Hamilton's offence is average, ranked in the top four in most offensive categories, and far and away the league leaders in rushing.
And yet their defence is dead last in many defensive categories, and in the bottom half of the league in many others.
In the past we've always blamed our poor defensive performance on the offence. If the offence keeps going two-and-out, the defence eventually gets tired and starts to give up big plays. But this year that doesn't wash. Case in point: Toronto's opening drive, in which they reached the end zone in just a few plays. The Argos' offence is hardly the CFL's best, and yet they had little difficulty moving through a defence that could not have been experiencing any fatigue...unless standing for the national anthem is too draining for them.
So in spite of the fact that they are not overworked, as they have been in the past, they are still the worst defence in the country.
I don't mean to say that Bellefeuille is the best OC in Canada. I know there are better offensive co-ordinators out there somewhere -- likely all currently employed elsewhere -- who could help these Cats score more points. But if every touchdown scored is seen by the defence as a permit to stand around with their fingers up their bums, all that would mean is that we would lose higher-scoring games.