I know my post was supposed to be about LaPo using different player’s in certain situations, but i would like to point out a few things to begin with.
We had a great win against the ESKS last week, a blowout to be exact and then the Esks come back and beat the Lions and unless anything changes with the Esks and Lions before seasons end there will only be 2 West teams in the playoffs, CGY and SASK. I might remind you that the Ti-Cats have many problems as well, OC and QB are the 2 main ones, but i feel that the Cats are just not buying into MB’S philosophy anymore and there “could” be more problems in the dressing room than the fans and media know of. Hamilton is slipping fast and I believe that T.O is due to start stumbling very soon as well, i am not saying the Bombers are a better team, but we have the personal and player’s to make a charge for #2 and a playoff spot.
Without the early season injuries i strongly believe we could be 3-2 easily, we kept it close in CGY and Burris was on his game, so a 3 point loss is not bad but a win would’ve been better. We also should have beat the Argos a few weeks back, if that would of happened we could be 4-1, T.O played a better game and barely beat us, same goes for CGY.
Jyles played 2 solid games as a backup and i have confidence in his ability if we have to use him more this season, no offense to Jyles but we need Buck back a.s.a.p. Word is he wants to play in Hamilton this weekend, but honestly i cannot see him playing for at least another 1-2 weeks!
Our injuries since day 1 cost us at least one or two games in my opinion ---- January, Donnelly (2 starters) and Craver would make our team that much better, but this is football and injuries happen. Recently Marellus Bowman went down and i hope he returns fairly quick because i feel he is a good player. Armond Willis was on the PR and active roster, now he is on the IR, wow!! never seen too much of him though so no worries. Dorian Smith is a good player but a think when he returns he WILL not be starting with Hopkins playing the way he is.
I am happy with the steady improvement on defense and player’s like Kent, Brady Browne, Suber and Stewart are showing signs of improvement every game, the defense will gel and be pretty good sooner than later. We also added Merrill Johnson to our active roster and will be on ST for awhile but this guy has promise at LB as well.
For the life of me i still do not understand why LaPo is not playing Bernard in the backfield, even to give Reid a rest, Reid is a great back but having a good player like Bernard on the bench is really confusing and frustrating, LaPo used a 2 back system in Sask and he should do the same here to keep the opponents on there toes.
I think Jovon Johnson is one of the most exciting returners in the league, but i also don’t like seeing him as a returner and i cringe everytime he takes the ball, we can’t lose a good CB like Johnson to injury. We have Davis, Howell, Bernard who are all capable of returning kicks.
I also noticed we put Donald Brown on the PR, thank god, his defensive play was horrible and i think he is a ST player at best.
I would also like to get a look at Beasley (who can also return kicks) sometime soon!!