Well ladies & gentlemen, in consideration of the poor performance last week combined with the crucial & critical nature of the game this upcoming Saturday in Guelph, I thought we’d all do our part & help the team with what we believe are the “Keys? to victory over Montreal.
My 2 Keys ... (So far … Think I’ll be adding a 3rd but need some help)
- Facial Hair, Focus & Fundamentals
- Dictate To Defeat The Blitz
My 1st Key is fairly obvious. From what I can tell, and I admit that I don’t have scientific proof, but the TiCats have won when Coach Austin is sporting a good 5 day or more growth of stubble! So, to me, it’s absolutely logical, rational & more importantly IMPERATIVE that Coach Austin STOPS SHAVING RIGHT NOW!
I’m doing my part inversely. I’ve washed my TiCats coffee mug that had gone unwashed through the back-to-back wins versus Toronto. Same with the T-Shirt & Jacket & Hat. I shall scrub, shower & shave & all evidence & experience of last weekend’s embarrassment & start anew. Then I shall go unshaven & such through the remaining 5 games for the 2
Second part of this is Focus & Fundamentals. Obviously, the team lacked focus last weekend. I’m not going to pontificate elaborately on this matter since I fully expect the team to play with focus, fortitude & ferocity. I’m also sure that fundamentals will have been stressed during this week’s preparation. Blocking. Tackling. Assignments. Winning your one-on-one battles. Focus & Fundamentals have to be on point this weekend against an experienced & now hungry Alouettes' team. Without a markedly improved effort, no game plan or strategy will succeed. I'm expecting the fellas to "Man Up" & play with professional pride & passion after being thoroughly man-handled last Sunday.
My 2nd Key is Dictating To Defeat The Blitz.
In my mind, the key for Hamilton in defeating Montreal’s Blitz is to move the pocket/launch point & dictate offensively rather than react to Montreal’s pressure packages. They must get Henry on the roll. Too often Henry is 5-7 yards behind centre & thus a sitting duck/stationary target for the Als’ pass rushing DE’s & blitzers.
Roll Henry out. 5-7-9 step designed roll-out packages. Oline slide blocks. RB fills gaps. Overload one side of the formation with 3 receivers running triangle tree routes that overload the zone(s). 1 vertical stretch route. 1 snag/stick sideline route. 1 drag/sit route. All to the area that Henry is rolling towards. All right in his view. Hit the deep. Hit the sideline. Hit the drag/sit. Or keep running to the sideline.
This will get Henry in a rhythm. Give him at least 3 or more easy reads. Instead of him having his head on a swivel looking for an open receiver with the rush coming at him, get him moving & focused on one side with multiple options. When Montreal adjusts, the backside seam route will open up. You can run shovels to the RB or short dumps over top of the defensive player who comes up to contain Henry’s roll.
Once again, Montreal was just pinning back their ears with Henry in the standard pro-set shotgun formation. They were rushing & blitzing to a spot … To a target.
To me it’s simple … MOVE THE SPOT … MOVE THE TARGET!
Overall offensively … The TiCats need to dictate & get on the move & make Montreal react! Traps & pulls on counter running plays. Roll-outs. Bootlegs. Stretch the field horizontally as well as vertically & get the Al’s experienced DB’s & LB’s & DL’s on the run chasing rather than attacking!
Those are my “Keys To Beating Montreal? thus far …
What are yours?