I think this is a classic over reaction to something we have heard about practice. This all makes sense, our NI DBs are in shambles right now due to injury therefor Cortez has to devise a plan to accommodate the ratio rule.
Obviously this could be a permanent move but still it was reported once and I have played football, injuries happen and then the entire depth chart will start to look out of whack.
To be honest, Knowlton was invisible most of last season (compared to his Defensive Player of the Year campaign). He clearly was not terrible but he was definitely the weak link out of our big 3.
I'm sick of people blaming Chamblin. People are acting like he tried to bring a new innovation to the CFL with this crazy out of this football world scheme that was doom to fail. Chamblin simply put in a man to man scheme where the responsibilities were to contain the QB and RB and force the QB to make bad decisions. Did it work well? Not really but it is not like he was starting 8 defensive linemen, 3 linebackers and 1 DB, it was a normal base defense.
I played in a defense JUST like this is high school as a D-End (This is for all the people who still have sour grapes about Baggs). I remember my coach telling me "your going to sit here, jam the tackle inside and wait for anything to pop outside". Up until this point I never heard of a D-End doing this, I thought it was useless. My first game i listened to my coach (even though I thought it was ridiculous) and jammed the tight end all game, didnt make many tackles. However my coach told me, when you see that QB in shotgun on second down, pin your ears back and go for it, so I did and I created a lot of pressure on the QB and forced bad throws. At the end of the game I didnt think I played that well, but then my coach told me I was our defensive player of the game. I was shocked. But then i realized, I did my job perfectly, i contained the edge and forced bad passes by pressuring the QB. My point of all this is, Baggs had a bad year because he didnt buy into the scheme, and when he did get to rush the passer (and believe me I watched this TOO many times) he tried his spin move which opposing tackles figured out by watching tape. Baggs played himself off the team because he didn't buy in 100% and that is id say the most key ingredient in a championship team, every man has to buy in 100% to what the coaches are saying.
A linebacker in this type of scheme should still make a bunch of plays because his d-lineman are clogging up the o-linemen so the backers can roam free.
I dont think Knowlton is done in Hamilton, just ratio issues and by the sounds of it we MIGHT have signed Boulay so maybe our ratio experiment will be over.