The only reason I think we may be in some trouble is because we can't run the ball which is something you have to do, especially when it gets cold out. You can't honestly expect Darian to go sling it 300+ yards in the playoffs and GC if we make it there. Thankfully it has not been brutally cold but who knows what the next couple of weeks will bring. So we can't run the ball which makes it tough to put together long physical drives and it also puts our D on the field and with the way they have played lately...it is just tough to predict.
Both teams have a lot on the line..Calgary has the GC this year so they will want to be in the best position to get there in front of their fans and we are trying to win for the first time since 76..Ottawa has hosted a WF since then..
If our D holds together and we can get some type of running game going then we have an awesome shot at winning Saturday and getting to the big dance.
I will go off the mark a little bit here..but my x-factor for the GC run is Stu Foord. Cates will need to step up but I think Stu can bring that extra burst in the backfield and he is a guy other teams will not be focusing on.
I would say something about Lapolice but what is the point..our athletes are going to have to make him look like a genious. Well actually I will say a couple things cut back on the shotgun draws..use more misdirection(not sure if we have the line for that though) and screens and qb draws on something other than 2nd and 15+.
I really doubt the WR screens will work but that is ok, I think we need to use them. Calgary has very physical corners as we all know. Give them what they want, throw the hitches, run sweeps, do quick outs...set them up. We will have at least one shot to go vertical if we can bait them and I fully believe we can. Get Armstead out there and one pump and he will get behind the coverage and as long as DD gets the ball to him it is a big play, possibly 6 on the board. I like the full sprint plays we run but again I question if we have the line to give Darian the time. The one misdirection play that I really like is the fake fb dive then pitch it to cates going the other way. I mainly love the play because we use it once every couple games! Too bad we killed the play where the slot comes on the sweep(option) then the second phase is the shotgun draw(again option) and the final phase is everybody floods to one side and nothing comes of that play anymore because we beat it to death..brought it back to life only to kill it again.
I don't think anything I mentioned is unrealistic or something we can't do. Just a matter of preparation and making the proper adjustments, unfortunately the latter has been absent this season.
Defensively we need to get massive pressure with our front 4. I'm still not sold on MM in the middle and Lucas can't cover..sure he makes a lot of tackles..after he gives up a catch and a first down. When is the last time he has make a solo tackle facing a guy? I honestly can not recall..we need to move Tad back to lb and keep him there or don't play him at all. He is doing a very good job at linebacker and he is gettign exposed as a db. I would rather a raw rookie take his spot. Basically if we can contain Burris and limit Joffery we will have success. Make Burris a pocket passer, collapse the pocket. No doubt they will make plays and they will move the ball in between the 20's. We need to step up when it matters and hold them to FG attempts.
The name of the game is consistency. I know we CAN play consistent football but WILL we...we shall see on Saturday.