Offense 2013

Who'll be our new QB coach?

Will AC return for another year, retire, or retire into a coaching position?

With McPherson re-sign? Will Neiswander get his shot?

Can Whitaker regain his pre-injury form?

How will Meyer fare as the new OC?

And the million-dollar question: how many passes will Deslauriers fumble away to enemy DBs next year? Three? Five? :smiley:

Lots of questions this year on offense!

AC will be back next year.

AD will probably move on opening the door for Nieswander.

And the million dollar question : do we need to answer that one ?! My hope is that he drops/fumbles 3-5 next season for another team. :wink:

As I said on many occasions, Anthony will return.

I am still not sure if Adrian will leave. Where can he go? Which team will pay him as a number 1 QB? I can't name one. If he leaves,Josh Neiswander will have the chance to be number 2.

Marc Trestman could be the QB coach or none named.

I don't feel that Eric Deslauriers is that bad.

I am confident in Pat Meyer,as Offensive Coordinator. Will he also be Offensive Line Coach? Not sure,although I say no. Andy Bischoff could be Offensive Line Coach or a newcomer will be.

The Als will have a very good team.

Richard

I agree, but there seems to be a bit more uncertainty this year.

I am still not sure if Adrian will leave. Where can he go? Which team will pay him as a number 1 QB? I can't name one. If he leaves,Josh Neiswander will have the chance to be number 2.
Yeah, this doesn't worry me at all. Either Adrian stays at the backup or Neiswander takes his spot. Edmonton might be willing to pay for McPherson, but he is still unproven.
Marc Trestman could be the QB coach or none named.
To me, not naming one would be a bad decision, especially if McPherson walks and Neiswander becomes the no. 2. Trestman is already stretched pretty thin, as HC and de facto OC. Adding a position to his job would impair his ability.
I don't feel that Eric Deslauriers is that bad.
We'll have to agree to disagree. If he's the best we can do at NI receiver, Jim Popp does not know how to scout for NI receiver talent.
I am confident in Pat Meyer,as Offensive Coordinator. Will he also be Offensive Line Coach? Not sure,although I say no.
Why take OL coach away from Meyer when he's only been doing it for a year and he's had success? It is very common for coordinators to double as a position coach.
Andy Bischoff could be Offensive Line Coach or a newcomer will be.
How could Bischoff be OL coach, RB coach, ST coordinator, and admin assistant to Trestman? Too much for one man.

If Andy Bischoff was the Offensive Line Coach,he would not be the Special Teams Coach. He could be Offensive Line and Running Backs Coach along with Administrative Assistant to Marc. A new Special Teams Coach would have to be named. If Pat Meyer becomes the Offensive Coordinator and remains Offensive Line Coach, Andy will remain as Special Teams Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to Marc; someone else will be the Running Backs Coach. Walch? Nugent?

I expect Brandon Whitaker to be 100% healthy. Will he re-sign? Will he be asking too much? The Als certainly have depth at import RBs,but they will be stronger with the return of Brandon.

Richard

I think Meyer will certainly continue as OL coach. Hard to figure how Trestman will juggle with other openings, but I sincerely wish he finds a dedicated, experienced special teams coach.

As for my Offense wishes:

The resigning of at least Perrett and hopefully Woodruff also. If we lose Woodruff I would like to see Bomben plugged in. He was fun to watch as a tight end, but I do not have confidence in the double tight ends as a CFL standard offense. You need explosive plays, very hard to have 15 play drives that are successful without something going wrong.

Therefore a more imaginative playbook from Marc Trestman. I remember a Calvillo interview at training camp where when asked about Brady as co-ordinator, said he had cooked up some new, innovative plays. We never saw them, although perhaps because of all the WR/RB injuries.

A full recovery for Brandon Whitaker, as much for him personally as for the team itself.

Increased use of Noel Devine. We absolutely need more explosive plays.

A backup QB that offers hope should A.C. suffer an injury and/or at some point retires.

Dont forget we have 2 first round draft picks. Popp may want to dangle one if the guy he wants get drafted. You can get alot for a first rounder. Even though he sucked the bag in the Grey Cup and duo of Glenn, AC would be awesome to me and throw in Nieswander as the 3rd qb to do the sneeks etc...

I really hope we do something about our Deslauriers problem. If Jim Popp figures bringing him back would be a good idea, here is one stat/comparision that should be screaming at him.

Pat Lavoie has more catches and TDs in his rookie season then Eric Deslauriers last four seasons combined!

Deslauriers could be usefull, but under our system it's not happening for whatever reason.
Both sides should part ways. I hope Deslauriers finds his groove, but somewhere else.

Real nice guy but at this point I think it would be better for HIM and the team to get a new start with another CFL club.

Fair enough, but then we'd still need to hire a replacement for Walch or Nugent at their old positions.

I expect Brandon Whitaker to be 100% healthy. Will he re-sign? Will he be asking too much? The Als certainly have depth at import RBs,but they will be stronger with the return of Brandon.

Richard


I think it's fair to Brandon and to the team for him to sign a 1+1 at a reduced salary with performance incentives built in and the understanding that the team will negotiate his contract if he proves that he's still at 100%. The type of injury he is returning from is usually devastating to a running back. I am not at all confident that he'll be the same player he was, particularly since so much of his game depended on his explosive first step and the ability to make lateral cuts without losing topspeed. If he is, fantastic, but I think we should be preparing for life without Whitaker.

À mon sens, la priorité numéro 1 pour l'attaque en 2013 est la succession de Calvillo. Popp bâtit toujours en fonction du long terme, et le long terme de cette position, c'est maintenant qu'il faut le combler. McPherson va aller là où il croit avoir une chance de rivaliser pour un poste de partant dès cette saison. Ceci ne laisse pratiquement que Winnipeg et Edmonton. Durant ne me semble pas menacé, pas plus que Burris qui a tout de même eu une saison honorable. Si McPherson n'entrevoit pas cette opportunité ailleurs, il restera, car la prochaine ouverture pourrait bien être ici. Je verrais d'un bon oeil que les Alouettes mettent Mike Reilly sous contrat. Reilly est très "mature" pour un gars qui n'est qu'à sa deuxième saison dans cette ligue. Également, il semble avoir un bon leadership. Il a du cran, joue avec confiance, il lance bien et ne court pas mal non plus. Plusieurs équipes se l'arracheront.

Du côté de Whitaker, il faut aussi voir quelles sont ses alternatives. Harris, Cornish et Sheets sont bien en selle. Simpson semble avoir un ascendant sur le poste à Winnipeg. Resteraient Toronto, Hamilton et Edmonton. Les Eskimos ont Charles et Messam. Certes, les deux ont été blessés, mais ils ont également un problème à régler au poste de quart. Ceci pour dire que leur budget pourrait être suffisamment grugé par la position du quart pour limiter leurs moyens chez le porteur de ballons. Les Argonauts semblent satisfaits de Kackert. Comme ils ne savent pas plus que les Alouettes comment il se remettra de sa blessure, rien ne les pressera de le mettre sous contrat. Les Timinous ont Cobourne, qui a montré qu'il a encore sa place dans cette ligue, et Walker. Il n'y aurait pas de nécessité pour eux de se précipiter sur Whitaker sans savoir comment il aurait récupéré. Donc, toute équipe qui voudrait acquérir les services de Whitaker avant qu'il ait eu le feu vert pour aller sur le terrain pourraient ne faire que des offres qui sont conditionnelles à ce qu'il passe les examens médicaux à leur satisfaction. Dans les circonstances, les chances que Whitaker demeure à Montréal sont assez bonnes.

D'autre part les Alouettes ne sont pas si dépourvus avec Anderson, Jennings et Devine non plus.

On peut s'attendre à ce que Diedrick ne revienne pas avec l'équipe. Comme celui de Carter l'an dernier, son jeu n'a pas été satisfaisant en 2012 et l'équipe peut compter sur un jeune très polyvalent en Patrick Lavoie. Par contre, si les Alouettes comptent remplacer Diedrick, ils seraient avisés de trouver un centre-arrière qui est meilleur porteur que Lavoie. Ils auraient ainsi deux centres-arrières qui se complètent.

Du côté de Perrett et Woodruff, on peut penser qu'on ne pourra garder les deux. Dans cette éventualité, les Alouettes pourraient choisir de promouvoir Matte, qui n'a pas été vilain les queques fois qu'il a vu le jeu, faire jouer Ola, ou monter Barrette. On sait qu'Ola peut faire le travail, mais son ajout à l'alignement obligerait à balancer le ratio ailleurs.

C'est chez les receveurs qu'on devrait voir de l'action. London et Green seront de retour. Richardson devrait revenir aussi. Du côté de Bratton, je ne sais pas. Tous les receveurs ont connu leur part d'ennuis en 2012 et Bratton pourrait écoper au profit d'un receveur plus jeune. Deslauriers ne devrait pas être de retour avec l'équipe. Est-ce que l'équipe mettra Millington à la place de Deslauriers, il est très tôt pour spéculer là-dessus, mais à mon sens, malgré les quelques bons jeux qu'il a réalisés, Deslauriers n'a pas été à la hauteur de ce qu'on pouvait attendre de sa production. Seulement, voilà, Deslauriers peut aussi jouer sur les unités spéciales. Est-ce que son remplaçant pourrait aussi le faire? Avons-nous seulement besoin d'un receveur qui puisse le faire? Les Alouettes ont passablement recruté et évalué des receveurs cette saison et on peut s'attendre à ce qu'ils montent des candidats pour être prêts dans deux ou trois saisons, un peu comme ils l'ont fait avec Green et London.

Parmi les apports qui proviendraient de l'extérieur à l'attaque, si les Alouettes pouvaient avoir Shawn Gore, ce serait un excellent ajour. Gore n'est pas le receveur le plus exhubérant, mais il fait un excellent travail. Il a une personnalité qui cadrerait très bien avec la mentalité de Trestman.

Okay, Mike Miller, one thing bothering me: that wide-side screen pass we kept running in the first Winnipeg game. It kept getting blown up for minimal gain no matter who was taking the pass (Green or Deslauriers). It feels like the blocking formation wasn't great on the play; typically in this league, you see that receiver screen emerging out of a trips bunch formation so the receiver isn't cut down right after he gets the ball. Also, no point in running that play if you aren't prepared to extend it logically: that is, pump-fake the screen and take a shot down the field.

Pierre Vercheval, less emotional than most of us and with his background as a player, hits the nail on the head as to what ails the offense.

This isnt on Popp, this isnt even on Hawkins. It is strictly on Miller for not understanding how to put together a CFL offense. And to a lesser extent Doug Berry for not guiding him. Imagine this team with George Cortez as offensive co-ordinator!

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Now time to start enjoying summer before I get any more grey hair.

Solution! Hire Pierre Vercheval and all the Als offensive and other problems will be resolved.

While there could be/are problems with the offensive schemes, I definitely don't agree with most of Pierre Vercheval comments/remarks. Some coaches may not understand completely the CFL game,but they are not a bunch of dummies. Assuming that they have not looked at the films is stupid. His negative comments were against the coaches and not directed towards the players.

Against Calgary,the Als offence had the ball for roughly 23 minutes to Calgary 37. Yes,if the Als offence had more first downs and less 2 and out, they would have had the ball more but, on the other hand, had the defence stopped the Calgary offence better, the offence would have been on the field more. In many occasions the defence had penalties that kept drives alive and, in a more than often occasions, could not stop Calgary on second and long. Same scenario as in the last years. Same happened against Winnipeg. I totally agree that the defence is playing much better than last season,but there are still some flaws. The number 1 problem remains the offence,along with Anthony.

Yes,July 25th may be the deadline for some coaches,particularly Miller, but they are not the only ones to blame; while I expect the Als to lose their next game-I will pick the Als in Dave "pool'- by the end of week 4,there still could be as many as 3 Eastern teams with a record of 1-3. Not desperate time,yet, and let's not throw everyone overboard. I expect players changes and possibly in the coaching staff,unless they are 3-2 on July 25th. Even with such a record I foresee players changes. Kuale may have the same ending as Aaron Hunt,last season. Gone after 3 games!.

I remain confident.

Richard

I disagree quite strongly with your first point. I have nothing but praise for our defense. In our last match, we had close to no running game, and a running game is crucial for ball possession and clock management. I think it's silly to blame our defense, who are clearly our strongest unit, for the disadvantage in time of possession. The offensive coaching is clearly to blame here, in my opinion. Our defense have been the ones keeping us in it for the past three games. If we're going strictly by the numbers and the stats, we have one of the worst offenses in the league, and one of the best defenses in the league.

I want to have confidence in our team, too, but the offense doesn't inspire it right now. I'm still outraged by how we went for two pass plays on 2nd & 2, and 3rd & 2 in the late fourth quarter, when Brandon Whitaker was averaging over 5 yards a carry. It's infuriating.

Penalties were a big problem again in particular Lavoie's penalty on Special teams but I can't agree with the rest. When your playing at home and you can't move the ball at all on 12 consecutive possession eight 2AO and 4 turnovers and refuse to run the ball you can't blame the defense for the time of possession or penalties as they are completely exhausted and will be more prone to making mistakes. Nik Lewis has made a career of converting second downs, Cox and Tisdale just could not handle him.

And that defense still held Calgary to mostly field goals. After which, the offense would get the ball, go two-and-out, and effing Pippin would come on to do his punter impression. Not gonna blame the D for last game, at all. Sure, they had a couple of preventable penalties, but they got dinged for some ridiculous PI calls where our receivers were being mugged with no corresponding penalty. At some point, your offense has to buckle down and move the football. I'm not even saying score majors, just give your D a breather and maybe post a couple of field goals. The offense did absolutely nothing outside of one scoring drive that ended on a broken-play TD and was not due to anything Miller was doing scheme or playbook-wise.

He was averaging 5 yards with the 3 sneaks. His real average was close to 8 yards. Had the offense done its job its likely Calgary would have been held to less than 15 points.

One thing I agree with Richard on: Kuale will be gone if he doesn't start to make an impact. So far, he's been invisible. Lavarias hasn't impressed either. Jim Popp, maybe give Lockley or Obiozor a call?

I don't seen any problems with the defense.