Look for Hamilton to bring the heat lots. Very important to get yards on the 1st down plays and not be forced into second and long. O line and Rb’s will need to step up on picking up the extra defenders. Quick hitters, screens, draws, get the ball out quickly and let the receiver try to gain yards after the catch. Richardson, Messam, are good big bodies that can break a few tackles and could chew up some real estate. Throw in the odd deeper ball to keep the D honest. Smith and Dressler.
On the defensive side yes the D line must get in Collaros face all game and not allow him a comfort zone to find receivers. He can pick the D apart if given time. Austin is a pass first, pass second, and run third option coach. He has shown that time and time again over the years. Limit the success of the passing game and you stop their offense.
If this team is going to turn this around it has to start with this game. Edmonton next week and looks like a Qb controversy could be in the making. Good that Franklin got to play the better part of the second half as it gives some film on him. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get the start or if Nichols shows signs of struggling then Franklin will be in.
As I said it’s time to get the monkey off this teams back and go into a week where there isn’t as much controversy. A solid win here would certainly help in that, a loss though and things will just get worse and the pressure to make a change even greater.
This game could show whether the players want to have Cory as a coach or not. A poor showing or worse a blow out and it could be a sign that he has loss the room. Something fans and the media will not miss questioning I’m sure.