Since it's become obvious that the TiCat coaching staff & management frequently peruse this forum in order to come up with their game plan & help in making personnel decisions ... :lol: ... And seeing that they will be returning from their off week, I thought I'd start a thread with what I/we think are the keys to ensure victory over the Blue Bombers the next two contests!
To begin ... Let's look at the defensive side of the ball for the TiCats.
Defense ... #1 Key Takeaway ... Make Goltz beat you with his arm!
After watching the newly crowned starter play the last couple games for the Blue & Gold, it appears to me that at this point in his career, he's a little jittery and jumpy in the pocket and is at his best when he's rolling out and running. With that said, I think the key is to pin Mr. Goltz and keep him in the pocket.
Assignment discipline is the key here. DT's have to stay in their gaps & provide a solid push right up the middle into Justin's face. DE's have to contain. They can't get caught letting him leak or escape outside of the pocket with speed-edge rushes. Containment is the key here. Make him stay in the pocket and beat you with his arm & not his legs. I would rather take containment & hurries/pressures rather than outright sacks in this game.
An extension of this is also to keep Chad Simpson in check. Again, assignment discipline. Inside stunts by Bulcke & Davis may not be advisable as they can be exploited by a good running back that possess good vision and cutback ability. Again, containment by the DE's. Turn #5 back inside towards pursuit.
I would use a "spy" on both Goltz & Simpson. That would have the 2 of the 3 LB's mirroring the QB & RB's movement & virtually playing a match man up. (Thinking JJ & Bussey) Take away Goltz's dump off or at the very least, limit yards after catch of Simpson when he does go to his release valve.
As far as coverage, I think a 2 deep zone or Cover 2 is best suited. This will make the receivers have to adjust their routes to find the open spots and make the young quarterback go through his progressions to find an open receiver in an open zone. That's a lot to do for a young quarterback with more athletic skill than experience & poise at this point in his career. It also allows for turnovers as the inexperienced quarterback will undoubtedly not see the defender underneath or overtop the route at some point and hopefully result in an interception. The Bomber receivers don't like contact. Some early hits by the defensive half backs & safety will significantly alter Winnipeg's receiving corp.
[b]Summary - Keys For Defense
Assignment Discipline - Dline stay in gaps & contain - LB's stay clean & make plays - Cover 2 zone in the secondary.[/b]
Next we'll take a look at the offensive side of the ball.