Last night's game certainly wasn't a confidence builder, but a win is a win.
The Ti-Cats defense played another strong game, but still had a few little slip ups, although any time the opposing offense does not score a touchdown, your defense is doing something right.
The offense appears to still be a work in progress, and if anything it has been exposed a bit both last night and in the fourth quarter of last weeks game. The lack of a running game, and an occassionally suspect group of pass protectors makes this offense a little soft when they get to the red zone or late in the game when they need to make things happen. Ottawa blitzed time and time again on Friday night, and far too many times the offense did not make them pay. Toronto put pressure on them late in the game and all Hamilton's offense did was go backwards. Another concern is the lack of a deep arial attack. Collaros seldom hooks up on deep throws, even when players are wide open. The loss of LeFevour has also impacted the short yardarge game. Collaros sits up too high on these plays, and it often seems like a gamble on third and short.
Hopefully things can be improved a little more before the end of the year. The offense is great at the short possession passing game. If they can add a little more depth to their game it could really pay off. It would also help if we could get Wojt or Dyakowski off the IR, and if Madu can return to action and not get hurt again.
As much as I am a little concerned about the offense, it has been proven time and time again that defense wins championships. If the offense is able to find a way to protect the quarterback and sustain drives on a regular basis, this team can play with any team in the CFL. The defense is really playing well and will at least give this team a shot.