With the 2023 regular season fading into the background the playoffs linger in front of us, with the Montreal Alouettes playing host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the second year in a row in the Eastern Semi-Final on Saturday.
This may not necessarily be a popular idea but if I were Jason Maas, I would activate Jose Maltos for the Eastern Semi-Final. Cote hasn’t fully regained his form after his injury and it’s not worth the risk in such an important game. Cote had a rough game last weekend and I think he may need longer to heal and recover. I have the utmost respect for David Cote’s kicking ability but I don’t think he’s ready yet. Maybe he will be for the Eastern Final.
Well…I certainly understand what you’re saying but if I were Coach Maas, I would have to make the decision based on what’s best for the team. Every player has to deal with injuries and, although it doesn’t happen very often to kickers, it’s more important that the best, at the moment, kicker is dressed and ready to deliver and…again, you are free to disagree with me…but I believe the Als, as a team, this coming weekend, will be better served by dressing Maltos and giving Cote a bit more time to heal and recover. It’s a tough call to make but that’s what coaches are paid to do.
The Hamilton Tiger Cats have had a sub-500 season in this 2023 season. They have yet to defeat the Als in 3 league games this year. Coach Steinhauer is lucky he is still coaching in the CFL. The Als will defeat the Cats in the East Semi-final on Nov. 4/2023. The Cats should part ways with the Head coach-BLM_Matt Shiltz immediately after their last game !