Last night's game brought into focus the one major concern I have for this team and that is a complete lack of a running game.
I know Tommy Condell's offense is pass first, second and third and then the very poorly disguised running play possibly next. I also realize that our best back was hurt but then again so were Montreal's.
The way that Montreal was able to control the field and the clock with many different running plays was one of the major reasons why we lost. With a slow start we never had the time to recover. Marsh only had to manage the game with short to medium gains on the run and then the odd pass. I sure wish we were able to do that...
The balance in the game plan is astonishingly different with Gable in and out of the lineup. We must be able to come up with a game plan that can utilize other players speed and then use those plays in a balanced running attack that is not so obvious. I'm sure most fans saw the sweeps to Sinkfield and Banks before the snap. There was also a complete lack of runs up the gut.
I am hoping to a return of balance with C.J. back in the mix but I would really love to see that with our current roster. Waiting until personnel are healthy will take away from our chances to win in the near term.
I must also give credit to the Montreal front seven - they played a solid game.