All right still hurting after that epic self implosion by the team last night but not much sense continuing to dwell on it so now what needs to be fixed/changed so it isn't likly to happen again.
Joesph has given this team some hope and in the first half looked really good but its pretty obvious that his age/ conditioning is a factor to expect him to perform at the same level for 60 minutes. If and yes it is a big if Durant is 100% and only if he is 100% healed by the time we play the Eskimos I think they should use KJ for the first half if he is having success, and then start Durant in the second and if he is looking all right play the 3rd quarter and maybe go back to KJ in the 4th. This will allow KJ time to regain some energy and refocus. I think it would give defenses a change of styles and keep them guessing. This formula may even be good to use in the playoffs.
The run game needs to get back on track. Toston had some good runs and for his first game since preseason he handled himself fairly well but like I mentioned earlier I'm not sure why they benched him in the 3rd only to bring him back late in the game. I think Allen and Toston should be getting an even amount of play and to rotate them in on alternate series could be effective. Messam can be thrown in for blocking and the odd run even to give more diversity to the run game.
The inconsistency in the run game (basically abandoning it in the 3rd quarter) last night really had a big effect on the game.
Once again too many two and outs and the defense gets gassed and blown out in the 4th.
The O line has to get back to being as good as they were last year and that means having Labatte, Best, Picard, Heenan playing together and firing off the line instead of waiting for the defense to come to them. These guys need to be complely dominate and agressive. Way too many times they are getting beaten by waiting for the defenders to attack them and then they have to grab the defender because they are beaten, don't allow the defense to dictate the play but instead have them dictate what the defense does. The running backs have to pick up the blitz and help chip in on protection.
On defense there are some obvious weak spots and this is putting so much pressure on the D line to get to the qb, if they don't then the defensive back field will get picked to pieces. Not sure what the solution is here other then different players and at this time of year it's too late for that. Next year I hope there is a different look to the defensive backfield and we can get either one or two good FA's to do the job or we can get some good prospects in training camp.
Special teams is killing this team and has been a weakness all year. Milo is not getting it done on kickoffs as I have mentioned countless times. Way too short on the kickoffs and the field position change is such an advantage to the other team. When you start on the 40 or even in better field postion time and time again it doesn't take much for the otherteam to get points. Bartel is not the answer either if you ask me again the field position factor is killing the team.