since Fajardo is slow with his reads and release. Maas finally started calling plays that moved the QB around, which helped a lot, but Fajardo was still in the turf 6 times. No quarterback would look good consistently when they are constantly getting crunched.
Interesting post-game comments from Campbell. Feels O’Connor’s injury wasn’t the result of a specific event, and believes it’s a hamstring/groin type of injury that worsened as the game progressed. The fact O’Conner continued to play effectively several series after Sankey’s hit would seemingly confirm this.
I don’t think there’s any question that Sankey’s hit was high, not low.
Actually I believe the TSN panel explained it as an illegal hit that was implemented just this year. It was more of a body slam type of hit with Sankey coming down hard on O'Connor with his full body weight crushing O'Connor on the ground. But in any case Sankey should receive supplemental punishment like a fine next week as any ruffing the Passer call does.
Yes post game comment by Campbell did seem to exonerate Sanky as the reason for O'Connors being sidelined. The TSN panel was wrong on their assumption.
I agree, by the rules that was RTP. But despite repeatedly reviewing the hit in both real-time and slo-mo, I honestly can’t decide whether it was dirty or not.
In the absence of a history of dirty play I prefer to give Sankey the benefit of doubt.
I think Sankey knew full well what he was doing and he had just received a memo which said not to do it. By rule it is a penalty whether the QB has the ball or not. So I wouldn’t personally give him the benefit of the doubt. It was one of those “accidentally on purpose” illegal hits like running into the goaltender in hockey, which any player will tell you isn’t accidental. Not in the category of a full Marino, but dangerous nonetheless.
It’s good that it doesn’t appear that Sankey’s hit caused O’Connor’s injury. He’ll be fined the price of a box of cracker jacks and we’ll move on. I just don’t like to see defenceless players targeted in that fashion and believe that we have lost enough QB’s to injury this year already.