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It’s no secret the Als must score more points this season and get the ball into the end zone to succeed. It was the team’s Achilles heel a year ago, despite competence on defence and special teams. Glenn believes that will occur, the team using more motion and different formations to give the receivers leverage.
“They’re not always getting open off pure ability,? Glenn explained. “Our motions will counteract those (defensive) setups … the coverage they’re playing. That stuff will help us. It will alleviate some of the pressure off the receivers. They don’t have to line up every time and beat their guy. They don’t have to do as much to get open.?
Not to toot my own vetugenfluken ("I can't even reach mine!")*, but what Glenn is saying is pretty much exactly what I've been saying about motion and formation for the past few years. When you have to simplify stuff to accommodate a lesser QB, or when you have an American college or ex-NFL coach who doesn't understand the CFL, you wind up with an offense that might be easy to run but is also easy to stop, because you are putting pressure on your receivers to "line up every time and beat their guy" play after play after play. A good offense uses motion, formation, cadence, and audible to open up areas of the field for its receivers -- the motion forces defenses out of a certain coverage or makes it more difficult for them to get to their coverage assignments.
A simple example of this would be a play that involves a receiver running a crossing pattern but being aided by a pick from another receiver at the line of scrimmage. Because of that pick, the DB has to "bubble" laterally across the field to reach his receiver, which means the receiver has open space to receive the ball turn upfield and pick up a few extra yards from the start. Those are the kinds of plays we need to run routinely. No receiver, no matter how talented, can beat his man using pure ability all the time. When you consider the $hit show of garbage playbooks we've had in the past three years, it's a credit to our players that we've been able to move the ball and score points at all.
- Bonus points if you can identify this super-dated reference.